Seattle Kraken, Yanni Gourde

Motivated Kraken Defeat Canucks 5-2, Playoffs Close!

It was a very relaxed non-playoff Vancouver Canucks team hosting a Seattle Kraken club still with very much on the line.

Ultimately one team proved more determined. That would be the Kraken, 5-2 winners.

Coupled with the Calgary Flames loss at home to the Chicago Blackhawks, the magic number for the Kraken to make the playoffs is 2 points. The Nashville Predators remain a minor threat.

Martin Jones picked up the start in net for the Kraken against his hometown team, beating them for a second straight time, while Collin Delia got the nod at the other end.

There was some chatter in the Vancouver market about possible on-ice retribution for Canucks defenseman Tyler Myers for his cheap hit on Matty Beniers in late January that knocked the rookie out of the NHL All-Star Game. That expected fight never came.

Earlier in the day Seattle head coach Dave Hakstol pointed out that the team had other priorities.

Goal Scorers:

1st Period

1-0 Canucks – Even Strength – Elias Pettersson (37) from Andrei Kuzmenko and Dakota Joshua, 4:31

With a highlight reel finish, ‘Petey’ toe dragged the puck behind his back into the net while standing in the crease.

2-0 Canucks – Even Strength – Anthony Beauvillier (17) from Conor Garland and Nils Aman, 13:09

Rushing right winger Garland faked a slap shot in the right circle, froze Jones, and found Beauvillier all alone cross-ice.

2-1 Canucks / Kraken goal – Even Strength – Yanni Gourde (12) from Jesper Froden, 16:58

Delia should have stopped the snapshot from the top of the right circle through a high screen.

2nd Period

2-2 Tied / Kraken goal – Shorthanded – Brandon Tanev (16) Unassisted, 5:07

An errant Canucks slapshot rimmed around to the blueline where Tanev won the puck, rushed up the left wing, and went top shelf, shortside from the face-off circle. The Canucks gave up an NHL leading 14th shorthanded goal.

3-2 Kraken – Even Strength – Jordan Eberle (18) Unassisted, 10:40

The Kraken won a puck battle in the left wing corner and the puck squirted out to Eberle alone in front.

4-2 Kraken – Power Play – Jaden Schwartz (20) from Jordan Eberle and Daniel Sprong, 16:14

Schwartz pulled off the perfect tip just in front of Delia on a waist high shot from the point.

Seattle outshot the Canucks 17-4 in the 2nd period.

3rd Period

5-2 Kraken – Even Strength – Matty Beniers (22) from Jared McCann, 19:00

Beniers nailed the middle of the empty net.

Seattle outshot the Canucks 28-18 for the game. Powers plays: Seattle 1-for-4, Vancouver 0-for-5.

Kraken 3 Stars:

1) Jordan Eberle – A goal and an assist – he has more career points vs the Canucks than any other team, 39

2) Yanni Gourde – Big goal to put his team on the board. Tireless worker and leader. 3 shots on goal and 3 hits.

3) Carson Soucy – Another plus-two night.

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.