The Kraken Won In Overtime To Tie The Series

They talked about it before the game: if the Kraken can keep the Avalanche under 4 goals, they have a good chance to win this game.

Saturday’s game was just a monstrosity, but it was also an outlier. There’s been a similar theme to all four games so far, though. The Kraken get off to a fast start, they score first, they let the Avalanche back into the game, and they struggle to put the game away. In Game 1, the Kraken had the good fortune to limit mistakes and some great goaltending behind them. In Game 2, they just ran out of gas and could never get that third goal. In Game 3, we were tied after two periods before falling apart at the end. But, in Game 4, we were able to right the ship, after a hard-fought, scoreless third period.

To be fair, the Kraken outplayed the Avalanche throughout Game 4. Everything I was bitching about was cleaned up in a big way. The Kraken won 56.1% of the faceoffs. The Kraken scored 2 of their 3 goals on power plays. The Kraken limited giveaways to just 3, and outshot the Avalanche 43-22. It was domination in every conceivable way! Our 2-0 lead at the end of the first period was testament to that.

The Kraken pressed the issue, and scored within 4 minutes of the start of the game. They also were pretty fired up after a dirty hit on McCann that knocked him out for the game and probably the series (smashing his head into the boards after the puck had flown out of play; somehow Cale Makar avoided a 5-minute major penalty, settling for some extra tough love from Kraken players and fans). We thankfully scored on that power play to not let McCann’s loss go totally to waste, and it looked potentially like the rout was on.

But then, much like Game 2, we gave it all away in the second period. The Avalanche scored on a 3-on-2 fast break, then later – at the last possible moment of a power play – took advantage of the discombobulation of the Kraken’s defense that pulled Grubauer just out of position enough to sneak it by him.

What’s unnerving is how great Alexandar Georgiev gets as the game goes on. The Kraken took so many shots on goal, and not all of them were great, but we still had some solid chances, and he was stopping everything in his path. It was insane! And, it’s been that way for most of this series. He’ll give up one or two early goals in the initial frenzy, then he settles down and is a fucking brick wall.

When the game went to overtime, I thought the Kraken were dead in the water. It just seemed like we were never going to get that one last goal. But, we endured, kept pushing the puck, and finally got one by Georgiev when he was caught on his knees.

Goals by Will Borgen and Daniel Sprong in regulation, followed by Jordan Eberle being in the right place at the right time in OT. Shoutout to Grubauer, who once again turned in a lights out performance; he’s taking his game up to that next level that we desperately needed! That knots the series at 2-2 and guarantees there will be one more home game. Wednesday, we play in Colorado again, then Friday we’re back in Seattle. This week just got a whole lot more interesting!

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