Flames rebound with impressive 5-2 win over Kraken
SEATTLE (AP) — Tyler Toffoli, Elias Lindholm and Blake Coleman each had a goal and two assists, and the Calgary Flames defeated the Seattle Kraken 5-2 on Friday night.
Calgary rebounded impressively after being surprisingly routed at home in a 5-1 setback against low Chicago a day earlier. The Flames led the Kraken in Seattle for the second straight season, clinching two of three in the season series and entering their All-Star break on a high.
Lindholm deflected a pass from Toffoli at 7:16 of the first period to beat Calgary with his 15th goal, even after Seattle took an early lead.
Toffoli’s 18th goal at 13:28 gave Calgary a 2-1 lead and Nikita Zadorov scored with 4.5 seconds left in the first period to give the Flames a 3-1 lead.
Noah Hanifin scored his fourth goal of the season with 8:20 in the third period after Seattle drew 3-2, and Coleman added an empty goal with 1:20 left.
Dan Vladar made 29 saves and won his fifth straight start.
Recently called up by the AHL, John Hayden gave Seattle a 1-0 lead by deflecting Will Borgen’s shot from a point early in the first period. But the Kraken seemed a step slow all night, failing to capitalize on numerous opportunities with an additional attacker. Seattle was the worst season 0 for 6 on the power play.
Seattle seemed to draw in to 3-2 with 11:01 on Alex Wennberg’s powerplay goal, but Calgary challenged the keeper’s interference and the goal was knocked over. The Kraken finally scored that goal when Eeli Tolvanen scored on a rebound with 9:24 to go, but Hanifin responded 64 seconds later.
Martin Jones made 33 saves, but the Kraken lost for the second time in three games and missed an opportunity to advance to sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.
Seattle also sees injuries affecting its lineup. Hayden was in the lineup because rookie All-Star center Matty Beniers was out after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers in Wednesday’s win against the Canucks. Benier’s injury was not specified, but he has already been ruled out for Saturday’s game against Columbus and his status for next weekend’s All-Star game is uncertain.
Calgary placed D Chris Tanev on injured reserve Friday and activated IR’s F Brett Ritchie. Tanev was injured against Columbus last Monday and was injured in Thursday’s loss to Chicago. In Tanev’s absence, MacKenzie Weegar paired with Nikita Zadorov against the Blackhawks and again against Seattle. Ritchie was scratched. … Seattle placed D Justin Schultz on IR and recalled F Max McCormick from the AHL’s Coachella Valley. Schultz had missed three games before being placed on IR.
Flames: Calgary is free until February 6 when it plays at the New York Rangers.
Kraken: Host Columbus on Saturday.
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Tim Booth, The Associated Press