SEATTLE — It took all of 45 video games for the Seattle Kraken to match the win complete from the franchise’s disappointing inaugural season.
It additionally landed Seattle a spot few anticipated the Kraken to see this season: first place. It additionally ended a Devils’ profitable streak.
Ryan Donato had two objectives and an help, and Andre Burakovsky scored 1:10 into extra time to present the Kraken a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night time.
Seattle snapped a two-game dropping streak and picked up its twenty seventh victory, matching its complete from final season when the Kraken completed 27-49-6. The win mixed with Vegas’ loss to Detroit moved Seattle right into a first-place tie with the Golden Knights within the Pacific Division, though the Kraken have a greater factors share.
“It tells me the work that the group in right here has performed. I imply, that’s that’s the underside line, proper?” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol stated. “That’s what we’re right here for. You’re right here to compete for a playoff spot and positioning, and No. 1 on the checklist — proceed competing each night time for essential factors that go into the financial institution towards a playoff berth.”
As for the Devils, that they had gained 5 straight video games general and 7 in a row on the highway. It missed out on an opportunity to brush a five-game journey, its longest of the season.
Regardless of selecting up 9 of a potential 10 factors on the journey. coach Lindy Ruff was disenchanted with the efficiency.
“It seems to be journey. I imply, you’re pleased anytime you may get that quantity of factors,” he stated. “We’re not proud of the way in which we’re taking part in. Didn’t like how we performed tonight. Misplaced too many battles. Gave up too many conditions which might be preventable.”
Donato powered Seattle to an early 2-0 lead, however New Jersey rallied. Erik Haula’s short-handed breakaway purpose at 6:04 of the third interval tied it at 2.
Brandon Tanev put the Kraken in entrance once more at 7:51, however New Jersey compelled extra time with one other late purpose. Nico Hischier jabbed the rebound off Jack Hughes’ shot previous Seattle goalie Martin Jones with 1:14 left, capping an prolonged flurry of exercise across the web after the Devils pulled goalie Mackenzie Blackwell.
It was the second straight recreation that New Jersey compelled extra time with a late purpose after pulling the goalie. Hughes scored with 8.6 seconds left in regulation in opposition to San Jose on Monday. The Devils ultimately gained in a shootout.
Burakovsky’s thirteenth purpose of the season slipped below Blackwell’s pad.
“I feel I used to be simply fortunate. I don’t know who it was, (Jesper) Bratt perhaps, it hit his stick and went five-hole,” Burakovsky stated. “I imply, that’s not likely what I used to be making an attempt to do but it surely labored out.”
Damon Severson scored halfway via the second interval to tug New Jersey inside 2-1.
Jones made 27 saves and gained for the eighth time in his previous 9 begins. Blackwood made 36 saves, conserving the Devils within the recreation by withstanding an early onslaught of pictures by the Kraken.
Donato scored practically an identical objectives, snapping an eight-game stretch when he failed to seek out the again of the online. Donato scored in 5 of six video games in December after which went chilly with simply 4 factors throughout the eight-game purpose drought.
He acquired his first purpose at 12:27 of the primary when he snapped a wrist shot from the best circle over Blackwell’s glove and below the crossbar.
The second purpose got here from practically the identical spot on the ice and gave Seattle a 2-0 lead at 4:52 of the second.
New Jersey F Nathan Bastian returned after lacking 22 video games with an upper-body damage.