The Kraken Were Thoroughly Defeated To Even The Series

Well, the Kraken let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers. You win last night, you take a 3-1 lead and all but punch your ticket to the Western Conference Finals. Instead, the series is tied 2-2, and we’re in a 3-game series (just like we were in round one).

With their backs against the wall, the Stars didn’t mess around. They got the jump on us in the first period – taking a 1-0 lead – before exploding for another 4 goals in the second to take a 5-1 lead into the final frame, and prematurely end Grubauer’s night.

This was yet another game where Grubauer was under constant attack. I’m not saying he had the best game in the world, though it did look like he brought his lunch pail and went to work in the first period. I think the overwhelming pressure of the Stars’ attack finally got the better of him. It also didn’t help that the refs allowed an annoying bit of Goalie Interference on one of their scores, but that’s neither here nor there.

I was impressed with how the Kraken responded in the third period. We could’ve packed it in like the Stars did in the previous game, but we showed a lot of fight! Indeed, we scored early, and with a little over 4 minutes left, we scored again to make it 5-3. That, at the very least, gave us a few minutes of pulling the goalie for some rousing 6-5 action. Except, the Stars eventually got control of the puck and broke away for an empty netter that made it 6-3 and ended our fun.

Jaden Schwartz had our first two goals, and Adam Larsson had the third; too little, too late. We did see the return of Jared McCann, which was nice, though he had a pretty quiet game.

What can I say? We out-hit them savagely once again, and they only narrowly beat us in faceoffs. But, they had three power plays and they scored on two of them. We had two power plays and didn’t even come close to sniffing a goal. I hate to keep harping on this – because it’s an every-single-game occurrence – but maybe we need to institute a new power play lineup? If you wanted to know the difference in these two power play attacks, there was a prime opportunity to see it in real time. The Kraken were fumbling away a power play for a solid minute before they too got dinged with a penalty. After a minute of 4-on-4 action (which also went nowhere; we’ve yet to score on ANY 4-on-4 situation in the playoffs), the Stars were granted their minute of power play, and they probably scored inside of 10 seconds. It couldn’t have been easier for them! Meanwhile, all the Kraken do on their own power plays is pick goobers.

Thursday’s game is vital. Gotta go ahead 3-2, or I fear for our playoff lives.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *