Strange from the start: Burakovsky’s OT goal gives Kraken a wild 9-8 win over Kings

LOS ANGELES — Andre Burakovsky scored two goals, including the overtime winner, and the Seattle Kraken defeated the Los Angeles Kings 9-8 Tuesday night in the highest-scoring NHL game of the season.

Burakovsky hit a power play after 2:08 of the extra session, giving Seattle its first six-game winning streak in franchise history.

“At the end of the day it was one of those last shot wins games and that’s what happened,” said Kraken coach Dave Hakstol. “It’s better to be on the winning side and the good side than the other side, but it’s a crazy game of hockey.”

Matty Beniers and Jared McCann each scored two goals as the Kraken set a team record for goals in their second NHL season. Alex Wennberg, Daniel Sprong and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored and Martin Jones made 27 saves.

Gabe Vilardi had two goals for the Kings but Cal Petersen allowed four shots from 16 after replacing Jonathan Quick early in the second half. Anze Kopitar, Viktor Arvidsson, Carl Grundstrom, Adrian Kempe, Sean Durzi and Mikey Anderson also scored for Los Angeles.

Durzi reduced to 8-7 with 8:16 in the third period and Anderson equalized with 6:21 to go.

“It’s a very, very confusing night for all of us,” said Kings coach Todd McLellan. “I’m really disappointed that we conceded nine goals, absolutely. But on the other side of the coin, I’m glad we fought back, took a point and scored eight goals. So it’s mass confusion for all of us now, and we better find out real damn quick.

It looked like the Kings might be able to score in overtime when Trevor Moore played the puck in the offensive zone before Kempe came on the bench, resulting in a penalty for too many men on the ice led. Burakovsky fired a wrist shot from the right circle through traffic on the power play that followed.

“I’ve got the puck in a good range and I’ll be shooting from there all day,” Burakovsky said.

Although Burakovsky secured victory with his second game with multiple goals in the last three games, he was not happy.

“It was a pretty screwed up night,” he said. “We traded chances, a lot of sloppy games. I think we played a really bad game and so did they. We were lucky that they didn’t play well at all.”

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Seattle surpassed the eight goals it scored against San Jose last Wednesday. McCann compared the game to Canadian-raised pond hockey, before then pointing out the similarities to junior hockey.

“It’s going to be one of those nights,” he said. “Will be a lot of goals, will be a lot of offense so good to get the two points.”


Hakstol said he never considered pulling off Jones, who had his 12th win in 18 games last season to match his 25-game total with Philadelphia.

For the Kings, the decision to change goalies proved costly as Petersen was responsible for the goal that put the Kraken back in front.

Petersen blocked Sprong’s shot but didn’t realize the puck went high in the air before landing in his crease, landing on his skate and hitting the net at 7:27.

Björkstrand then took down Petersen with a wrist shot from high position under the bar to make it 7-5 midway through the middle section.


The first half was practically a game in itself, resulting in a 3-3 draw after 20 minutes, with Kopitar scoring after 16 seconds. It was his 11th career goal in the first minute of a game that ranks Kopitar sixth in NHL history and set the stage for two power-play goals per team in their four combined chances. Kraken defender Justin Schultz grabbed the second assist on all three of his club’s goals, setting a franchise record for most assists in one period.


Kings F Kevin Fiala had four assists and D Drew Doughty had three. … Kraken F Jordan Eberle had four assists.


Kraken: Host of the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

Kings: Hosts the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

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