Seattle Kraken, Brandon Tanev

Holy Kraken! Seattle Sweeps Roadie in Pitt, 3-2

The magic continued for the Seattle Kraken on the road in Pittsburgh on Saturday night, with Brandon Tanev scoring the game winner against the Penguins with 3:39 remaining in the third period, Although outshot 37-28, Seattle blocked more shots, delivered 35 hits, and closed out a three-game sweep of their road trip.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost seven games in a row.

With the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 loss at home on Saturday afternoon, the Kraken moved into sole possession of 2nd place in the Pacific Division with a record of 7-4-and-2 and 16 points. Seattle is four points behind the Vegas Golden Knights who beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-2.

Kraken Goals

2nd Period

1-1 Kraken – 7:48 – Vince Dunn (2) from Yanni Gourde – Even Strength

Gourde wins an offensive zone draw in the left wing circle and Dunn steps into one to tie the game.

3rd Period

2-1 Kraken – 7:48 – Yanni Gourde (2) from Brandon Tanev and Morgan Geekie – Even Strength

A nice bounce off Tanev’s shin pad ends up to Gourde who makes no mistake in close.

3-2 Kraken – 16:21 – Tanev (2) from Gourde and Geekie – Even Strength (game winner)

Tanev buries one from the slot to give Seattle the win.

Say What ?!

Yeah that’s right, the Dunn 1st-period goal assisted by Gourde and the 2nd-period goal scored by Gourde both occurred at 7:48 of their respective periods. OK, that’s just weird.

The Seattle penalty kill has now killed off eleven straight opponent power plays dating back to a week ago Saturday.

Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power play.

Seattle heads home with a four game winning streak.

Kraken Three Stars

1) Yanni Gourde – A goal and two assists.

2) Brandon Tanev – An assist and a goal including the game winner.

3) Martin Jones – Coming off 1st star honors last game, his 35 saves notches him an underappreciated 3rd-star.

Rob Simpson

Rob Simpson has covered the NHL in five different decades. He’s authored 4 books on hockey and is a veteran TV and radio play-by-play man and reporter.