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Schwartz leads Seattle Kraken past Capitals 5-2 to end six-game skid

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 21, 2021

Seattle Kraken center Calle Jarnkrok (19) looks to shoot around Washington Capitals defenseman Dennis Cholowski (38) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Seattle.  (Associated Press)
Seattle Kraken center Calle Jarnkrok (19) looks to shoot around Washington Capitals defenseman Dennis Cholowski (38) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Seattle. (Associated Press)
By Chris Talbott Associated Press

SEATTLE – Jaden Schwartz had a goal and three assists and the Seattle Kraken beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Sunday night to snap a six-game losing streak.

Calle Jarnkrok and Yanni Gorde each added a goal and an assist, and Schwartz reached 401 career points in Seattle’s first win since Nov. 4.

Washington entered the game on a 6-0-1 streak and took a 1-0 lead just 3 1/2 minutes in on Tom Wilson’s slapshot. But the Caps were playing for the second night in a row, and looked tired as the Kraken pushed them around in a three-goal second period.

Jared McCann and Adam Larsson also scored for Seattle, which got 37 saves from Philipp Grubauer.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 15th goal of the season for Washington, which hasn’t lost since Nov. 6. Wilson assisted on the goal.

The Kraken tied it late in the first period with Evgeny Kuznetsov serving 2 minutes for holding. Schwartz, a constant threat in the first 40 minutes with five shots and high energy, bounced a close shot off Vitek Vanecek’s stick and McCann backhanded it past the goalie from 10 feet in front of the net to tie the game at 15:58. Morgan Geekie also had an assist.

Seattle has scored at least one power-play goal in four straight games.

Schwartz put the Kraken ahead 2-1 with a cleanup of Carson Soucy’s redirection at 6:17 in the second period. It was the Kraken’s first lead in more than 266 minutes.

Larsson made it 3-1 just 43 seconds later when he buried a breakaway slapshot on a pass ahead from Gorde and Jarnkrok.

Schwartz was again a factor later in the period when he poked the puck away from the Capitals at the defensive blue line ahead to Jarnkrok, who beat his defender and sent a shot past Vanecek from the left faceoff circle with about six minutes left. Schwartz’s last assist came as Gorde finished things off with an empty-net goal.

Vanecek stopped 26 of 29 shots in his third loss of the season.

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