Pitlick scores his first three NHL goals and takes Wild to Kraken

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SEATTLE (AP) – Rem Pitlick scored his first three goals in the NHL and the Wild Minnesota hit the Seattle Kraken 4-2 Saturday night for the fifth victory in six games.

Nico Sturm added an empty net with about 5 minutes left and Ryan Hartman provided three assists for Minnesota. Cam Talbot made 28 saves.

Pitlick, son of former Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers defender Lance Pitlick, became the 31st player in NHL history _ and the first for the Wild _ to score a hat-trick in the same game in which he scored his first goal .

“ It’s hard to put into words, ” Pitlick said. “ I’m trying to take it all. Obviously super excited to get the first one, and then three _ I don’t know. I’m just super grateful. ”

Pitlick came on with four assists in 15 career games – four with the wild this year and 11 with Nashville last season. Before his burst of goals against Kraken, the former University of Minnesota player only had two shots for the entire season.

“He plays right and was rewarded for it,” said Wild manager Dean Evason. “ What we noticed during the breakaways is that, yes, he made some nice moves and finished well, but he’s going so fast he just has to get past the goalkeepers. ”

Marcus Johansson scored a power-play goal for Seattle, and Alex Wennberg also scored. Philipp Grubauer finished with 18 saves. The Kraken have lost six of seven since a 4-1 win here over the Wild on 11 October. 28.

“ There is a tone of emotion for our players. They are working hard, “said Seattle manager Dave Hakstol.” We pressed a couple of points last night and it cost us. I don’t want to criticize our boys’ effort in any way, shape or form tonight. ”

Pitlick scored his first goal with 7:27 left in the first period. Hartman rushed onto the ice to put the puck on the boards near the red line, and his pass on the ice found Pitlick ahead. where Grubauer was able to sneak past the heist.

“ It was great for him to give the momentum for me to get the first one, ” Pitlick said. “ That first step was incredible. The awareness of seeing it, too, and then the execution as if it were only on a plate. ”

Hartman put Pitlick back in the middle of the second. Hartman’s hit on Seattle’s Jared McCann resulted in a turnover, with Pitlick taking the puck near the blue line for an easy escape at 7:44 am. With 40 seconds left in the period, Hartman again found Pitlick crawling on the ice after a turnover for a breakaway to complete the hat-trick.

“Those were three goals to highlight too,” Talbot said. “ He definitely earned it tonight. ”

Johansson led Seattle 3-1 at 9:19 of the third with the team’s first power-play goal at home. The Kraken had started from 0 out of 20 with the man ahead on the home ice.

After Sturm regained Minnesota’s three-goal lead, Wennberg brought Seattle back with two with 1:02 left.

The Wild (10-4-0) has 20 points for the best start of 14 games in franchise history. Minnesota also had 20 points after 14 games in 2015-16, 2006-07 and 2002-03.

“ We are getting goals from top to bottom, from the first to the fourth line. Whenever you can have the chemistry and distribution of points like that, it will take us much further, ” said Talbot. “ I think the teams are having a hard time against us because of the way we can beat them with any line. ”

NOTES: Seattle F Colin Blackwell made his seasonal debut. Blackwell was activated before the game, after missing his first 14 games due to an injury to his lower body. … Seattle F Riley Sheahan was sacked on Saturday. ? It was the fourth game of Hartman’s career with at least three points. … Jordan Eberle witnessed Johansson’s goal, as both he and Wennberg extended their points streak to five games.

NEXT

Wild: hosts San Jose on Tuesday nights.

Kraken: Hosts Chicago Wednesday night.

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