Unmissable moments from the Seattle Kraken’s first NHL preseason game – .

Unmissable moments from the Seattle Kraken’s first NHL preseason game – .

After years of waiting, the Seattle Kraken got their first taste of the action of the NHL.
The Kraken met their cross-border rival, the Vancouver Canucks, at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, with finishings underway at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.

It was also an important game for Vancouver who was playing for the first time on American soil in 575 days after spending the entire 2021 season in Canada.

Seattle’s starting lineup included many veteran players, including former Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano and starting goaltender Philipp Grubauer. Each player skated on the ice wearing the number 21 in honor of the team’s first year in the NHL.

Unfortunately, things did not start well for the Kraken who gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Brock Boeser and Jack Rathbone.

It took a while, but Seattle finally broke through in the second half as Riley Sheahan became the first player to score in a Kraken shirt.

Jared McCann would tie the game for the Kraken, then Ryan Donato would give them the lead minutes later. Vancouver has not been idle as Nils Hoglander would get his preseason debut.

Less than a minute into the third period, the Kraken had a 4-3 lead as the Canucks won the face-off, but the puck deflected defenseman Olli Juolevi and into the net. Morgan Geekie was credited with the goal.

Seattle will open its regular season road schedule against the Vegas Golden Knights on October 12 before making its long-awaited home debut on October 23 against the Canucks.


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