Seattle Kraken, Dallas Stars

Stars Hold Off Kraken 5-2, Take Lead In Series

FINAL SCORE in Game-5: Dallas Stars 5, Seattle Kraken 2

Netminders: Philipp Grubauer vs. Jake Oettinger

This one started quickly with both teams getting looks off the rush. The Stars would cash in first about four-minutes into the 1st period with a goal from rookie center Wyatt Johnston, his third of the postseason.

It didn’t take long for Dallas to extend the lead. Just 1:38 between goals, from 3:57 to 5:35 when Roope Hintz added his 7th of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Johnston from the slot along the ice glove-side, Hintz high glove.

The Kraken were in a hole. They outshot the Stars 14-5 in the 1st, but had no high-danger chances. Dallas scored on both of theirs.

The comeback began in the 2nd period, but only after Seattle fell further behind.

2nd Period

On a tough rebound from Grubauer, Joe Pavelski cashed in off his own rebound with a backhander moving through the slot.

Kraken Goal Scorers:

3-1 Stars – Even Strength – Adam Larsson (2) from Jordan Eberle and Tye Kartye, 1:59

Larsson jumped into the rush as the trailer, took a pass and ripped a shot top shelf from the right slot.

3-2 Stars – Even Strength – Jared McCann (1) from Yanni Gourde and Brandon Tanev, 7:30

McCann, playing like a man possessed, whirled around with a shot from the top of the right circle that caromed in off Dallas D-man Joel Hanley’s skate in traffic.

The Kraken killed off a late Jamie Oleksiak holding penalty that carried over into the 3rd period.

3rd Period

Seattle had a very solid first six minutes to the period, creating O-zone time with their forecheck, but failing to get shots on goal. Midway through the period, the shots were only 3-1 for Seattle.

At 11:20, Hintz would pick up his 2nd goal of the night and 8th of the postseason from the doorstep after Dallas won a simple puck battle behind the net. It ended the Seattle comeback hopes. Radek Faksa added an empty-net goal off a Jaden Schwartz turnover in the neutral zone at 16:47 to make it 5-2.

Shots on goal finished in 31-21 in favor of the Kraken. Power plays: Seattle 0-for-2, Dallas 0-for-2

Game-6 is Saturday afternoon a little after 4 pm at Climate Pledge Arena. Seattle faces elimination down 3-games-to-2.

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.