Matthew Tkachuk scored the go-ahead goal with 2:26 left in the third period as the Calgary Flames, playing their first game since Dec. 11, defeated the host Seattle Kraken 6-4 Thursday night.
Johnny Gaudreau scored twice and Milan Lucic, Andrew Mangiapane and Noah Hanifin also tallied for the Flames, who snapped a four-game winless streak (0-3-1). Tkachuk and Gaudreau each notched three points, and Calgary goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 18 saves.
Mark Giordano, playing his first game against the Flames after spending 15 seasons in Calgary, had a goal and two assists for the Kraken. Calle Jarnkrok added a goal and two helpers, Jared McCann had a goal and one assist, and Yanni Gourde also scored. Chris Driedger stopped 34 of 39 shots as Seattle lost for the second night in a row and fell to 0-3-1 in its past four games.
It was a wild finish after the score was tied at 3-3 with less than 3 1/2 minutes remaining.
Mangiapane broke the tie with a power-play goal at 16:51.
The Kraken responded 30 seconds later, with McCann tipping Giordano’s shot from the point past Markstrom.
The Flames regained the lead as Tkachuk put a low wrist shot from the high slot through a screen and Driedger’s pads. Hanifin added an empty-net goal with 20 seconds remaining to clinch the victory.
Giordano, selected by Seattle in the expansion draft, opened the scoring at 5:48 of the first period, putting a wrist shot past Markstrom from the high slot.
Gaudreau tied it at 9:46 of the period, taking a cross-ice pass from Nikita Zadorov and beating Driedger with a one-timer from the left circle.
Seattle regained the lead just nine seconds into the second period as Jarnkrok crashed the net on a power play and knocked a rebound of McCann’s shot past Markstrom.
Gaudreau tied the score again at 3:54 of the second on a power play. He corralled the puck in the right wing corner and circled back before putting a wrist shot into the upper corner of the net.
Lucic gave the Flames their first lead at 14:56 of the second. Christopher Tanev intercepted a clearing attempt at the right point and sent a cross-ice pass to Lucic, who scored on a wrister from the left circle.
The Kraken tied it at 4:59 of the third on a three-on-two breakaway. Gourde skated to the top left of the crease and tipped Colin Blackwell’s pass into the open side of the net.
–Field Level Media