SEATTLE — Kole Lind, Jordan Eberle and Yanni Gourde all scored within the first interval and the Seattle Kraken held on to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Wednesday evening.
Philipp Grubauer had 25 saves as Seattle received its third straight. Matty Beniers had an help to change into the primary rookie this season to start his NHL profession with a degree in every of his first 4 video games.
Cale Makar and Artturi Lehkonen scored for the Avalanche, and Pavel Francouz completed with 26 saves. Colorado, assured of getting the highest seed within the Western Conference, has misplaced two straight after successful 9 in a row. The Avalanche remained tied with Florida with 116 factors for the Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s finest document.
Lind gave the Kraken a 1-0 lead on a backhand shot 1:12 into the sport for his second objective of the season.
Beniers assisted on Eberle’s objective at 5:23 that made it 2-0. It was Eberle’s nineteenth.
The Kraken made it 3-0 when Jared McCann’s shot from the correct level went off the skate of Colorado defenseman Bowen Byram and Gourde in entrance and in with 5:16 remaining within the opening interval. It was Gourde’s 18th.
Makar acquired the Avalanche on the scoreboard together with his twenty seventh with 2:23 to go within the first, and Lehkonen acquired his seventeenth to make it 3-2 with 3:40 left within the third.
STRONG START: Seattle chosen Beniers out of Michigan with the No. 2 decide in final yr’s draft. He’s the primary rookie to debut with an enlargement group in its inaugural season and document a degree in every of his first 4 video games since Bernie Johnston (1979-80). The longest stretch is six video games by Wayne Gretzky (1979-80).
Beniers additionally had an help in his NHL debut, a loss at Calgary, final Tuesday. He then scored a objective in back-to-back video games towards New Jersey and Ottawa.
NOTES: Colorado ahead Mikko Rantanen missed Wednesday’s recreation with what the group referred to as a non-COVID-related sickness. … Nazem Kadri returned from an upper-body harm, enjoying for the Avalanche for the primary time since March 31. … With his help on Gourde’s first-period objective, McCann registered his two hundredth NHL level. … The Kraken honored linesman Vaughan Rody, who labored his last NHL recreation in his twenty first season. Rody lives in Lake Stevens, Wash.
UP NEXT: Kraken at Minnesota on Friday evening.