The Seattle Kraken fell behind early at Climate Pledge Arena against a desperate Ottawa Senators team that came in six points out of a playoff position, but with games in hand on the pack.
After fending off some Grade-A Kraken scoring chances early on, the Senators lit the lamp three times in short order.
Shane Pinto buried a rebound at 4:10 that Seattle goalie Philipp Grubauer had no chance in stopping. Defenseman Jakob Chychrun scored one at 8:10, and Patrick Brown tallied just :17-seconds later on one Grooby may have muffed.
Seattle head coach Dave Hakstol decided to stick with his German number-one netminder. Instead of replacing him with Martin Jones, he took his team time-out to settle down his charges. It appeared to work. The Kraken refocused and got on the board shorthanded.
They had life.
Kraken Goal Scorers
3-1 Senators – Shorthanded – Jared McCann (32) Unassisted, 11:56
After stealing the puck in his own end, McCann cruised up the right wing and fired a shot on goal that rebounded off Ottawa defenseman Thomas Chabot and in past goalie Senators goalie Mads Sogaard.
3-2 Senators – Even Strength – Jaden Schwartz (16) from Vince Dunn and Oliver Bjorkstrand, 2:11
Camped in front, Schwartz deflected a Dunn point shot.
3-3 Tied – Even Strength – Jared McCann (33) from Daniel Sprong and Yanni Gourde, 8:11
After charging to the front of the net, McCann had a Sprong point shot flutter in off his body.
4-3 Kraken – Even Strength – Vince Dunn (12) from Yanni Gourde, 3:23
Dunn ripped a wrister top shelf, glove side to give the Kraken their first lead of the night.
— 38 seconds after Seattle took the lead, the Senators tied it 4-4 on a top shelf rocket by Claude Giroux.
— The Senators would get the game winner with 2:22 remaining on a pass in front and a redirection.
— The Kraken outshot the Senators 33-31. Power plays: Ottawa 0-for-4, Seattle 0-for-1.