TORONTO — Vince Dunn had a goal and two assists, Martin Jones stopped 26 shots and the Seattle Kraken beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.
“We shot a lot of pucks tonight from all sorts of angles,” Dunn said. “That’s really important to keep the goalie honest and for us to establish a forecheck.”
Jared McCann had a goal and an assist to help Seattle improve to 21-12-4. Eeli Tolvanen opened the scoring for the Kraken on the power play, with Matty Beniers and Alex Wennberg adding goals.
John Tavares had a power-play goal for Toronto and Matt Murray made 21 saves. The Maple Leafs dropped to 23-9-7.
Just 14 seconds after Tavares tied it midway through the second period, Dunn handcuffed Murray with a wrist shot that dropped to the ice off the goalie’s arm and slid over the goal line.
McCann made it 3-1 shortly afterward, taking a lead pass from Jaden Schwartz for a clean breakaway. He snapped a shot past Murray, pumping his fist as he curled away past the goal in celebration of his team-leading 18th goal of the season.
“We have to do a better job, obviously, of executing those details, especially in certain moments of the game to continue to give us a chance and be right there,” Tavares said. “Especially when we did a lot of good things in the first half.”
Kraken at Ottawa on Saturday in the third game of a seven-game trip.
KRAKEN 5, MAPLE LEAFS 1
Seattle 0 4 1—5
Toronto 0 1 0—1
Second Period—1, Seattle, Tolvanen 4 (Dunn, McCann), 7:02 (pp). 2, Toronto, Tavares 16 (Matthews, Marner), 10:54 (pp). 3, Seattle, Dunn 5, 11:08. 4, Seattle, McCann 18 (Dunn, Schwartz), 13:50. 5, Seattle, Beniers 13 (Eberle, Burakovsky), 17:25.
Third Period—6, Seattle, Wennberg 8 (Gourde, Tanev), 2:57.
Shots on Goal—Seattle 3-12-11—26. Toronto 9-12-6—27.
Power-play opportunities—Seattle 1 of 2; Toronto 1 of 5.
Goalies—Seattle, Jones 17-5-3 (27 shots-26 saves). Toronto, Murray 9-4-2 (26-21).
A—18,624 (18,819). T—2:23.