Kraken defeats Predators, claiming first win in franchise history – .

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Kraken defeats Predators, claiming first win in franchise history – .


NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) _ Brandon Tanev scored his second goal in an empty net with 1:21 left to play, and the Seattle Kraken beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night for the first win in the franchise’s Game 2 extension.
The Kraken became the latest expansion franchise to win its first game with the Predators, improving that mark to 3-1-1. They joined Columbus (November 16, 2000) and Vegas (December 8, 2017) in this group.

Alex Wennberg and Jared McCann each scored a goal and an assist for Seattle.

Tanev’s second goal from Seattle’s only shot in the third period was the winner. Mikael Granlund scored with 39.9 seconds left to bring Nashville down to 4-3. The Predators couldn’t beat goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer again, even with goalkeeper Juuse Saros still out for the extra striker.

Grubauer made 12 saves in the third as Nashville dominated Seattle 30-26 in the game.

Roman Josi and Eeli Tolvanen scored for Nashville. The Predators came in with a .614 winning percentage in the opening games of the season, the fourth highest in NHL history for franchises with at least 10 of those games. The Predators had also won seven of their last eight home opener and 11 of 14.

This time around, Nashville had a pair of NFL Tennessee Titans wide receivers waving the rally flag to help kick off the new season in Julio Jones and Chester Rogers.

Tolvanen scored on Nashville’s first shot, from the 3:18 slot in the game. The lead did not last as shorthanded Nashville woes continued into the new season.

Yakov Trenin got some roughness and a major fight in Seattle’s first-ever fight with Kraken defenseman Vince Dunn. But the minor gave Seattle the lead, and McCann scored from a wrist shot at 3:27 pm. Then Alexandre Carrier tripped Alex Barret-Boule, and Tanev scored with 2:27 left in the period for a 2-1 lead.

Josi tied the score 5-3 at the start of the second. But Wennberg was able to easily enter an open net behind goaltender Juuse Saros for another Seattle lead to 3-2 in the middle of the period.

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The Predators paid a video tribute early in the first period to Jeff Camelio, the Kraken’s equipment manager. Camelio spent 15 seasons as Nashville’s assistant equipment manager, with the 2019-20 season being his last with the Predators.

Seattle also has a pair of former Predators in forward Calle Jarnkrok, selected in the expansion draft after eight seasons with Nashville. Jarnkrok was one of 13 skaters in Nashville history to have played at least 500 games with the franchise. Forward Colin Blackwell made his NHL debut with Nashville in 2018-19.

Neither played Thursday night, with Jarnkrok in COVID-19 protocol and Blackwell facing a lower body injury.

THE FORSBERG SERIES

Predators forward Filip Forsberg got an assist on Josi’s goal, giving him at least one point in Nashville’s last five opening games. This is the NHL’s longest active goal streak in season opener, and he became the 12th player in NHL history to score in at least five straight opener.

FOLLOWING

The Kraken continues its franchise opening momentum Saturday afternoon in Columbus.

Nashville hosts the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

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