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Wennberg’s quick goal helps Kraken to 6-1 victory over Kings

Seattle wins fourth game in last six

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Wennberg scored 14 seconds into the game, Jared McCann had his team-leading 24th goal of the season and the Seattle Kraken dominated on both ends of the ice in a 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Chris Driedger stopped 36 shots for the Kraken, who have four wins in their last six games.

Seattle had 14 of its 18 skaters record a point. Adam Larsson, Victor Rask, Jordan Eberle and Daniel Sprong also scored and Vince Dunn collected two assists.

Arthur Kaliyev scored and Cal Petersen made 32 saves for Los Angeles, which had earned points in four of its last five coming into the game. It was the 1,000th NHL regular-season game for coach Todd McLellan, making him the seventh active coach to accomplish the feat.

The Kings are two points ahead of Edmonton for second place in the Pacific Division. The teams are scheduled to meet Wednesday night.

Wennberg put in a rebound after Petersen made a pad save on a wraparound attempt by Ryan Donato. Wennberg’s eighth goal of the season is the quickest in the expansion Kraken’s short history, eclipsing Alex Eberle’s tally 15 seconds into the Nov. 6 game at Phoenix.

Seattle is the only team in the league this season to have two goals in the game’s first 15 seconds.

McCann’s score on an odd-man rush extended Seattle’s lead to 5-1 and came during a three-goal third. McCann’s goal came 29 seconds after Eberle beat Petersen on a breakaway.

To show how bad of a night it was for Los Angeles, the Kraken’s final goal was credited to Sprong, but came after it hit the face of Kings’ defenseman Jordan Spence and went into the net at 12:13.

Larsson gave the Kraken a 2-1 advantage 8:24 into the first period with a shot through traffic from just above the right faceoff circle. It was the defenseman’s sixth goal this season and second in the last four games.

Rask extended the lead to two goals with a snap shot from the right faceoff circle that went into the far side of the net. It was Rask’s first goal with the Kraken since he was acquired from Minnesota on March 21.

POWERING UP

Kaliyev’s power-play goal 5:23 into the first period tied the game at 1-all and extended Los Angeles’ streak in which it has scored with the man advantage to four games. That is the Kings’ longest streak since they had a six-game run last season.

Adrian Kempe did a nice job holding on to the puck and faked a shot to get Driedger out of position before passing to Kaliyev, who went top shelf. Kaliyev has 13 goals, which is tied for eighth among rookies.

McLELLAN’S MILESTONE

McLellan is 31st coach in NHL history to reach 1,000 regular-season games behind the bench. Of the seven active coaches, he is the third this season to accomplish it, joining Vancouver’s Bruce Boudreau and Vegas’ Peter DeBoer

McLellan is in his third season with the Kings. He was with the San Jose Sharks for seven years and the Edmonton Oilers for four. McLellan has a 520-368-112 regular-season mark.

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