The Seattle Kraken couldn’t get anything going and dropped Game 4, 6-3. The series is now tied 2-2 and the teams head back to Dallas for Game 5 Thursday night. Dallas made massive adjustments and slowed down the Kraken. Slowed down is being nice. They stopped us in our tracks. They also had a 5-goal second period.
How do you follow up a 7-goal effort? Get completely outworked by a Dallas Stars team that really needed to win. Lame.
Last night was the return of Jared McCann for the first time in two weeks. We looked significantly different and not in the way we were hoping. Making roster changes when the team has been firing on all cylinders is a gamble. McCann’s return should have been the element that pushes us over the top.
Instead we looked lost. Give credit to Dallas though, they are a veteran team, loaded with talent and depth. They put their abysmal Game 3 behind them and dominated the Kraken from the opening faceoff. Lame.
Dallas needed Jamie Benn, Jason Robertson, and Joe Pavelski to score (they did- Robertson had an assist), and for goalie Jake Oettinger to forget Game 3 and return to form (he did). Everything that needed to happen for Dallas to win, happened.
A Maxi Domi a “controversial” goal, that ended up being the a good goal was the icing on the cake.
I really can’t stand Max Domi. His father Tie, was one of the best enforcers in NHL history. Tie was really fun to watch. Max is not his father. He is one of the most overrated players in the league today. He is the JD Drew of hockey (Drew is one of the most overrated baseball players of all-time). Max is annoying (he had 2 goals). Sorry for the rant.
The refs made the correct call on the ‘no goalie interference’. Kraken fans losing their minds need to watch the replay. Grubauer initiated the original contact with Benn and then sold the embellishment. Nice try Gru. Almost got em!
Game 4 showed just how much frustration and desperation is building up on the ice. Dallas was able to capitalize on that. The Kraken did show signs of life in the second period after Dallas lost Benn to injury (he later came back OK). Jaden Schwartz scored a nifty goal and was able to get the Kraken crowd back into this game (he ended up with 2 goals in the game).
The late Kraken push was not enough. We did get to see goalie Martin Jones for the first time this postseason.
The team will need to adjust and get things back to ‘normal’ before Thursday night’s matchup. Do not hit the panic button. This series will go all seven games. We got this.
Fear the deep!