Seattle Kraken, Oliver Bjorkstrand

Kraken Hangover; ‘Be A Goldfish’; ‘Ollie’s Trip’

Just quoting Ted Lasso in the headline for the Kraken’s benefit. Something the fictional futbol coach said more than once about having a short memory like a goldfish.

The Kraken have no choice.

Seattle goalie Joey Daccord said his counterpart at the other end, Sharks netminder Mackenzie Blackwood, stole the game for San Jose on Tuesday night, making 32 saves for the shut-out. He also enjoyed hearing two or three shots ring off the post or cross bar behind him.

Either way, the Kraken had their chances and didn’t finish, leading to a 2-0 loss and a brief bummer heading into the break.

It won’t be hard being a goldfish, since most everyone is going on vacation somewhere warm. Last season a couple of players got engaged during the break, some deep sea fished, while others just put their toes in some sand.

Kraken All-Star

Seattle forward Oliver Bjorkstrand may get a chance to enjoy a beach somewhere, but his visit will be abridged. That’s because he first has to represent the Kraken at the NHL All-Star Game in chilly Toronto this weekend.

He’s earned it.

“He’s just had a heck of a year,” his head coach Dave Hakstol said pregame on Tuesday. “We’ve got a bunch of hard working guys, guys that take pride in being part of a balanced effort, a balanced room night in and night out, and Ollie really exemplifies that. He’s a low key individual, but he’s been so important for us on the ice. He’s a guy that’s quietly effective defensively and offensively he’s been a very consistent player for us.”

A nice microcosm for Bjorkstrand is his takeaway total of 42, 12th most in the NHL, compared to just 20 giveaways. He’s sneaky good as a defender.

That said, he won’t have to worry about any 5-on-5 responsibilities this weekend. The 3-on-3 All-Star showcase will be pretty wide open and fast paced as usual. It’ll be creative and it will be competitive, with money to the winners on the line.

The skills competition happens Friday with the All-Star Game itself on Saturday. A massive Fan Fest runs the next four days.

Earlier Kraken:

— Kraken’s Playoff Hopes: The Simplest Math

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.
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