SEATTLE – Ville Husso stopped 27 shots, Tyler Bozak scored shorthanded and the St. Louis Blues beat the Seattle Kraken 5-0 on Friday night.
The Blues have won two in a row and five of six. Bozak and Brayden Schenn scored in the first period, and Pavel Buchnevich, Colton Parayko and Jordan Kyrou scored in the third. Parayko’s goal came on a penalty shot.
“I just feel good right now, every time I get the chance to play I try to win,” said Husso, who was also in the net for a 2-1 home win against Kraken on January 13. “There were a lot of counters. I have to give credit to defenders and forwards.”
The Kraken were shut out for the second time this season and ended a two-game winning streak. Joey Daccord made 26 saves.
Both of St. Louis’ first-period goals came from its special teams.
Bozak put the Blues on the board with a shorthanded count at 5:54, ending a 2-for-1 break with Brandon Saad for his second goal of the season.
St. Louis made it 2-0 thanks to Schenn’s power play count at 10:23. Schenn found the rebound from David Perron’s shot and slotted it in for his eighth goal.
“Our special teams were really good in the first period,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “I thought we were energized, skating well and doing good things. When you get a shorthanded goal, it’s a huge improvement. It’s all based on hard work.”
Buchnevich, who returned Friday from COVID-19 protocols, added an insurance goal for St. Louis just 24 seconds from the start of the third period, his 15th.
Parayko earned a penalty shot at 7:40 when he was hooked from behind by Jordan Eberle. Parayko skated to the right and fired his shot over Daccord for his fifth. It was the first penalty taken by a Blues defender since February 3, 1985.
Kyrou, who will be the Blues’ All-Star Game representative, made it 5-0 at 9:31 with his 15th.
Although the Kraken came from behind for their two wins earlier this week, defender Mark Giordano said he couldn’t count on it every time.
“At the end of the day, falling behind in this league, it’s too hard to come back night after night,” Girodano said. “Especially against a team as structured as them. They won’t give you anything if you don’t generate it. You saw that in the third period they are really good at stopping anything that is in a hurry.”
IN AND OUT
Buchnevich played Friday after approving the league’s COVID-19 protocols, but will not be able to play Sunday in Vancouver due to Canada’s stricter rules. The NHL and NHLPA are allowing players to return after a five-day quarantine and two negative tests. However, Canada does not allow anyone to enter the country if they are within 10 days of testing positive. Sunday would mark 10 days from Buchnevich’s positive. He will join the team on Monday for a game in Calgary.
NOTES: Bozak’s goal was his first point in 14 games. … The shorthanded goal was the Blues’ sixth of the season and Seattle’s third allowed. … St. Louis leads the NHL with 34 power-play goals. … Daccord made his fourth appearance and third start for Seattle. He was recalled from the AHL Charlotte on Tuesday when Chris Driedger entered COVID-19 protocols. … It was the sixth of 15 straight sets for the Kraken and it was their third separation. They lost both games of the other three.
Blues: Play the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.
Kraken: Host the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.
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