Dunn scores in overtime, Kraken beat Sharks 2-1
March 17, 2023 at 8:41 a.m.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Vince Dunn scored 1:58 into overtime and the Seattle Kraken beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Thursday night.
Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and assist for the Kraken, tying the score with his 15th of the season on a breakaway at 7:03 of the third period.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 31 shots, and Dunn extended his point streak to 11 games — especially impressive for a defenseman.
“There was a will to him tonight,” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said about Dunn. “You can see his confidence offensively with the puck. At times he controlled some of the play, and maybe fitting that he was the guy to make the play on the winning goal.”
Sharks forward William Eklund scored on a penalty shot for his second career goal, both in the last two games. James Reimer was terrific in net, finishing with 30 saves.
“It was a good hockey game. A hard game. There wasn’t a lot of room out there. I really liked our effort. I thought we did a lot of good things, just weren’t able to capitalize on some of our chances," San Jose coach David Quinn said. "I thought we defended a lot better tonight. I liked a lot about our game, and it’s unfortunate.”
Dunn beat Reimer through the legs to win it.
“Just fortunate, I think. Just get it on net and try not to turn it over. If you miss a shot wide, it can turn the other way, and it’s an odd-man rush the opposite way," Dunn said. “So for me, just give myself a chance. I think it was a fortunate goal for me. Just kind of caught them on the change a little bit. I think just reading the pre-scout and everything (helped).”
Eklund's goal early in the third was the first penalty shot a Sharks player had converted since Logan Couture scored against the Minnesota Wild on March 11, 2019.
“It was nice to get a goal," Eklund said. "I was just trying to find my spot there.”
Less than six minutes later, Yanni Gourde found Bjorkstrand streaking through the middle of the ice and he beat Reimer over his catching glove.
Kraken: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Sharks: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday.