A week after being embarrassed on home ice by the Edmonton Oilers, the Kraken exacted some revenge by scoring five unanswered goals in an impressive 5-2 win over the Oilers on Tuesday.
“Absolutely great feeling,” Yanni Gourde said. “To come out with the win in their building, I thought we played well.”
Seattle erased a 2-0 deficit and won their second straight game while starting the longest road trip of the season in fine fashion.
“I think we played pretty well in the first,” Gourde said. “We came out, we played hard, did the right things, put the puck deep, and played down low. Second period, we got one goal and it really gave us some wings offensively.”
A key moment came early in the third period when the Oilers appeared to cut the Kraken lead to 4-3 after Leon Draisaitl scored a power-play goal. There were over 18 minutes left, and the knuckles in Seattle were turning white.
However, Seattle coach Dave Hakstol called the officials over and challenged the goal, saying Edmonton was offside prior to the goal being scored. It was a risky move as a failed challenge would put the Oilers and their league-best power play back on the ice with a chance to tie and gain momentum.
The video review proved successful, it was offside, and the Kraken killed off the remainder of the power play for a huge kill.
“That’s the guys in the back room,” Hakstol said. “That’s Tim [Oshashi] and Brady [Morgan] doing a great job. Working through their process, taking the short amount of time they have and they got it right.”
Later on, at 17:29 of the third, Alex Wennberg raced down the ice and slid the puck into the Oilers empty net to make it 5-2, and the knuckles returned to their normal color.
Wennberg had a goal and an assist, as did Matty Beniers. Jaden Schwartz scored a goal and had two assists, Justin Schultz had two assists, and Martin Jones made 32 saves for the Kraken (20-12-4), who are unbeaten in Alberta so far this season.
“It wasn’t anything overly spectacular in this game,” Hakstol said. “We were moving slowly with the puck, especially in the first ten minutes, but we were checking well. But we cleaned up our puck play… we were able to battle back. The power-play goal was obviously a big goal for us to get going. We were able to execute on a delayed penalty and then some face-off goals.”
Edmonton (20-17-2), got goals from Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Stuart Skinner started the game and allowed four goals on 20 shots before being replaced in the second period by Jack Campbell, who made three saves.
When they played last week, the Oilers had three goals by the four-minute mark. It took them longer Tuesday, but it was Edmonton who scored first again, while on their NHL best power play at 12:47 of the first. Jones made an initial save, but an off-the-mark shot by Draisaitl slid right to Nugent-Hopkins, who had the entire net to shoot at and did not miss to make it 1-0.
McDavid turned on the jets and raced by everyone 48 seconds into the second and slid his 33rd of the season past Jones to make it 2-0. That caused a déjà vu feeling that the Oilers were going to run away with it.
But a mid-period power play would turn the tide for Seattle, who would go on to score five straight.
First, it was a power-play score from Beniers at 4:44 of the second with his 12th of the year. Beniers was at it again 31 seconds later, during a delayed penalty, when he found Schwartz at the goal mouth for a tally that tied the game.
Gourde would give Seattle a 3-2 lead at 12:43. He scored his fifth of the season after Schultz got a shot on a rush, the rebound came out in front, and Eeli Tolvanen tapped it to Gourde.
The Kraken extended the lead to 4-2, and chased Skinner from the net at 15:48. Wennberg spotted Jared McCann streaking for the net and got the puck to him for McCann’s team-leading 17th of the year.
- With an assist, defenseman Adam Larsson extended his point streak to seven games.
- It was also the seventh game Beniers has recorded multiple points this season.
- Tolvanen played in his second game with Seattle and recorded an assist, giving him points in both games he has played for the Kraken.
- The win was the 10th road win for Seattle (10-4-2), one away from the 11 road wins they totaled all of last season.
Probably the best win of the year. Nice game