SEATTLE (AP) — Zach Parise scored twice and added an assist, Brock Nelson scored for the third straight game and the New York Islanders opened their road trip with a 5-2 win over the Seattle Kraken Tuesday night.
New York won for only the second time in the last six games, taking an early lead and crushing the Kraken, who were playing their third game in four nights. Seattle has lost five straight.
Parise had his first multi-goal game since Jan. 14, 2020, when he played for Minnesota against Pittsburgh.
“His numbers aren’t amazing the last two years, but it’s the other parts of this game that are so valuable,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said.
Kyle Palmeri scored his fourth goal in his last four games and Casey Cizikas added his fifth of the season after rebounding off the end boards as the Islanders took a 4-0 lead.
Mathew Barzal was a nuisance all night and assisted on Parise’s goal late in the first half. Barzal played four years of junior hockey for the Seattle Thunderbirds, leading them to the Western Hockey League championship in his senior season.
“It looked like he was pretty excited to be back here in Seattle, with a lot of Thunderbirds jerseys with ‘Barzal’ on them,” Parise said. “He was flying from the start.”
Nelson’s goal at 8:53 of the first period was his best 18th of the season and only the second time in the last 13 games the Islanders have scored first. Parise’s first goal was initially waived for goaltender interference, but the Islanders contested the call and it was overruled on video review.
Parise added an empty-netter with 1:58 to go.
Ilya Sorokin made 23 saves and was barely tested for the first 30 minutes of the game. When Cizikas gave the Islanders a 4-0 lead at 10:33 of the second period, the Kraken only had six shots on Sorokin.
“We didn’t have a lot of energy early on, and we had to give ourselves that injection of life with something early offensively,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said. “And we couldn’t find that.”
Meanwhile, Seattle goalie Philipp Grubauer was peppered with shots from the start and made 31 saves. Grubauer recorded the first shutout in franchise history earlier this month in a 3-0 win over the Islanders in the final game before the All-Star break.
“We didn’t kill plays fast enough and it’s hard to get the puck out when you can’t,” Seattle forward Yanni Gourde said. “Once we got going and were more structured and got the puck in the (offensive) zone, we can see how much better we are as a team.
Gourde scored unassisted on a faceoff for Seattle late in the second period for his 11th goal of the season and Riley Sheahan scored early in the third period, thanks to an awkward rebound on the end boards . The Kraken had two big chances from Morgan Geekie and Vince Dunn moments later which were saved by Sorokin.
“He made some huge saves,” Trotz said. “It was probably a tough game for him because he didn’t have a lot of work for the first 30 minutes and then the last 20 or so we gave him a lot of work.”
Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara tied the NHL record for most games played by a defenseman when he took the ice in the first period. Chara played in his 1,651st game, tying him with Chris Chelios for most games by a defender. Chara, who turns 45 next month, made his debut in the 1997-98 season with the Islanders. He also played with Ottawa, Washington and spent 14 seasons with Boston.
Chara got the pass on the goal in an empty net from Parise.
NOTES: Seattle retired D Carson Soucy and F Jonas Donskoi. Donskoi had appeared in 51 of 52 matches. … New York G Semyon Varlamov was activated from the COVID-19 protocol. Varlamov was placed in protocol on February 12. …Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said there may be an update coming in a few days on F Jaden Schwartz’s timeline. Schwartz missed 22 games following hand surgery, but has returned to skating.
Islanders: In San Jose on Thursday.
Kraken: Host Boston on Thursday.
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