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Yamamoto scores in shootout as Kraken beat Islanders

Seattle ends 3-game losing streak

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Seattle Kraken right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (22) works to control the puck with New York Islanders' Noah Dobson (8) defending during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, in Seattle.
Seattle Kraken right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (22) works to control the puck with New York Islanders' Noah Dobson (8) defending during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) Photo Gallery

SEATTLE — Kailer Yamamoto scored the deciding goal in the eighth round of a shootout, and the Seattle Kraken beat the reeling New York Islanders 4-3 on Thursday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Oliver Bjorkstrand and Jordan Eberle also scored in the shootout for Seattle. Philipp Grubauer stopped Noah Dobson to seal the victory after Yamamoto’s score.

Matty Beniers, Alex Wennberg and Yamamoto scored in regulation for the Kraken, all on power plays. Seattle went 3 for 4 on the power play after going a combined 0 for 7 in its previous two games.

Grubauer made 21 saves in regulation and overtime.

Seattle had lost five of six overall.

Anders Lee, Casey Cizikas and Dobson scored in regulation for the Islanders, who lost their seventh in a row. It marks their longest losing streak since dropping 11 straight early in the 2021-22 season.

Bo Horvat and Oliver Wahlstrom scored in the shootout for New York. Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots in regulation and OT.

After Lee scored on a power play 3:46 into the game, Beniers answered with a power-play goal midway through the first. He fired a wrist shot from the left circle for his second on the season.

Wennberg added another power-play goal with 1:31 left in the first, one-timing a feed from Oliver Bjorkstrand to give the Kraken a 2-1 lead. It was Wennberg’s second in as many games after opening the season with a 16-game scoreless streak.

Cizikas tied it at 14:25 of the second with his third of the season and 100th of his career. Dobson then gave New York a 3-2 lead 1:48 into the third, scoring on a power play for his fifth.

Yamamoto tied it on another power-play goal at 4:50 of the third. Yamamoto received a pass from Jaden Schwartz and scored on a backhanded move for his third.

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Kraken are at Vancouver on Saturday night.

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KRAKEN 4, ISLANDERS 3 (SO)

N.Y. Islanders 1 1 1 0—3

Seattle 2 0 1 1—4

Seattle won shootout 3-2

First Period—1, N.Y. Islanders, Lee 2 (Nelson, Horvat), 3:46 (pp). 2, Seattle, Beniers 2 (Yamamoto, Dunn), 9:54 (pp). 3, Seattle, Wennberg 2 (Bjorkstrand, Eberle), 18:29 (pp).

Second Period—4, N.Y. Islanders, Cizikas 3 (Barzal, Pulock), 14:25.

Third Period—5, N.Y. Islanders, Dobson 5 (Barzal, Palmieri), 1:48 (pp). 6, Seattle, Yamamoto 3 (Tolvanen, Schwartz), 4:50 (pp).

Overtime—None.

Shootout—Seattle 3 (Schultz NG, Beniers NG, Bjorkstrand G, McCann NG, Wennberg NG, Eberle G, Tolvanen NG, Yamamoto G), N.Y. Islanders 2 (Barzal NG, Horvat G, Holmstrom NG, Palmieri NG, Nelson NG, Wahlstrom G, Pageau NG, Dobson NG).

Shots on Goal—N.Y. Islanders 6-10-5-2—23. Seattle 16-6-10-0—32.

Power-play opportunities—N.Y. Islanders 2 of 5; Seattle 3 of 4.

Goalies—N.Y. Islanders, Varlamov 2-3-1 (32 shots-29 saves). Seattle, Grubauer 4-6-0 (23-20).

A—17,151 (17,100). T—2:46.

Referees—Tom Chmielewski, Justin Kea. LinesmenJulien Fournier, Bevan Mills.

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