Seattle Kraken defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2
For the first time since November, the Seattle Kraken have won consecutive games.
After defeating Chicago in a shootout on Monday, the Kraken defeated San Jose, 3-2, at Climate Pledge Arena on Thursday. The last time Seattle had back-to-back wins was Nov. 27 and 29 against Florida and Buffalo, respectively.
Thursday’s game didn’t start well for Seattle, and head coach Dave Hakstol was openly critical of his team’s performance in the first period. It took just 38 seconds for the Kraken to fall behind as Tomas Hertl scored a turnover to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.
“I think we just looked at each other and said it was unacceptable,” said defenseman Carson Soucy, who finished with two goals. “There wasn’t much said in the dressing room after a period like that, but I think the right things were said and as I said, it’s unacceptable for our group. “
Everything said during the first intermission clearly worked as Seattle responded with a strong second period. Soucy tied the game at 4:18. Then, shortly after a Ryan Donato goal was ruled out due to an offside violation, Soucy scored again to give the Kraken a 2-1 lead.
At 6:27 of the third period, a Calle Jarnkrok goal gave Seattle a 3-1 lead. Three minutes later, Timo Meier’s power play goal brought the Sharks within a goal. But despite ending the game with another power play, San Jose failed to get the puck past Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer again. He finished with 23 saves.
“We just have to realize what we can do when we play the right way,” Soucy said. “You know, even scoring a goal and not having the best first half, we know in the second that we could play better and that’s encouraging. That being said, we know we just need to be more ready. I think hopefully it’s just a one-time game where you know, we thought after we won it would be a little bit easier even against a good team here.
Before Monday, Seattle had lost nine straight games and 12 of its last 13. It was a frustrating streak for the Kraken and the second long losing streak of the season. Now that Seattle have won back-to-back games, the question is whether they can add a third for the first time this season.
So far, the Kraken haven’t been able to string together enough wins to counter their losing streaks. They are still in last place in the Pacific Division, 10 points behind seventh-placed Edmonton.
“New day tomorrow,” Hakstol said. “You have to find ways to win. We had a full 65 minute win a few nights ago. Tonight we found a way. We scratched and scratched. … We found a way and it’s great. We love being able to do that in front of our fans here. It is important.
“It’s important when (captain Mark Giordano) is out there fighting and blocking shots and doing everything that shows how much he cares about getting a win in this building. We have a new challenge (Friday ) against a really good hockey team that’s going to rest. Let’s take on this challenge tomorrow. We’re going to have to be a little more complete. We’re going to have to make sure we have a better start tomorrow.
It will be a tough turnaround for Seattle, which faces St. Louis in less than 24 hours. Les Bleus are in third place in the Central Division with 51 points. Hakstol said back-up keeper Joey Daccord would likely get the start, but he didn’t miss Grubauer to come back to the net.
“I think it’s a good thing if you think about it,” forward Ryan Donato said of the quick turnaround. “I mean obviously we would like to rest, but we are coming off of two big games. I think we have a lot more to give at the start. Obviously, we are back and hopefully we can continue our momentum.
This story was originally published January 20, 2022 10:32 p.m.