Pavelski scores five points for Stars in win over Kraken
DALLAS– Joe Pavelsky scored two goals and three assists for the Dallas Stars in a 5-2 win over the Seattle Kraken at American Airlines Center on Wednesday.
Pavelski (37 years, 185 days) is the first NHL player 37 or older to score at least five points in a game since Teemu Selanne had three goals and two assists for the Anaheim Ducks against the Avalanche of Colorado on March 28, 2011 (40 years, 268 days). It was the first five-point game of Pavelski’s NHL career.
“It’s a fun night,” Pavelski said. “The puck goes in the net, we get a lot of chances. Usually when you have a night where you put some points on the board, it’s your teammates who have been really good, which was a big part of the case here tonight.”
Roope Hintz got a goal and two assists, and Jason Robertson extended his point streak to eight games with a goal and an assist for the Stars (18-13-2), who won five of six games. Jake Oettinger made 23 saves.
Jared McCann scored a goal and an assist for the Kraken (10-21-4), who lost seven in a row (0-6-1). Philippe Grubauer made 20 saves.
“This [stinks] to lose”, the Seattle striker Jarnkrok Street noted. “You play this game to win games. When you win games, you have fun. We are [ticked] off tonight, but [we] have another chance tomorrow to win a hockey game (at the St. Louis Blues). »
Video: [email protected]: Pavelski places the loose puck in 1st place
Hintz scored 50 seconds into the first period when Robertson’s shot deflected off his skate to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.
“It’s important to go out there, especially at your home rink, you want to score that first goal,” Dallas coach Rick Bowness said. “Tonight we came out of the gates with a bang, and we were able to capitalize on that first chance.”
Jarnkrok tied the game at 1-1 with a one-timer from the edge of the right faceoff circle for a power play goal at 8:25.
Pavelski put the Stars back in front at 11:00 a.m. on a rebound from Miro Heiskanenshooting point to make it 2-1.
Robertson extended the lead to 3-1 when he scored from the crease on a 5-on-3 power play at 13:01. He has five goals and seven assists during his scoring streak.
“This team is starting off really well in their building,” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said. “We didn’t match that first. The 3-1 deficit after the first half, as we know, it’s hard to come from behind in this league.
“Our second and third periods, effort-wise, were really good. We changed the game. [We] made a mistake late in the second to restore the two-goal lead. I have no problem with our efforts and I competed in the second and third periods, but we didn’t match them in the first.”
McCann made it 3-2 with his 15th goal of the season at 5:38 of the second period when he caught a cross pass from Jordan Eberle and fired the puck over Oettinger’s glove, but Pavelski scored his second of the game at 18:37 nine seconds after a power play by Kraken expired on a tap-in from the top of the crease to carry the score at 4-2. It was his 15th goal of the season.
Video: [email protected]: Lindell sets up Pavelski’s second goal
Pavelski scored his fifth point with an assist Jani Hakanpaagoal in an empty net at 18:18 of the third period for the final 5-2.
“[Pavelski’s] a great competitor”, the defender of the Stars Esa Lindell noted. “Back when he was in San Jose, he was struggling to play against him every night. He’s so good in net, so it’s always a puck battle against him. We are lucky to have him in our team.”
REMARKS: It was the second time this season that Pavelski had scored at least four points; he had two goals and two assists in a 4-3 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks on December 18. … Robertson extended his home point streak to 11 games (six goals, 11 assists), the longest such streak in the NHL this season. . … Defender Jamie Oleksiak played in his first game in Dallas since being selected by Seattle in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. He had five hits and blocked four shots in 21:15 of ice time.