The NHL season has begun, and it couldn’t have started any worse for the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. On the opening day of the season the Lightning presented the Stanley cup trophy to their fans on what was meant to be a day of celebration. But the Pittsburgh Penguins had another plan and beat the Champions 6-2 to shock the Hockey world.
But this blog isn’t about the Lightning or the Penguins its about the new boys on the block, The Seattle Kraken. Their first 5 games to start their inaugural season will be away from home and what a baptism of fire it was to start their life as an NHL franchise up against the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the former new boys on the block. And in their Barn. The pregame Ice projection show was something to be seen. Ill attach a link to the twitter post from the Golden Knights so you can go and see it.
Everyone’s eyes were on this game and everyone wanted to get a look at the new franchise who in my opinion have ticked all the boxes in the lead up to their first season. They’re colour scheme is perfect; the name is phenomenal, and they used the expansion draft well to build a competitive team from the get-go.
The game got off to a tough start for the Kraken. 3:10 into the 1st period the Knights scored through Max Pacioretty and then doubled there lead just 3 minutes later through Jonathan Marchessault. The Kraken managed to stop the bleeding for the remainder of the period and went into the intermission down 2-0.
The 2nd period started almost the same as the 1st with the Pacioretty grabbing his second goal of the game 6 minutes in. But the Kraken weren’t out yet. They rallied through the middle of the period scoring two quick goals of their own including the historic moment for the franchise of there 1st ever goal in the league, scored by ex-Bruin Ryan Donato. A moment that will go down in the history books for the Seattle Kraken.
They took that score line into the final intermission with every chance of taking the win away from the Golden Knights. The teams traded powerplays to finish the second term and third, but just 7 minutes into the third period the Kraken equalised to put the seed of doubt in the minds of the Golden Knights and their fans. Unfortunately for the Kraken, the seed of doubt didn’t last for long, the Knights scored the go-ahead goal and eventual winner just 35 seconds later.
Despite the loss the Kraken can take a lot of positives out of this game. The Golden Knights will once again be a major contender in the west, and the fact they were so close to forcing OT and maybe even Jagging a win is something the coaches should portray to the guys in the locker room. Their first game was always going to come with high emotion, they tried to play aggressive attacking hockey and were unfortunately caught out a few times. If they play every game with that intensity or close to that intensity, they’ll go along way to make the playoffs.
The new season got off to a flyer(ha-ha) and I’m counting down the days until my Bruins play on Saturday.