By Peter Bojarinov
SEATTLE, WA. Ryan Donato tied up late and won in a shootout as the Seattle Kraken caught a close win versus the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Monday afternoon.
Vince Dunn scored for Seattle (11-23-4). Dominik Kubalik had a goal and an assist for Chicago (15-18-6). Philipp Grubauer made 25 saves for the Kraken, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 for the Blackhawks.
In the late afternoon game, the first in franchise history for Seattle, it would take awhile before there would be many scoring chances with only 13 shots in the first period.
Kubalik broke the scoreless draw with a goal past a passive Kraken defence on a breakaway(12:06) in the second period.
The offensive minded Dunn sent a seeing eye shot from the point by a screened Fleury to tie it at one a piece(15:01) not too far after the seal breaker.
The second city team striked right back with a power play goal by Brandon Hagel(17:06).
Early in the third period, Donato toe dragged a Blackhawks defender and scored on an interfered and sprawled out veteran Fleury (2:02).
Fleury hastily stopped a penalty shot on Jared McCann with less than six minutes remaining in regulation.
After Fleury held the fort in overtime, Joonas Donskoi and Donato scored in the shootout for the win.
Notes: First ever afternoon game in the franchise for the Seattle Kraken. Dunn scored the 100th NHL goal for the Seattle Kraken in his 300th career NHL game. Jared McCann took the first ever penalty shot in Kraken history. Prior to the game the Kraken claimed forward Karson Kuhlman (@K_Kuhlman20) off of waivers from the Boston Bruins.
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