A 4-2 victory for the Canucks at Kraken in an amazing night at Climate Pledge Arena. The first-ever home game for the Seattle Kraken franchise did not disappoint for anything other than the final results for Kraken fans. A fantastic ceremony to start the rivalry was derailed a bit when the team decided to retire the number 32 into the rafters…
It was pointed out very quickly that Canucks fans should keep their mouths shut on this one. Rightly so. Nashville is probably weeping at the sight of Seattle’s banner. After the festivities finished the teams took to the ice and the puck dropped on a new era in Seattle sports.
Okay, let’s go!
Lights, Camera, Kraction!
Things got underway in the 1st period to a sell-out crowd and $6 cans of water. Steak Tartare? That’s a hard no at an arena. Oh, right the hockey
Seattle would come out firing early in front of their home crowd and Thatcher Demko had to be sharp.
It was a timid start for both teams after the festivities finished. Vancouver would go on the powerplay after Jared McCann was called for a cross-check 7:08 into the first period. The powerplay had a bit more movement which was easy to say considering it had none for the first 5 games. Some nice zone time but Seattle was able to clear and kill the penalty.
Both teams would do that hockey thing until late in the 1st period when the Kraken would open the scoring in front of their home crowd. The Canucks would kill off a penalty to Juho Lammikko but the Kraken would continue pressing in the Vancouver end. Joonas Donskoi would win the puck off the sidewall and find Adam Larsson with space in the middle of the ice. With just 4 seconds left he would feed Vince Dunn who would go off the post and in for the 1-0 lead.
The Canucks At Kraken 2nd Period Was To Be Skipped
Going to go ahead and trust Andy on this one and completely assume I don’t need to watch the 2nd period to write a recap.
WTF Andy? The Canucks scored in this period? Good thing I didn’t believe Andy and watched the 2nd period anyway! Vancouver got outplayed badly but came away with the 1-1 tie after two periods.
The captain Bo Horvat would tie things up 11:09 into the period. After over 16 minutes without a shot, the angry little elf, Connor Garland would pick off a pass from Mark Giordano. He would feed Horvat in the slot and Bo would tie things up 1-1 with a great wrist shot past Philipp Grubauer.
Canucks Were Kraken In The 3rd Period
The Kraken would come out in the 3rd like they finished the 2nd period. They would press and get the lead once again 5:09 into the period. A turnover at his own blueline by Tanner Pearson and Alex Wennberg would move back into the Canucks zone. Wennberg would find McCann right in the slot and he would dish it to captain Mark Giordano. He would beat Demko from the left circle to take a 2-1 lead for Seattle.
Seattle would keep the lead until the last 7 minutes of the game when the Canucks would tie things up. Carson Soucy would take a tripping penalty on Lammikko at the 12:34 mark of the 3rd period. It didn’t take long for the top unit to strike. Elias Pettersson would do some nice work to keep the puck in on the right side and it would come back to Quinn Hughes at the point. He would play give and go with JT Miller before unleashing a clapper from the point. Grubauer would make the initial save but Bo Horvat would pounce on the rebound.
The Canucks would take the lead despite being outplayed most of the night. New fan favorite Connor Garland would race past Dunn after the Seattle defensemen missed the puck. He would move in from a tight angle and semi-fake a shot before firing a slapshot past Grubauer and the Canucks at Kraken would take a 3-2 lead.
Seattle would try and “Release The Kraken”, also known as pulling their goalie for the extra attacker. It didn’t work out well as Justin Dowling would score his second of the season into the empty net for the Vancouver Canucks. JT Miller would flip it out after winning it along the boards. Dowling was clear from the blueline but kept two hands on the stick and shot it into the empty net…Pfffttt, take that right into the net! Vancouver would hold on for the 4-2 victory, spoiling the Krakens home opener.
The Unnamed Moments Of The Match – Canucks Style
Anyone who is familiar with my Vancouver Whitecaps post-match recaps will know this section of my recap. Let’s take a look at the things that made my “Unnamed Moments Of The Match”.
The Unnamed Fancy Stats Of The Match
The Unnamed Magic Of The Match
Thatcher Demko had a great game making 29 saves on 31 shots. This was a great Magic Card that depicts him slaying the Kraken. Here is the problem with this card. It’s a 5/1 creature with no abilities… Sure it has a fancy write-up about conquering a mighty Kraken but anyone who knows Magic can tell you why this isn’t a good depiction of Thatcher Demko.
Okay, where do I start, like I mentioned he has no special abilities and I am sure we can all agree Demko can pull out a special defense. The second thing is his attack is 5 and his defense is 1. That’s not a goalie card at all, if anything that’s a 4th line winger with offensive upside. That’s Dowling! here is a more accurate representation of Demko in the world of Magic The Gathering.
See how this card is a 0/7 and can’t attack? That’s more like Demko and also he has an ability that creatures he blocks can’t untap. Basically, when he makes a save the player he stopped can’t take his next shift.
The Unnamed Best Seats In The House
Climate Pledge Arena looks amazing! I love the split jumbotrons at either end of the ice. I do not like the seats in the very corner of the Arena. It does still look like they would have a good view at least.
Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks finish off their 6 game road trip with a 3-2-1 record. The 4-2 victory spoiled the Seattle Kraken homecoming and started off a great rivalry. It was a physical game with both teams having over 30 hits and it sets the stage for the next games down the road.
The Canucks can now focus on their season opener on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild. Make sure to check out the Sports Talk Line Network for more news and articles about your Vancouver Canucks. Follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news of your Canucks.