It wasn’t the dream start the Kraken were looking for last night. A 4-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights came at the price of a questionable officiating call on a goal scored by Knights player Chandler Stephenson. Stephenson appeared to have intentionally redirected his skate to kick the puck into the net for the game winner. Add more injury to insult that it was right after the Kraken’s Morgan Geekie scored the tying goal after the Kraken had overcome a 3-goal deficit and gave the Golden Knights a run for their money most of the game.
The Golden Knights may have won the game but the Kraken was the better playing team on the rink. Coming back from a 3-goal deficit with goals scored (in order) by Ryan Donato, Jaden Schwartz, and Morgan Geekie, displayed an attribute that all other NHL teams should take note when facing the Kraken. No lead however large or small is safe and the fight will be brought to the opponent whoever the Kraken play. The ability to demonstrate resilience against insurmountable odds is the sign of a champion yet to come. Had the Golden Knights not scored that fourth goal in the third period there could have been a real possibility Seattle could have sent the game into overtime. Despite the loss, a new era of professional sports captivated the city of Seattle and there’s an enthusiasm that’s been shown that they only want more. A positive reinforcement that still in a pandemic they, are another step closer to normality having this new expansion franchise to look forward to seeing play after waiting for so long.
Tuesday night’s loss was only game one of a 7-month 82 game regular season and the effort the Kraken put on display yesterday, is a positive harbinger of things to come. There is plenty of chances of redemption for the Kraken to not only win their first game in NHL history but, also go on a winning streak early in the season. On Thursday October 14th the Kraken play the Nashville Predators before traveling to the Midwest to face the Columbus Bluejackets in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday October 16th. From there the Kraken finish their first ever road stand on the east coast playing against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday October 18th and then the New Jersey Devils the following evening in Newark, New Jersey.
A new era of professional sports in Seattle has finally commenced.