Seattle Kraken, Dallas Stars

Stars Sweep The Kraken With 5-2 Regulation Win

FINAL: Dallas Stars 5, Seattle Kraken 2

The Kraken looked to avoid being swept in the two game set by the Dallas Stars, having been defeated in overtime at Climate Pledge Arena on Saturday night 4-3.

Seattle failed in its quest.

The Stars jumped out to a two-nothing lead on goals by Evgenii Dadonov at even strength and captain Jamie Benn on a power play at 3:13 and 5:43 of the 1st period.

Seattle goalie Martin Jones didn’t have much of a chance on either one. Dadonov bunted in a fluttering puck near the right wing post and Benn buried a rebound into an open net after Jones sprawled to make a save.

Jake Oettinger picked up another start and continued his outstanding season at the other end.

Kraken Goal Scorers:

1st Period

2-1 Stars – Even Strength – Yanni Gourde (11) from Vince Dunn and Jesper Froden, 15:00

Below the goal line near the right wing corner, Gourde banked a pass/shot off of Stars forward Joe Pavelski.

2nd Period

3-2 Stars – Even Strength – Eeli Tolvanen (14) from Vince Dunn, 13:28

A point shot from Tolvanen caromed in off a Dallas leg in front thru traffic.

Unfortunately for Kraken fans, they watched Dallas sandwich a goal on both sides of the Seattle effort, with Pavelski deflecting home a shot on the power play at 3:03 and Wyatt Johnston taking the puck hard to the net and scoring just 14-seconds after the Tolvanen goal.

3rd Period

The Kraken gave up a Dallas power play goal just 40-seconds into the 3rd period, giving the Stars a perfect 3-for-3 on the man advantage at that point.

The Stars outshot the Kraken 32-28. Power Plays: Dallas 3-for-4, Seattle 0-for-2

From the booth with the naked eye, the Stars backchecked and disrupted the neutral zone as well as any team we’ve seen come in. Dallas moves on to play the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. The Kraken take a day off before heading to San Jose on Wednesday to play the Sharks on Thursday night.

“Simmer in 60” Postgame

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.