DENVER – A blistering, second-period wrist shot by Kraken winger Oliver Bjorkstrand had stunningly put his team ahead by two and allowed followers of his second-year franchise to dare to dream the impossible.
DENVER – Seattle Kraken forward Jordan Eberle somehow found a way to throw additional gasoline on an opening-round playoff series already flaming with more drama than typical NHL showdowns needing a full seven games.
SEATTLE – Soak it in, live it up – this is officially a hockey town. The big screen at Climate Pledge Arena featured a series of the city’s most iconic sports moments before the game, and then the Kraken added to the list three hours later.
DENVER – There was some solace for the Kraken on Tuesday, as the NHL did what its officiating crews declined to the prior night by assessing supplemental discipline on Colorado Avalanche star defender Cale Makar for a hit that has transformed this series.
The emotional charge of seeing their top scorer felled by a forearmed shot behind the action from their opponent’s star defenseman seemed to catapult the already surging Kraken to an entirely different level of play.
It was a party two years or a century-plus in the making, depending on how much of an homage one chooses to pay the Seattle Metropolitans. Suffice it to say the fans at Climate Pledge Arena arrived Saturday ready to bellow, and the Kraken provided them the requisite break-loose moment a mere six minutes into the game.
A seesaw night of emotions for Seattle’s first major professional hockey game in more than a century had Kraken fans living, dying and reviving themselves with each gut-wrenching, spirit-lifting swing of events.
SEATTLE – These next 60 minutes of playoff hockey in front of their home fans won’t be a cure for everything ailing the Kraken on and off ice entering Game 3 of their opening round Stanley Cup playoff series.
DENVER – Blowing kisses to the crowd after they’d just sucked the air out of the building epitomized the Thursday night fright the Kraken put into the defending Stanley Cup champions and their stunned fans.
DENVER – The Seattle Kraken stuck to the formula Wednesday and stayed off the ice, choosing to rest and recuperate the day after the franchise’s first playoff game. It was a 3-1 road victory against the Colorado Avalanche, who won the Central Division.
Kraken forward Jordan Eberle remembers being a teenage fan the first season of an NHL salary-cap era in which the Stanley Cup playoffs finally became democratized. He watched – riveted – as his favorite Edmonton Oilers missed winning the 2006 Cup Final against Carolina by a game.