Larsson, McCann, Grubauer lead Kraken to OT rally at Pittsburgh

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The Pittsburgh Penguins had won six in a row, hadn't lost at home since late November, and won 17 of 19 games.

Their 1-0 lead in the third period against the Seattle Kraken was insufficient.

Jared McCann's late game-tying goal sparked the rally, Philipp Grubauer improved to 4-1 in his last five appearances, and Adam Larsson sniped the first walk-off winner in Kraken history, a 2-1 overtime victory over the host Penguins before a sellout crowd on Thursday at PPG Paints Arena.

The Kraken, winning for the fourth time in six games (4-2), notched their first road victory since Dec. 14 at San Jose and finished a two-game season series with Pittsburgh at a 1-1 split.

"It's a good win in this building," said Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol.

"It's a hard place to win. For us, it's an enjoyable win, but it's one that we had to work for. Our game didn't change a whole lot from the drop of the puck to the winning goal in overtime."

Larsson earned his second game winner of the season.

Evgeni Malkin scored a power play goal for the Penguins, minutes after Vince Dunn rang a potential 1-0 lead off the post, and put his team up 1-0 on a blast from the point at 8:41 of the third.

Dunn then took a face-off win and fired a shot off McCann's stick for a 1-1 tie with 3:56 left in regulation.

Larsson ended the game on a wrister past All-Star Tristan Jarry from the slot, set up by Alex Wennberg.

"The trick is just to maintain simplicity," said Hakstol. "For our team, it's a good formula for success. We talked all year long we have to be comfortable in close, tight hockey games."

The Kraken will move onto the second game of the four-game trip on Saturday, 11:00am PT against the host New York Islanders.

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