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Kraken beat Blackhawks in shootout to halt nine-game slide

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Jan 17, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Kraken right wing Joonas Donskoi (72) celebrates after scoring a goal during a shootout against the Chicago Blackhawks at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Kraken right wing Joonas Donskoi (72) celebrates after scoring a goal during a shootout against the Chicago Blackhawks at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports

Joonas Donskoi, who has yet to score a goal this season, netted the clincher in a shootout as the Seattle Kraken snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Monday afternoon.

Vince Dunn and Ryan Donato scored in regulation and Donato also tallied in the shootout for Seattle, which was 0-8-1 since Dec. 14. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer stopped 25 shots, plus both of Chicago’s attempts in the shootout.

Dominik Kubalik had a goal and an assist and Brandon Hagel also scored for the Blackhawks, who had a season-high-tying four-game winning streak snapped.

Chicago goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves, including a penalty shot by Jared McCann with 6:26 remaining to preserve the 2-2 tie.

Donato scored in the second round of the shootout, taking a slow approach before lifting a shot over a sprawling Fleury. After a Chicago miss, Donskoi scored on a wrist shot high to the glove side.

It was scoreless until past the midpoint of the second period.

The Blackhawks tallied first, as Kubalik converted a breakaway off a long lead pass from Erik Gustafsson at 12:06 of the second.

Dunn tied it at 15:01, his shot from just inside the blue line deflecting off a defenseman trying to clear the front of the crease before ricocheting off the crossbar and over the goal line.

The Blackhawks regained the lead on the power play at 17:06 of the second. Patrick Kane passed to Kubalik in front of the net and he took two shots from close range, with Grubauer stopping both. The rebound of the latter shot squirted free to Hagel, alone at the right post, and he tapped the puck into the open side of the net.

The Kraken tied it on a two-on-one rush at 2:02 of the third. Donato’s initial shot was stopped by Fleury but a sliding Caleb Jones took out his own goalie and Donato scored on the rebound.

–Field Level Media