WHEW how about that game?! That right there was playoff hockey in game 41 of the regular season. The NHL-leading Boston Bruins are the toughest opponent the Seattle Kraken have seen this year, and the Kraken stood up to that challenge and slapped it right across the face.
The Bruins came into the game without a single loss in regulation on their home ice. They lead the league in essentially every major category, and the Kraken simply did not care. Not only did they win, they shut the Bruins out — the first team to shut them out all season. It was a stellar performance all around and proved to any remaining doubters that this Kraken team is for real.
- Martin Jones. What. A. Night. Boston’s offense is no joke — the Kraken put in work trying to slow it down, but over 60 minutes the Bruins are going to get their chances. Thankfully Jones stepped up in a big way, holding Boston scoreless for the first time all year.
Bruins legend Martin Jones gets his revenge on his former team with this huge pad stop: pic.twitter.com/WJGE4BfSkl— Evan Marinofsky (@EvanMarinofsky) January 13, 2023
- Brandon Tanev and the fourth line put in work tonight, and they were rewarded with the game’s opening goal. Daniel Sprong threw a puck towards the net (never a bad plan, in this writer’s humble opinion) from a bad angle and Turbo tipped it by Linus Ullmark to give Seattle the lead. Tanev had another golden opportunity in the second period all alone in front of the net, but was stoned by Ullmark. Turbo getting robbed of a goal all alone is becoming quite the regular occurrence this year.
- On the topic of bottom six forwards, Eeli Tolvanen just won’t stop scoring goals. It will never cease to amaze me that not only did the Predators think he wasn’t an NHLer, but 22 teams ahead of the Kraken in the waiver order agreed. His 4th goal in 7 games was a ridiculous snipe that took us all an extra second to enjoy because it wasn’t even clear that it went in the net.
- There were two huge improvements for Seattle on special teams in this one: first, they killed a penalty against the most dangerous Connor McDavid-less power play in the league. Secondly, and more importantly, they played a clean and disciplined game, requiring just the one penalty kill. Because the best way to kill a penalty is to not take one in the first place.
- The third period was indeed a clencher, but the Kraken appeared calm, cool, and collected. They played tight defense in their own zone, and didn’t panic when the puck came to them, staying settled and making clean, safe passes rather than chipping it out of the zone as soon as they got the chance. It even led to a couple odd-man rushes going the other way, and another Daniel Sprong breakaway at one point. Things got a little hairy as it went on, especially when the Bruins pulled their goalie with nearly 5 minutes to play (!) but the defense made some key blocks to keep the Kraken in the lead.
And now for some charts, courtesy of NaturalStatTrick.com
Can we get some Zoidbergs in the chat for the Kraken’s biggest win this season please?!