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Final buzzer: Tanev wins it

Final buzzer: Tanev wins it

PITTSBURGH – The Kraken are now undefeated this season in the four games in which the first period was scoreless. Second-year Seattle is now undefeated in its last four games played (a franchise record), including a three-game road trip sweep last week.

Does it feel great, true to the Kraken? The fan favorite Brandon Tanev he certainly felt joy and fun. He scored the winner at 16:21 of the final period, on a play started by Morgan Geekiethat moved the puck quickly Yanni Gourde behind the Pittsburgh net, finding Tanev for what couldn’t have been a sweeter goal.

Video: [email protected]: Tanev buries a goal for 3-2 in the 3rd

Tanev was the Pittsburgh Kraken’s pick in the 2021 Expansion Draft and got off to a strong start last season before his season was cut short with a major knee injury last December. Tanev’s celebration was a sight to see and enjoy for Kraken fans. His “cell” included a little wave (goodbye and goodnight?) to the black and yellow-clad fans in the ice-level seats.

“He definitely did,” Tanev said, smiling, when ROOT SPORTS’ Piper Shaw suggested he must feel good about scoring his first game-winning goal of the season against his former franchise. “It was a great road trip for our group. We’re working together as a five-person unit [when on the ice].

“Obviously, personally, it’s great for me. But I think it’s more important that the team has all six [standings] points for this road trip. This is the mentality and the goal we had set for ourselves for the three games we played. We beat three good teams.”

Coach Dave Hakstol talked about the growing chemistry during his postgame comments: ‚ÄúThis group is pretty tight…I never thought at any point I felt like our group was flustered…Guys were calm and they were looking at what they can do on the court. the next turn. That’s important.”

Night of three points of Gourde

Stimulating companion Yanni Gourde has clicked lately with the equally relentless tanev in what you can call a third line if you like. After winning a faceoff to return the puck to the defender Vince Dunnwho scored to tie the game 1-1 in the first period.

Video: [email protected]: Dunn scores after game-winning drive in second

Gourde then scored his first 5-on-5 goal of the season (after a meager score in Tuesday’s win) to put the Kraken up 2-1 in the second period. Morgan GeekieThe fantastic puck win and deep in the Penguins zone, went past and off Tanev’s skate, flipping it to Gourde, who put it past PIT goaltender Tristan Jarry.

Video: [email protected]: Gourde gets a lucky rebound and scores on 3rd

Gourde capped off his three-point night with a primary assist on Tanev’s game-winner. He scored two goals and three assists on the trip. The Kraken are now 7-4-2 in their first 13 games as the team flew home with a six-game sweep waiting.

Penguins power outage

Surefire Hall of Famer Sidney Crosby opened the scoring here Saturday in this rematch, scoring his 523rd.rd career goal on a signature quick-kick hard shot and resulting goal. Pittsburgh’s star forward Jake Guentzel made a pass to the lead defender and future Hall of Famer Kris Letang picked up the assists.

Guentzel was robbed by Martin Jones in the second period (one of six A-grade opportunities in the period). Letang made four shots over two scoreless periods, and the third-string Penguins Hall of Famer had two solid chances that Jones turned away. Another younger PIT star, Bryan Rust, was 0-for-5 against Jones in the first 40 minutes. Both Guentzel and Rust were clearly shaking their heads on misses near the net.

Guentzel entered the game in the third when his pass intended for Rust was accidentally deflected by the rookie sensation. Matty Beniers, which overshadowed Rust on the web front. Beniers immediately threw his cane in the air in frustration.

Rust had a great chance with a minute left and the Penguins net empty, but Jones again denied him.

Killing in the PK

A bright spot? The Kraken changed a few systems within its penalty removal moving to a 1-3 pre-check when playing with a skater, (don’t worry! We’ll get into what that means in more detail soon!)

As with any change, it took some time for Seattle’s players to feel comfortable, but it’s been working with good chemistry lately. After giving up two power-play goals against in each of the first two games of the season, the Kraken PK has steadied and arrived in Pittsburgh with three perfect games on the penalty kill, saving eight of eight total situations .

In three chances against the Penguins, the Kraken allowed five shots on goal but no goals. The visiting team even created a scoring chance of their own. The Penguins were trying to recover at the top of the zone when Morgan Geekie read the play, intercepted it and took possession. Then he was off to the races, although his shot was deflected wide by Tristan Jarry.

It’s also worth noting that Kraken’s first death may have been important not only for its success, but also for its timing. Shane Wright he was called for hooking just 1:36 into the game. Instead of giving the Penguins a way to take the momentum early, the PK kept the game tied (and did so again about six minutes later) to help preserve Seattle’s start. Just as important was when the Kraken ended up with their third foul of the game that sent leading penalty kicker Yanni Gourde off the ice for two minutes.

In a game where the Penguins held the offensive advantage in five-on-five play, the importance of keeping their powerplay off the score sheet gave the Krakens a chance to keep fighting in the game.

The first tiring things

The Kraken’s first period in this final game of a three-way road trip started with what coach Dave Hakstol doesn’t like to see: his five skaters defending too much, wearing themselves out, not having enough energy optimal for setting up an offensive run if they gain control of the puck.

In addition to these offensive and oxygen deficits, Kraken forwards Shane Wright and Jordan Eberle were whistled for penalties in the first seven more, testing Seattle’s still-hot penalty kill twice with the likes of Brandon TanevYanni Gourde, Morgan Geekie, Jamie Oleksiak i Adam Larsson. The PK delivered, with SEA keeper Martin Jones making the necessary saves. Late in the period, the Kraken picked up the pace to cut the shots on goal margin to 12-10. Jones faced two Grade A scoring chances in the first period.





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