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Kraken beat Sharks in final home game of season

Seattle gets early goals form Gourde, Larsson in 3-0 win

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San Jose Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen, rear, watches as Seattle Kraken center Yanni Gourde, right, vie for the puck with San Jose Sharks left wing Matt Nieto (83) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, April 29, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S.
San Jose Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen, rear, watches as Seattle Kraken center Yanni Gourde, right, vie for the puck with San Jose Sharks left wing Matt Nieto (83) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, April 29, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press) Photo Gallery

SEATTLE (AP) — Yanni Gourde and Adam Larsson scored in the first period to help Seattle a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks in the Kraken’s final home game of the season on Friday night.

Victor Rask scored an empty-net goal in the final minute and Chris Driedger had 24 saves for his first shutout of the season — the Kraken’s third.

Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 28 shots for the Sharks, who finished the season on a three-game losing streak.

It was the final game of the season for San Jose and the last home game for Seattle, two teams who were well out of the playoff hunt.

Although Seattle has had a disappointing inaugural season — and the third-worst record in the NHL — the home crowd was in a celebratory mood. The Kraken gave the fans early reasons to cheer, taking a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Gourde netted his 21st goal from the top of the right circle. Adam Larsson scored the second goal on a slap shot from the top of the left circle with 1½ minutes to play in the period. It was Larsson’s 25th point of the season, setting a career high.

Seattle rookie Matty Beniers earned an assist on Larsson’s goal, giving him at least one point in eight of his nine career games.

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