Trevor Moore’s hat trick propels Kings past Kraken to end 3-game skid – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — The Kings ended their three-game losing streak as Trevor Moore’s second career hat trick led to a 5-2 victory over the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday night at Arena.

The win moved them five points ahead of the St. Louis Blues for the final Western Conference wild card spot and three points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for the third playoff spot in the Pacific Division with seven games to go. St. Louis and Vegas were inactive Wednesday. The Kraken had won three of four games before Wednesday’s loss, helping put an eight-game losing streak in its rearview mirror.

Moore proudly represented the San Fernando Valley with his trio of goals. Kevin Fiala scored on a breakaway and assisted on Adrian Kempe’s power play goal. Pierre-Luc Dubois recorded his first three-point game as a King with three assists and Viktor Arvidsson added two. Cam Talbot made 21 saves as the Kings ended their longest losing streak since the midseason 1-6-4 skid that cost former coach Todd McLellan his job.

Andre Burakovsky and Brian Dumoulin each scored a goal for Seattle. Philipp Grubauer stopped 22 shots.

With 3:03 left, Moore beat Jordan Eberle on a loose puck in the neutral zone and zoomed in to slide the puck through Grubauer’s five holes, completing Moore’s first hat trick since November 2022 and leaving the native from Thousand Oaks to one goal. of 30 for the campaign. Moore’s 29 goals are 12 more than his previous career high and more than any of his elite offensive teammates.

The Kings and Kraken traded goals midway through the third period, with the Kraken responding at 11:20 to the Kings’ insurance marker 35 seconds earlier.

Yanni Gourde stole the puck in the neutral zone, started a back-and-forth play with Brandon Tanev who generated a shot for Gourde, recovered the puck and found Dumoulin behind the play to reduce the visitors’ deficit to 4 -2.

The Kings had cushioned their lead after Blake Lizotte’s diving shot block sent Fiala racing for an unassisted goal that saw him wait for Grubauer and put the puck on the roof for goal No. 26 of the season.

The Kings looked ready to take a chance on victory, but a double minor penalty for sticking high on Lizotte, whose twig appeared to have been raised in Jared McCann’s face by McCann himself, added intrigue to the 20 final minutes of the match.

Oliver Bjorkstrand nearly scored, hitting the inside of the post, then made a cross-court pass to Burakovsky for a backhand goal with 14:20 to play.

The Kings headed into the second intermission with a three-goal lead – a situation which has now seen them win 30 of 34 times and earn at least one point in all 34 games – as another contained frame tripled their advantage thanks to two goals from Moore. at 7:39 a.m. and 11:49 a.m.

Moore scored his second goal of the game after Arvidsson’s rebound in the neutral zone allowed him to advance the puck to Dubois, who found a trailing Moore for a snap, then a forehand-backhand on his follow-up offer.

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