Seattle Kraken, Yanni Gourde

Seattle Kraken Dominate, Sweep Flyers, 6-2 Win

With the victory the Seattle Kraken sweep the two-game season series just four days apart, after losing both games to Philly last season.

No fluctuation or momentum swings whatsoever in the first period; the Seattle Kraken set the stage against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Seattle Kraken had more goals in the first period, 2, than the Flyers had shots-on-goal, 1.

Philadelphia simply couldn’t find its way through the neutral zone.

As it turned out, Seattle goalie Phillip Grubauer would record a victory on a pretty restful 17-save evening.

Kraken Goal Scorers:

1st Period

1-0 Kraken – Shorthanded – Jared McCann (26) Unassisted, 3:01

McCann stole the puck in his own end, skated ahead on the right wing on a 2-on-1, kept it, and fired it home.

2-0 Kraken – Even Strength – Yanni Gourde (7) from Justin Schultz and Eeli Tolvanen, 14:39

On a delayed penalty call, Gourde tipped-in a point shot while standing right in front of goalie Carter Hart.

2nd Period

3-0 Kraken – Power Play – Justin Schultz (6) from Matty Beniers and Jordan Eberle, 5:52

Schultz ripped home a slapper from the point as Beniers snapped his 10-game pointless streak with an assist.

4-0 Kraken – Even Strength – Oliver Bjorkstrand from Yanni Gourde and Jamie Oleksiak, 11:26

Bjorkstrand made no mistake on a breakaway, firing home a wrister, high glove from the slot.

Flyers coach John Tortorella did the mercy pulling of Hart here, replacing him with rookie goalie Samuel Ersson.

5-0 Kraken – Power Play – Yanni Gourde (8) from Jaden Schwartz and Jordan Eberle, 14:43

Gourde smoked home a one-timer from the high slot, high glove on Ersson.

3rd Period

6-1 Kraken – Even Strength – Matty Beniers (18) Unassisted, 10:37

Off a turnover, Beniers streaked up the left wing boards and sniped one on the move from the left wing circle.

The Flyers picked up a goal :14-seconds into the 3rd period. It was a big one in that it snapped a month-long goalless streak for Travis Konecny who finally reached a new career high of 25 on the season. He would score his 26th at 14:11 to bring us to the final score.

The Kraken outshot the Flyers 30 to 19. Power plays: Seattle Kraken 2-for-3, Philly Flyers 0-for-1

Seattle Kraken 3 Stars:

1) Yanni Gourde – Two goals and an assist for the catalyst.

2) Justin Schultz – The D-man with a goal and an assist.

3) Matty Beniers – Snapped a 10-game goalless streak and added an assist. Still the NHL rookie scoring leader.

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.