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Kraken succumb to old habits, let Blackhawks come back to win late 5-4

And it started so well too

NHL: OCT 23 Kraken at Blackhawks Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Afternoon hockey didn’t end well for the Seattle Kraken on Sunday, despite a great start to the game. Through 15 minutes, Seattle had a 10-3 lead in shots on goal and a 2-0 lead on the scoreboard. But special teams soon turned the game around, and the Blackhawks stormed back with both a shorthanded goal and a power play goal to tie it up before the period ended. From there it was a back-and-forth game that saw Seattle take a lead deep into the third period before two quick goals from Chicago flipped this game from a W to an L for the Kraken.

The Highlights

The takeaways

  • Matty Beniers got himself another point streak started after being held off the stat sheet for three straight games. He buried a rebound from a Jaden Schwartz bad-angle shot after carrying the puck through the neutral zone and setting Carson Soucy up with a nice chance.
  • The power play went 0 for 4 and allowed a shorthanded goal. What has been a strength through the first half a dozen games was the downfall today. The poor special teams performance peaked (or valleyed, I suppose) in the second period, when they managed to send only two shots on net during a 4-minute power play.
  • Speaking of the 4-minute power play, Brandon Tanev lost a tooth today.

The flotsam and jetsam

  • Seattle won the shot battle and the xG battle, for what that’s worth.
Shot map showing all unblocked shot locations for the Kraken at the Blackhawks on Oct. 23rd, 2022.
  • Philipp Grubauer is listed as day-to-day and shouldn’t miss too much time, which is good news if you didn’t enjoy the Martin Jones third period today.
  • Yanni Gourde missed this contest due to personal reasons, but is expected to be back by Tuesday’s game against Buffalo.
  • Shane Wright, who played a career-high 8:42 last time out, played a career-low 5:51 in Chicago.

The Kraken next hit the ice on Tuesday at home against the Buffalo Sabres at 7pm.