Final Buzzer: Day (and Night) of Kraken
That concept of Kraken Day? Good thinking and even better play to celebrate March 2, numerically 3-2, the date four years ago when 32,000 fans put down ticket deposits to prove Seattle’s mettle, then some as the 32nd franchise .
The Kraken brought some of that ‘and then some’ here at Climate Pledge Arena on Wednesday, falling behind by an all-too-familiar 2-0 scoreline, then coming back with three goals in two minutes and 39 seconds midway through the period. .
Video: Blackwell wins game shorthanded in 4-3 victory
Three in less than three
First, Alex Wennberg broke the ice on Juuse Saros’ shutout attempt and broke a drought. Kraken’s cross last scored on January 13.
Veteran striker Marcus Johansson orchestrated the play, forcing Nashville defenseman Matt Benning to go for a false shot, then backhanded about Benning to get Saros’ attention before sliding the puck to Wennberg for the holdup.
Wennberg’s score was squarely an “answer goal” with Seattle scoring 28 seconds after Matt Duchene scored his first of two goals on the night.
“This game shows that we are growing, that we are improving,” said Wennberg, who loved the fact that “three different lines scored” on the goal line.
Jarnkrok Street scored his 11th goal of the season (yes, NHL scouts were in the building) on a pass job into the back of the net from his teammate Jordan Eberle. Their third trio companion, morgan geek, looked good – and dangerous – on the front row. Moreover, the ‘Geek Squad’ were raucous when the young striker was announced in the starting line-up.
The third of the fastest three was scored with a high energy cross Yanni Water Bottle (gotta love that he hits his stick shaft on a glove when he scores, also with his arm raised towards the crowd). The main assist went to high-energy striker Blackwell.
Video: [email protected]: Kraken scores 3 in 2:39 to take the lead
Bowling for the win
The Kraken Day winner was a Blackwell-Gourde combo, this time Gourde setting up his linemate and penalty mate for a shot near the left net of Saros, which stopped him. But, no surprise here, Blackwell kept driving, hitting the puck.
He pushed and pushed again, with no whistle to stop play. The puck passed the All-Star Saros and took a 4-3 lead that would hold. Blackwell celebrated by banging his chest on the glass in the nearest corner.
In his post-game remarks, Blackwell went straight to a revenge factor, mentioning that he played for Nashville and that it’s special to “score against a team when they could have let you down.”
He credits his shorthanded goal to “good chemistry with ‘Gourdo’ on the PK.” Fans and teammates could counter Blackwell’s hard fights when chasing down a loose puck.
Video: [email protected]: Blackwell takes the lead with shorthanded goal