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Seattle Kraken Lose, Swamped By The Wild 5-2

Discombobulated and looking frustrated at times, the Kraken were gradually overwhelmed by the focused and confident Wild, losing on home ice 5-2. It’s the second time Seattle has lost at Climate Pledge Arena to Minnesota this season.

Seattle went 0-for-5 on the power play against the NHL’s 3rd worst penalty kill, while Minnesota scored twice on the man advantage.

1st Period

Marc-Andre Fleury started in net for the Wild, Joey Daccord for the Kraken.

Seattle took just :36-seconds to get on the board first. Vince Dunn went top shelf with a slapper from the point with assists to Jared McCann and Matty Beniers. McCann now with a career best 7-game point streak.

Both teams showed vigorous forechecks. Off an offensive zone faceoff win, Minnesota tied the game at 4:59. Marcus Johansson scored from the right circle on a shot that at first glance seemed Daccord should have stopped. Hard to say. Norwegian Mats Zuccarello picked up the assist.

(“Zook” would finish with 4 on the night)

With about seven minutes remaining in the period, the Kraken went down two men: A sketchy tripping call to Jaden Schwartz followed soon after by a high sticking call to Jamie Oleksiak.

Minnesota took 25-seconds to score on the 5-on-3. Kirill Kaprizov tucked one in behind Daccord. The Kraken killed off the remainder of the ensuing 5-on-4.

McCann left the game for about ten minutes for apparent concussion protocol after getting inadvertently clipped in the head, but returned in time for a Seattle power play at 16:40.

Nothing happening on the Seattle PP. Minnesota would then earn one that would carry-over for a minute-and-a-half into the 2nd period.

2-1 Wild

2nd Period

Matt Boldy is on fire. The Wild winger completed a patient Minnesota carry-over power play with a goal at the 1:09 mark. His 24th of the season and his fifth in the last six games.

Before the Kraken could catch their breath, the Wild made it 4-1 when Kaprizov cut into the left wing circle and beat Daccord top shelf at 2:14.

That ended Daccord’s night. Philipp Grubauer came in to replace him.
A Seattle power play soon after that failed.
At 6:58, Minnesota made it 5-1 as D-man Dakota Mermis was allowed to walk in and fire a shot blocker side on ‘Grubi’.
Things got chippy. Players from both sides went off in sets. That until Dunn went off for slashing at 18:10, moments after he hit the crossbar with a shot. Obviously some frustration was showing.

That was the end of the scoring in period 2.

5-1 Wild

3rd Period

Grubauer absolutely robbed Wild forward Vinni Lettieri with a pad save six minutes in. Seattle seemed to take a little momentum from it.

Jordan Eberle got a break at 6:11. His centering pass for Matty Beniers actually went in off the back of Mermis’s skate. The Kraken were down three goals.

23-seconds later Seattle earned a power play when Joel Eriksson Ek went off for high sticking.

Seattle came close but didn’t click.

The scrums and after-whistle crap heated up as time ticked away, but the result was a foregone conclusion.

Will Borgen of the Kraken fought Brandon Duhaime with 21-seconds to play.

Shots on goal ended up 33-31 in favor of the Kraken. Power plays: Minnesota 2-for-6, Seattle 0-for-5.

Earlier Kraken:

— Kraken Game Day 57; Huge One Vs Wild At Climate Pledge Arena

— Seattle Kraken’s Tomas Tatar Still Has A Lot To Offer

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.