Garland assisted on Horvat’s first goal in the second period, then scored his third of the season to cap Vancouver’s comeback and spoil a night of celebration with the Kraken playing their first home game in their new billion arena. of dollars.
Justin Dowling added an empty net goal for Vancouver in the dying moments that sent disappointed Seattle fans out, and capped a successful six-game road trip for the Canucks (3-2-1) to start the season.
Vince Dunn scored the first goal at Climate Pledge Arena in the dying seconds of the first period, and Marc Giordano gave Seattle a 2-1 lead with their first goal of the season early in the third period. But Seattle couldn’t maintain a third-period lead for the second time in six games.
Thatcher Demko was excellent in the Vancouver goal with 29 saves. He kept the Canucks in the game in the second period as Seattle controlled most of the action but was unable to score.
Philipp Grubauer made 22 saves for Seattle.
The opening night under the roof of the reconstructed billion-dollar arena lasted three years, but even longer for Seattle-area sports fans who were desperate for the return of a sports team from winter after the departure of the SuperSonics.
Fans were lined up outside the Climate Pledge Arena a few hours before the puck came on and most were in their seats before the Kraken took to the ice to warm up. Most wore Kraken jerseys, though a few Canucks fans made it inside the building for the first clash of an emerging Pacific Northwest rivalry.
The Seattle Blues had to wait for the last seconds of the first period to finally burst.
After a long period of possession in the Vancouver zone, the puck was sent to Dunn. As the period was about to end, Dunn fired a wrist shot past Demko with 4.6 seconds left for the opening goal in the new building.
But Demko wasn’t interested in letting the night become a big party for Seattle. Demko was great in the second half, especially a streak at the end of the period denying Jarnkrok Street, and barely 60 seconds later stopping Mason Appleton on a breakaway, reach out behind to prevent the shot from going over the goal line.
NOTES: Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke announced ahead of the game that the No.32 was retired by the team in honor of becoming the 32nd franchise and the 32,000 season pass deposits received in early 2018 who contributed to the award of the franchise. … Garland has eight points in his first six games for Vancouver after traveling in an offseason trade with Arizona.
Vancouver: The Canucks open a seven-game homestand Tuesday night against Minnesota.
Seattle: The Kraken welcomes Montreal on Tuesday evening.
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