Coyotes stumble on power play in loss to Kraken, Daccord takes ice at ASU
Apr 10, 2023, 9:59 PM | Updated: 10:19 pm
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TEMPE (AP) — Jared McCann scored his 40th goal of the season and the Seattle Kraken reached the 100-point mark in their second NHL season, beating the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 on Monday night.
Oliver Bjorkstrand, Justin Schultz and Matty Beniers also scored for the Kraken, who won their fifth game in a row and are 26-10-4 on the road. They beat the Coyotes for the third time in eight days after winning twice at home last week.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 22 shots for the Kraken. Joey Daccord, who played for Arizona State, finished the final 1:16 in goal for Seattle.
Jack McBain scored for the Coyotes, who have one win in their last 11 games. Ivan Prosvetov had 33 saves for Arizona.
¡Jack McBain gol!@LosYotes pic.twitter.com/FTm7idc49N
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) April 11, 2023
Seattle is assured of at least the top wild card in the Western Conference. The Kraken clinched a playoff spot in Thursday’s win over Arizona but need some help to stay above Los Angeles for third place.
The Coyotes scored first when McBain deflected Liam O’Brien’s shot from the blue line past Grubauer 9:22 into the game.
Seattle tied it on the power play at 3:12 of the second period. Bjorkstrand celebrated his 28th birthday with his 20th goal of the season, a one-timer from Alex Wennberg. Eeli Tolvanen also assisted on the goal which came with Arizona’s Barrett Hayton off for high-sticking.
Schultz came out of the penalty box — he was in for boarding — and scored unassisted on a breakaway at 14:56, eight seconds after the penalty expired.
Just 1:14 later, Beniers scored his 24th goal with McCann and Will Borgen assisting. McCann picked up a goal on a power play in the third period, with Schultz picking up an assist.
McBain and Seattle’s Carson Soucy dropped the gloves with 1:16 left in the game.
Jack McBain and Carson Soucy closing out this game with a bang 🥊 pic.twitter.com/xo9NlGftaa
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 11, 2023
Arizona dropped to 21-15-4 at home. The Coyotes, with one home game remaining, finished 7-25-9 away from Mullett Arena.
Clayton Keller remained 37 goals and 85 points, one point off the Coyotes single-season points high of 86 set by Keith Tkachuk in 1996-97. The franchise record is 132 points, set by Teemu Selanne in 1992-93 when the team was in Winnipeg.
The Kraken subbed in goalie Joey Daccord for the final minute of action at his alma mater.
Daccord played for Arizona State from 2016-19 and was the first Sun Devil to play in an NHL game in 2019. He was a 2018-19 Mike Richter finalist for the top goaltender.
ASU hockey coach Greg Powers was in attendance, and Daccord received a nice welcome.
Amazing to be back where I went to school! @SunDevilHockey #ForksUp https://t.co/YXrjKxj2Sr
— Joey Daccord (@JDac35) April 10, 2023
Daccord had yet to take the ice at Mullett Arena in a game entering Monday, as he played his college games at Oceanside Ice Arena.
Joey Daccord is entering the game!
The @SunDevilHockey star comes in to close out the game in his return to Tempe. Great story. #SEAKraken pic.twitter.com/xRsaALWJJZ
— Emerald City Hockey (@EmeraldCityHky) April 11, 2023
Keller and Seattle’s Brandon Tanev were their teams’ nominees for the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game. Both players rebounded from serious injuries last year. Keller suffered a broken femur and Tanev had a torn ACL.
Coyotes: Close regular season at home Thursday against Vancouver.