Islanders fall to Kraken as Mathew Barzal scores 100th goal
SEATTLE — Eeli Tolvanen scored his first goal in a Seattle uniform since arriving from Nashville, and the Kraken ended a three-game losing streak on Sunday night by beating the New York Islanders 4-1.
Adam Larsson, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Brandon Tanev also scored for the Kraken. Goalkeeper Martin Jones made 18 saves for the Kraken.
Mathew Barzal scored for New York, the 100th goal of his NHL career in his 400th game. Ilya Sorokin saved 31 shots for the Islanders.
Tolvanen, who was claimed by Seattle on waivers from the Predators on Dec. 12, broke a 1-1 tie at 3:58 of the second period. At the top of the right circle, he took a pass from Vince Dunn and drilled a slapshot into the left back corner past Sorokin.
The goal, Tolvanen’s third of the season, came on the power play. It ended a seven-game 0-16 drought against Kraken with the man advantage dating back to Dec. 11 in a 5-2 win at Florida.
Larsson gave Seattle a 1-0 lead at 9:53 of the first period with his fourth of the season, driving it from the top of the crease after receiving a pass from Ryan Donato.
Barzal equalized 1-1 at 5:30 from the first, reaching past the left post to direct a pass from Casey Cizikas into the other side of the net, his ninth of the year.
Bjorkstrand scored his fifth of the season for a 3-1 Seattle lead at 13:04 of the second, slapping in the rebound of a Jamie Oleksiak shot. Tanev added an empty net with 34.3 seconds left. It was his seventh goal.