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Kraken comeback falls short, lose to Blues in OT

There was a lot to like about the last two periods of Kraken hockey in this one though

St Louis Blues v Seattle Kraken Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The Kraken lost once again, but they did at least show a lot of fight and came away with a loser point in the standings. Trailing 3-1, they scrambled back in the second period to tie the game. The third period was all Seattle — they tallied 26 shot attempts to the Blues’ 8, and accounted for 1.1 expected goals to the Blues’ 0.3, per Natural Stat Trick. They couldn’t get one to go in, but the fight this team showed in that period was fantastic.

Honestly, there was a lot that happened in this one, so let’s just break it into the good and the bad.

The good

  • Will Borgen had himself a night! He scored the Kraken’s first goal to tie the game at one, jumping up into the play to get himself into prime scoring position and burying a one-timer for his first of the season.
  • He also made a great play to break up a golden opportunity for Jake Neighbours, and let him know he didn’t appreciate the contact Neighbours made with Martin Jones at the end of the play.
  • Ryan Donato continues to be a menace when he gets a one-on-one chance against the goaltender. Despite Jordan Binnington making a couple great saves on chances one and two, Donato stuck with it and put home chance number three for his first of the year.
  • Martin Jones threw it back to the 80’s with this save, quite literally standing on his head to make the play.
  • Yanni Gourde proved he has That Dawg In Him, killing off about 15 seconds of a Kraken penalty without a stick. He kicked that puck all the way from his own blue line to down below the Blues’ goal line. That’s a phenomenal one-man effort play.

The bad

  • Two goals in 17 seconds. And both within 90 seconds of the tying goal from Borgen. Classic Kraken hockey that we wish wasn’t Kraken hockey.
  • Matty Beniers screening his own goalie on the overtime winner

The flotsam and jetsam

  • Shane Wright got his first NHL point on the Ryan Donato goal! (good)
  • Shane Wright played only 6:36 (bad)
  • Shane Wright hit the post! (bad but good that he was so close)
  • Jaden Schwartz told Vladimir Tarasenko to be a passer instead of a shooter tonight. Tarasenko finished with 3 assists and no goals.
  • Here’s a stat that I don’t really know what to do with. Compels me though.
  • The Kraken now have goals from 11 unique skaters this season, tied for the second most unique goal-scorers in the NHL (Boston has 12, Florida also with 11). That’s what they mean when they say the Kraken don’t have an elite goal scorer but they have great depth.

The Kraken next hit the ice on Friday at 6pm against the Colorado Avalanche, in Colorado.