Seattle Kraken, Tomas Tatar

Kraken Defeat The Jets 4-3 To Pull Off Back-to-Back Road Wins

The Kraken finished off an unlikely set of back-to-back wins by beating the Jets in Winnipeg 4-3, one night after beating the Flames in Calgary 4-2.

Seattle leading scorer Jared McCann finished with a goal and two assists while Joey Daccord picked up his 17th win of the season in net.

1st Period

The goaltending match-up featured Daccord for Seattle and Connor Hellebuyck for Winnipeg.

A tight checking start with both teams generating just two shots each through the first seven minutes. One of them for Seattle came from rookie defenseman Ryker Evans, a replacement for injured Vince Dunn.

No sign of center Alex Wennberg for the Kraken for the 2nd straight game. Waiting for a trade announcement. He played 21:18 on Saturday afternoon against the Oilers and won 70% of his face-offs while matched up against Connor McDavid much of the game.

Jets D-man Logan Stanley hit the post with a shot moments after the first TV time-out.

Odd man rushes started to develop in both directions and the Kraken were the first to take advantage.

Jared McCann and Oliver Bjorkstrand gained the zone with speed and found defenseman Justin Schultz in the high slot for a snipe at 8:45.

After that, the shots-on-goal started to mount in favor of the Jets, doubling up the Kraken, but Daccord was up to the task through 20 minutes.

2nd Period

Seattle’s Andre Burakovsky saw a breakaway opportunity in the first minute of the period but he couldn’t get the puck to settle down for a shot-on-goal.

The Kraken piled up some pressure with seven of the first eight shots.

Despite that, it was the under-rated star Kyle Connor tying the game for Winnipeg at 8:07 with helpers from Mark Scheifele and Vladi Namestnikov. Scheifele went cross-ice with a pass and Connor ripped one glove-side from the left circle for his 26th goal of the season.

With 6:42 remaining, Hellebuyck preserved the tie game by robbing Bjorkstrand who had a golden chance from the slot.

With 2:04 left, McCann scored a shorthanded goal for the 2nd straight game. He finished his breakaway by roofing a shot past Hellebuyck. The Kraken then killed the remnants of the Winnipeg power play, the only man advantage of the game at this point.

Seattle couldn’t sneak out of the period with a lead. With just eight seconds remaining, Jets captain Adam Lowry scored from in front of the net to tie the game.

2-2 game.

3rd Period

The teams exchanged goals very early in the period.

Nino Niederreiter went hard to the net and batted one in at 1:17 to give the Jets their first lead of the game, only to see Tomas Tatar answer with a beautiful tip-in of a McCann shot just 25-seconds later.

After a cautious stretch, Tatar would factor into things again with 4:25 remaining in regulation. Stanley chopped Tatar’s stick out of his hands and the Kraken finally had their first power play opportunity.

Burakovsky scored his biggest goal of the season and his first in 17 games. He scored the game winner on the man advantage with a wicked shot from the right circle.

Shots on goal finished 33-24 in favor of the Jets. Power plays: Seattle 1-for-1, Winnipeg 0-for-1

Kraken 3 Stars:

1) Jared McCann – A shorthanded goal and two assists. Three shots on goal and two hits.

2) Joey Daccord – Three goals on 33 shots. Some big saves along the way.

3) Ryker Evans – The rookie stepped up with an assist and five hits in 18:30 in ice time.

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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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