Happy Halloween Kraken fans! This week was a definitely a treat instead of a trick for the Seattle Kraken. They played very well as they continued their inaugural opening home stand as they took on the Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Wild. Let’s take a look back at look at the victories over the Canadiens and Wild this week:
1st home win ever @ Climate Pledge Arena vs Montreal Canadiens
Seattle wasted no time and got on the scoreboard early as Jordan Eberle scored his first goal of the season and his first as a member of the Kraken. While attacking in the offensive zone on a 3 on 2, Eberle skated the puck to the right circle and fired a wrist shot that would be Canadiens goalie Jake Allen for the 1-0 lead. The early lead lasted until the midway point pf the first period when Mike Hoffman tied the game as a lucky bounce went right to his stick and poked the puck in for his second goal of the season. Brandon Tanev gave the Kraken the lead back less than four minutes later as he tipped in a pass from defenseman Jamie Oleksiak for the 2-1 lead after the first period.
Yanni Gourde scored his first goal as a Kraken as he dangled his way through the offensive zone and stretches out the goalie and then putting the puck in the back of the net on his backhand to make the score 3-1. About two minutes later, Brandon Tanev scored his second goal of the night and fifth of the season to expand the lead. Seattle would take a 4-1 lead heading into the third period.
Period three saw the Kraken continue to lock down the game and didn’t give the Canadiens much of anything to work with offensively as they played a very well rounded defensive game to go with the offense they created. Ryan Donato scored his second goal of the season on a breakaway as he roofed the puck over Jake Allen on his backhand to make the score 5-1 and that would seal the victory for the Seattle Kraken over the Montreal Canadiens.
Kraken tame the Wild, win 4-1
After defeating a struggling Montreal Canadiens, the Seattle Kraken faced off against a really good Minnesota Wild team. Ryan Hartman opened up the scoring for the Wild scoring his third goal of the season as he put home the centering pass from Kirill Kaprizov for the 1-0 lead. However, Kraken defenseman Hayden Fleury would tie the game about seven minutes later as he fired a shot from the point that went through traffic and past goalie Cam Talbot to tie the game at 1-1 which would be the score after the first period.
Hayden Fleury struck again for his second goal of the game and season as his initial shot was saved but stayed with the play and slid the puck into the back of the net on a wraparound to give Seattle a 2-1 lead. Fleury’s goal would be the only one of the period and the Kraken would keep the lead heading into the third period.
Period three was a tight checking and very close game between these two teams until the very end before the Seattle Kraken would get two empty net goals as Brandon Tanev and their captain Mark Giordano each scored to seal the victory by a final score of 4-1 over the Minnesota Wild.
How’s it Kraken? My thoughts on the week that was
After a previously tough week the week before, the Seattle Kraken looked much more comfortable and poised out on the ice and it showed in their play this week. The defense and offense produced against both a struggling Canadiens and a very good playoff caliber team in the Minnesota Wild. Defensively, the Kraken defense was able to shut both teams down and limit their star players from being able to dominate and take over in these games. The forwards did a great job of back checking in helping to support the D in limiting offensive chances as both teams they faced were only able to score one goal in each of these games. Offensively, the offense stepped up and was able to find ways to get the puck into the back of the net this week. Firstly, since Yanni Gourde returned from injury, he has shown just how valuable he is as a player. He does so many things right as a two-way hockey player by contributing both defensively and offensively. Gourde added a goal and three assists this week which you should be very happy about. Gourde becomes a very valuable weapon and contributor out there. I know the back to back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning absolutely miss having him on their team. I’ve said it before and I will again but, I am really impressed with the start of the season winger Brandon Tanev is having. Tanev has shown besides just being a tough and physical presence out on the ice that he can contribute on the scoreboard as well. He has six goals in eight games so far on the season and looks poised to have a career year for himself offensively.
Overall, this week was a treat to watch instead of a trick with a lot to be excited about. Coming up next week, the Kraken play twice at home and twice on the road. Matchups will include facing off against the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, and the Arizona Coyotes. The matchups with the Rangers and Oilers are definitely going to be challenging as both teams are very gifted offensively. We’ll just have to wait and see how the week shakes out…stayed tuned!