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Kraken take down Avalanche, claim volcanic superiority

The defense shut it down when they needed to en route to a 3-2 Seattle win

Seattle Kraken v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images

The Seattle Kraken defeated the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night in Denver, proving once and for all that the Cascade mountain range is far superior to the Rockies.

The boys in deep sea blue not only hung with the reigning Cup champions, they straight up took it to ‘em on more than one occasion. They outshot the Avs in every single period, totaling up to a whopping 38-20 advantage for Seattle. The Kraken didn’t trail for a single minute of the entire game.

The Highlights

The takeaways

  • Philipp Grubauer played extremely well at the start of this one. Colorado didn’t get a ton of shots on net, but the ones they did (especially in the first period) were often grade-A chances. His night ended prematurely however after he appeared to tweak something while moving side-to-side on the Avs’ second goal. He left the game with just under 10 minutes to play in the third.
  • Martin Jones came in unexpectedly and did not allow a goal on a whopping one shot faced. The Kraken defense clamped it down after Grubauer left, with the only close call being a Mikko Rantanen deflection that bounced wide off the post in the game’s final minute.
  • The Kraken power play keeps chugging right along. They scored their 7th power play goal of the season, tying the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild for the most so far in 2022-23. They have at least one goal with the man-advantage in five of their six games this year.
  • Shane Wright played a little more! His ice time at the end of the night was 8:42, still lowest on the team but a personal best in his short career. He looked good in the first two periods too, but a bad turnover midway through the third seemed to end his night early. It’s worth noting he also hasn’t had any time on special teams yet this year, which limits his opportunities for ice time.

The flotsam and jetsam

  • Due to the way goalie wins are handed out, Martin Jones came away with the W, marking his 200th career victory.
  • The Kraken team account felt a little feisty after this win, throwing some shade at both the theme song of the Avs and at Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson for good measure.

The Kraken next head to Chicago for a morning game with the Blackhawks — 11am sharp this Sunday.