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Marner has hat trick, shootout winner in Maple Leafs’ 4-3 victory over Kraken

Seattle rallied to tie game with two goals in third period

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Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer pauses after Toronto Maple Leafs&rsquo; Mitchell Marner scored his third goal, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov 30, 2023, in Toronto.
Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer pauses after Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mitchell Marner scored his third goal, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov 30, 2023, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) Photo Gallery

TORONTO — Mitch Marner had his second career hat trick and added the shootout winner in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 4-3 victory over the Seattle Kraken on Thursday night.

Auston Matthews also scored in the shootout and had two assists to help Toronto improve to 12-6-3. Joseph Woll made 37 saves.

Jared McCann scored twice for Seatttle. Eeli Tolvanen added a goal and Philipp Grubauer stopped 25 shots.

Wearing a full shield and cage after taking a puck to the jaw against Florida on Tuesday night, Marner ended an eight-game goal drought with the offensive flurry. He also scored three goals against Detroit on Feb. 26, 2022.

Marner opened the scoring at 6:34 of the first period on a power play off a nice pass from William Nylander. Marner made it 2-0 21 seconds into the second on a one-timer that took a deflection right as a Seattle penalty was expiring.

McCann cut it to 2-1 on a power play at 3:37 of the second.

Marner completed the hat trick with 3:59 left in the second with his eighth goal of the season, taking a breakaway pass from Jake McCabe and beating Grubauer with a high shot.

Seattle rallied in the third, with Tolvanen scoring off a rush at 6:15 and McCann tying it with 6:36 to go.

Woll made three huge stops in the extra period for Toronto, the best on Jordan Eberle to force the shootout.

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Kraken are at Ottawa on Saturday night.

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MAPLE LEAFS 4, KRAKEN 3 (SO)

Seattle 0 1 2 0—3

Toronto 1 2 0 1—4

(Toronto won shootout 2-0)

First Period—1, Toronto, Marner 6 (Nylander, Matthews), 6:34 (pp).

Second Period—2, Toronto, Marner 7 (Matthews, Timmins), 0:21. 3, Seattle, McCann 10 (Eberle, Bjorkstrand), 3:37 (pp). 4, Toronto, Marner 8 (McCabe), 16:01.

Third Period—5, Seattle, Tolvanen 6 (Kartye, Larsson), 6:14. 6, Seattle, McCann 11 (Schultz, Wennberg), 13:24.

Overtime—None.

Shootout—Toronto 2 (Nylander NG, Matthews G, Marner G), Seattle 0 (Yamamoto NG, McCann NG).

Shots on Goal—Seattle 7-17-12-4—40. Toronto 13-7-8-0—28.

Power-play opportunities—Seattle 1 of 5; Toronto 1 of 3.

Goalies—Seattle, Grubauer 5-7-1 (28 shots-25 saves). Toronto, Woll 8-5-0 (40-37).

A—18,366 (18,819). T—2:44.

Referees—Cody Beach, Frederick L’Ecuyer. Linesmen—Tommy Hughes, Brad Kovachik.

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