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Bjorkstrand goal, assist helps Kraken beat Sharks 4-2

By BEN ROSS Associated Press
Published: April 1, 2024, 10:32pm
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Seattle Kraken left wing Andre Burakovsky (95) reaches for the puck against San Jose Sharks defenseman Kyle Burroughs (4) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 1, 2024.
Seattle Kraken left wing Andre Burakovsky (95) reaches for the puck against San Jose Sharks defenseman Kyle Burroughs (4) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Photo Gallery

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his 20th goal of the season and added an assist as the Seattle Kraken beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Monday night.

Jared McCann, Matty Beniers and Shane Wright also scored for Seattle, and Jordan Eberle had an assist for his 700th NHL point. Philipp Grubauer made 24 saves to earn the win.

Fabian Zetterlund had a goal and an assist for San Jose, which lost for the 19th time in its last 21 games. Klim Kostin also scored for the Sharks, and Mikael Granlund had an assist to extend his point streak to five games. Mackenzie Blackwood finished with 28 saves.

Beniers started the scoring 29 seconds into the first period, giving him goals in three straight games.

Tye Kartye appeared to score Seattle’s second goal a few minutes later, but the Sharks successfully challenged that the play was offside.

Bjorkstrand then made it 2-0 with 8:34 left in the first period.

Zetterlund answered for the Sharks less than three minutes later on the power play, scoring his 21st goal of the year.

The Kraken regained their two-goal lead late in the first when Wright, recalled from Coachella Valley of the AHL earlier Monday, scored his first goal of the season, and the second of his career.

Kostin brought San Jose back within one at 5:01 of the second period when he deflected Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s point shot past Grubauer.

The score remained 3-2 until the final seconds of the game, when McCann scored an empty-netter for his 28th goal of the year.

Kraken defenseman Vince Dunn returned to the lineup and recorded an assist after missing 12 games with an upper-body injury.

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