Seattle Kraken center Jared McCann (16) shoots and scores against Washington Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek during the first period of a game Sunday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

Seattle Kraken center Jared McCann (16) shoots and scores against Washington Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek during the first period of a game Sunday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

Kraken snap six-game skid with 5-2 win over Capitals

Seattle scored three goals in the second period and beat surging Washington.

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.

“Maybe because we’re sick and tired of losing games,” Jarnkrok said when asked what the difference was Sunday.

“We got together as a group and talked about how we need to play,” he added. “We went out there today and we did it. But it’s got to be like this every game.”

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

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 during the heart of a three-goal second period.

“The game got away from us in about 4 minutes,” Capitals center Nic Dowd said. “And then I thought we actually played really well the rest of the game, controlled the game. I think we had like 20 shots in the third period, something like that. And we had chances to win that game if we hadn’t let it get away from us early.”

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.

“Schwartzie is really good down below the circles in the offensive zone and you saw him, he was in his office tonight,” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said. “And he produced. He produced and had a really good night offensively.”

Vanecek stopped 26 of 30 shots in his third loss of the season.

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