Seattle Kraken, Jared McCann

Senators Surprise Kraken 5-4

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

1st Period

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.

2nd Period

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.

3rd Period

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.

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.