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Game 63 RECAP: Kraken battle back late to win 3-2 in OT thanks to Yanni Gourde!


NHL: Seattle Kraken at Colorado Avalanche Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Nothin’ but Heart and a hell of a third period got us here, let’s talk about it!

But first, the Highlights!:

Game Notes:

  • Your TOI Leader was Adam Larsson with 22:15 logged!
  • To think this started as a “low event” game with a tight shot count between the two teams for 40 minutes. What a third period the Kraken to pull even with the Avalanche; dropping 16 shots on Georgiev and hemming in Colorado for near 30 minutes of game time. It’s a shame they couldn’t cash in on any of their power play opportunities because this could’ve been a much more lopsided victory. The Forechecking especially in those last three minutes was exceptional stuff to get this game tied.
  • Of course the real monster shift of the game was every last bit of Overtime. Hakstol early in the season focused down on it in practice and it’s turned playing Seattle at 3-on-3 into a nightmare; they simply win every puck battle and refuse you any possession. Helps they took advantage of Colorado changing and Vince Dunn sprung Gourde for a long transition chance, a specialty of the Kraken offense. When it’s working as intended, it’s absolutely incredible to watch.
  • Hard to fault Grubauer in this one: when Nathan MacKinnon is able to get a shot like that off you’ve just gotta deal...but I do have some criticism for the Kraken Blueliners, who were not anticipating Cale Makar of all people to have a potential outlet pass ready, and the Kraken paid for it. Grubert finished with a .913 SV%, which is pretty good!
  • No but for real if you have 5 power plays you really should capitalize on at least one of them. You had Colorado shorthanded for 10 minutes. Get at least one. Hakstol’s gotta get this man advantage rolling.
  • It’s so good they have a guy like Brandon Tanev at his full powers this year.
  • This is the fourth road trip the Kraken have swept this season. These Squids are road warriors.
  • Seattle gets another buffer on Edmonton in the form of 2 points hard fought for. Still gotta keep pace; Oilers get a beatable-ish Atlantic team tomorrow and the Kraken get whatever depraved lineup Anaheim’s icing. They can pull away if they put this kind of effort forward on their upcoming homestand.
  • Keep Calm, and Post Zoidberg When We Win

Let’s take a look at this game from the charts at NaturalStatTrick!:

These squids love hammering the goaltender up close. This is a winning strategy they should keep up with it.

Kraken get a day off to come home, and then host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at Climate Pledge. That game drops the puck at 7pm PT.

We’ll see you there, Go Kraken!