Seattle – In their first draft into the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Seattle Kraken They give their audience an absolutely thrilling and stressful experience.
Two comma strings. And now, a second game 7.
“That’s all you can ask for. These games are what makes a hockey game fun,” he said in Seattle Jordan Eberle He said.
April scored twice, Eli Tolvanen Had a goal and two assists, the Kraken won over Dallas stars 6-3 on Saturday night to force a playoff game 7 in the Western Conference Semifinal Series.
Tolvanen’s goal in the opening minutes of the second period gave Seattle a 3-1 lead. rookie Ty Karti He scored his third goal in the playoffs Jake Oettinger With a shot from her wrist less than three minutes later, Kraken held off several drives by the Stars to send the series back to Texas.
“We were ready tonight. I feel like in the last two games they might have been the ready team at the start,” Tolvanen said. “That was the big key today. All four lines were ready to play.”
Matty Benears And Yanni Gord They each added a goal and an assist for Seattle, which is heading into its second Game 7 in its short playoff history after ousting the defending Stanley Cup champion. Colorado With a 2-1 victory in the deciding match of the opening round. The Kraken is the sixth team in league history to go to Game 7 in each of the franchise’s first playoff series.
Philip Grobauer Stop 20 shots to win.
“We had a goal in mind. We wanted to make sure we were still one of the six teams alive when we got up tomorrow morning and had the chance to go and play Game 7,” Seattle coach Dave Huxtol said. We know the challenge. It’s going to be big, but we’ll be ready.”
Mason MarchAnd Joe Pavelsky And Joel Kiviranta Record for Dallas. Oettinger gave up four goals on 18 shots before being pulled 4 1/2 minutes into the second period. Scott Wedgwood He came and stopped nine of the ten shots he faced.
Game 7 will be Monday night in Dallas.
“I mean, their lives were on the line. They played hockey hopelessly and played a good game,” Dallas Captain jimmy ben He said.
the stars Game 7 was last played in the second round of the 2020 playoffs in the NHL bubble at Edmonton When Dallas beat Colorado 5-4 in overtime. This will be the first seventh game in Dallas since the second round in 2016, when the Stars lost, 6-1. Saint Louis After giving up three goals in the first half.
Pavelski scored his 72nd career playoff goal and his eighth in the series when he redirected Miro HiskanenShot from the point during a power play in the second period. with Pavelsky Alex Ovechkin For the most goals among active players.
And he could have had more. Pavelski almost added the second goal in the first seconds of the third period, but his shot hit the post and Heiskanen’s counterattack slid wide of the goal’s mouth. Moments later, Jason RobertsonA shot through the hole hit the same shaft and bounced out of danger.
Seattle looked to wrap the win when Benears finished off a 2-1-1 pass from Eberle with his third playoff goal at 8:43 of the third period after a key penalty kill by the Kraken. But 16 seconds later, Kiviranta flipped Thomas HarleyA point shot past Grubauer put the Stars back up at 5-3.
It created a nerve-wracking final few minutes for Seattle until Eberle slotted into the empty net with 58 seconds left.
“We had nothing to lose, obviously with our backs to the wall,” Eberle said. “So we’re going to put the same effort into Game 7.”
Grubauer was excellent against Seattle, especially in the second half when Dallas hit a drive. He had 11 saves in this span.
Oettinger was pulled after giving up a Kartye goal and his time of 24 minutes 23 seconds on the ice was the shortest start of his career.
Gord gave Seattle the start it needed, following up his initial shot and defeating Oettinger at 8:59 of the first period. Marchment scored 31 seconds later to tie the Stars, but Eberle’s powerful goal at 16:46 of the period restored Seattle’s advantage.
“When the other team is hungry like that in the playoff game and you’re on the road, you have to be at least the smarter team with the puck,” said Dallas coach Pete DeBoer. “I felt like we doubled the fouls and fed their energy into the first period.”
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