Kraken Secure First Season Win with Dominant 7-4 Victory over Hurricanes
Seattle’s newest NHL team, the Kraken, secured their first win of the season in a dominant 7-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Defenseman Vince Dunn and forward Oliver Bjorkstrand played pivotal roles, each contributing a goal and two assists to lead the Kraken to victory.
The game started with both teams exchanging goals within a span of 19 seconds in the first eight minutes. Yanni Gourde redirected an Andre Burakovsky shot to give the Kraken an early lead, but Jesper Fast quickly responded for the Hurricanes with a redirect of his own.
As the game progressed, the Kraken’s offense started to find its rhythm. Fourth-line center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare notched his first goal in a Kraken uniform, capitalizing on a shorthanded 2-on-1 opportunity set up by Dunn. Dunn then added a power-play goal that chased Hurricanes’ starting goaltender Antti Ranta from the game.
However, the Hurricanes didn’t go down without a fight. They scored twice in the first six minutes of the third period, closing the gap to 4-3 and putting pressure on the Kraken. But just when things were getting tense, Jared McCann and Tye Kartye scored just 39 seconds apart to restore the Kraken’s three-goal lead.
Kartye also had an eventful night, recording his first regular-season goal and engaging in his first NHL fight against Carolina’s Brendan Lemieux. With less than five minutes left in the game, both players were ejected after the altercation.
Jaden Schwartz was the standout performer for the Kraken, scoring two goals, including one just six seconds into a power play opportunity. Schwartz’s goals both came on the power play, and he now leads the team in scoring with his impressive performances.
The Kraken’s goaltender, Joey Daccord, played a crucial role in the victory. He made 32 saves, including two remarkable stops in the final seconds of the opening period. Daccord’s solid performance kept the Hurricanes at bay, despite their late surge in the third period.
Overall, it was a much-needed win for the Kraken, who had struggled in their first four games of the season. The team’s offensive woes seemed to disappear as they more than doubled their scoring output in this single game. Seattle’s newest hockey franchise can now build on this victory and aim for more success as the season progresses.
The Kraken will look to carry the momentum from this win into their future matchups as they strive to establish themselves as a competitive team in the NHL. With their first victory secured, they can now focus on further improving their performance and making their mark in the league.