Things got off to a rocky start for the Kraken, as Chris Kreider took advantage of a sluggish effort by Dunn to split the Kraken D halfway through the period and put a rocket past Grubauer to put the Rangers up 1-0.
Both teams kept trying to see what the other was going to do, but the period ended before more could be done.
Things got better! Jordan Eberle cashed in on the rush after putting a backhander from the circles right past Shesterkin in a feat that is honestly much harder to pull off than it looks. 1-1 Everybody!
This is the kind of shot that makes memories.
And then…Igor Shesterkin took over this goddang game. Try as the Kraken might, and they tried a lot, Shesterkin wouldn’t budge. Shot after shot after shot just absorbed by the Russian goalie, who managed to keep the puck out long enough for the period to end.
The thing about hockey is that sometimes, you can do everything right for most of a period, and still something terrible can happen in the blink of an eye and have all your momentum crash down around your ears.
Case in point; Adam Fox.
2-1 Rangers after spending most of their night in their own end.
The Kraken tried again and again, but once again the Shesterkinian wall kept them from evening this thing up, and when it became clear it wasn’t going to work, they pulled the goalie for an extra attacker.
The thing about that is that it can be a risk.
Sometimes risk doesn’t pay off. Kraken lose 3-1 to Igor Shesterkin and the guys who occasionally score around him.
Tonight’s game begins at 6:30pm PST against the Edmonton Oilers. Onto the next one!