The Kraken came out of their long bye week with a loss. The Philadelphia Flyers had their sea legs from the start and for the finish, holding on to beat the visitors from Seattle 3-2.
It took less than a minute for Seattle goalie Joey Daccord to make a set of big saves, stopping Sean Couturier and Owen Tippett four seconds apart.
Philadelphia continued to fly early and earned the first power play of the game when Kraken defenseman Vince Dunn went off for cross checking. The Flyers cashed in at 4:38. Scott Laughton ripped a one-timer from the right circle to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.
Moments later Seattle would pick up their first power play but they failed to click.
Daccord preserved the one-goal deficit when he stopped a great chance at even strength from Cam Atkinson with 8:06 remaining.
Tomas Tatar tied the game for Seattle at the 17:09 mark with a shot from the slot. The play was reviewed for offside, but the goal was upheld and the Flyers were charged with a bench minor for the failed coach’s challenge.
The home team might consider it poetic justice, but they’d get a shorthanded goal from Ryan Poehling to retake the lead on the ensuing Seattle power play. Philly came in with the 2nd best penalty kill percentage in the NHL and extended their league best total to 12 “shorties”. Poehling beat Daccord from the right circle on a 2-on-2 rush.
The Kraken appeared to find their legs in the 2nd period. Coming off the ten-day break, they hadn’t entirely been themselves in the first 20-minutes.
That said, the Flyers picked up an early power play and the Kraken killed it. By the time this man advantage was over, Philly had a 17-10 shot advantage.
At the midway point of the period the Kraken earned their 3rd power play of the game when Sean Walker went off for slashing Kailer Yamamoto.
Again; nothing doing.
The Kraken’s Jared McCann tied the game just 35-seconds into the period, firing a bouncing puck over the shoulder of goalie Cal Petersen. Dunn picked up his second assist of the game on McCann’s 21st goal of the season.
Five minutes later the Flyers took their third lead of the game when Couturier deflected a point shot past Daccord at 5:30, his 11th marker of the season. The point shot by Travis Sanheim came off a clean face-off win by Travis Konecny.
Mid 3rd the Flyers picked up their 3rd power play when Jamie Oleksiak went off for interference. The Seattle PK was successful.
Entering the last four minutes, Daccord made an enormous save to give his team a chance. He robbed rookie forward Tyson Foerster to keep it a one-goal game.
The pulled goalie / extra-attacker fell short.
Philly played a textbook 3rd period. They blocked shots at one end while out-shooting the Kraken 14-2 over the final 20-minutes.
Shots-on-goal finished 38-19 in favor of the Flyers. Power plays: Seattle 0-for-3, Philadelphia 1-for-4
— Kraken Game Day 51; Off The Big Break, Flyers Seek Revenge