(AP) SEATTLE — Canucks vs Kraken The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Seattle Kraken 5-4 on Thursday night to snap their season-opening losing run, which had lasted a franchise-record seven games. Ilya Mikheyev scored his first two goals of the year in the victory.
Bruce Boudreau reached 600 NHL victories with the aid of goals and assists from Elias Pettersson, Andrei Kuzmenko, and Conor Garland. Garland fired the game-winning goal into an empty net.
Boudreau remarked, “Just to hear the music in the (locker) room and knowing how hard they’ve prepared and they haven’t lost hope.” The mood has never been so low that we’ve entered a game and said, “Oh, woe is me. I believe it was a wonderful treat for them.
Canucks vs Kraken For the Canucks, Thatcher Demko stopped 32 shots, including two while lying on his back halfway through the third. A late goal by Andre Burakovsky was also disallowed by the officials for a high stick.
For Seattle, goals were scored by Jamie Oleksiak, Jared McCann, Matty Beniers, and Jaden Schwartz. With 30 seconds left, Schwartz scored on a power play.
Beniers stated, “Sometimes you have a hot goalie and he played fairly good. It just so happens, you know. They enter occasionally and occasionally don’t.
With his two assists and Beniers’ goal in the second to tie the score at three, Jordan Eberle reached 600 career points. Seattle’s Martin Jones recorded 14 saves. When facing their closest competitor, The Kraken is 0-5.
According to Kraken coach Dave Hakstol, “We were the better team for the majority of the night, but they defeated us on speciality teams by one and that ultimately made the difference in the hockey game.”
TALLY OF BOUDREAU
Boudreau becomes the fifth active coach to reach 600 victories and the 22nd coach in NHL history (600-322-127). The only person with a higher points percentage than Boudreau (.657) is former Detroit Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman (.657).
Since the third game, I haven’t been thinking about that, he admitted. I merely wanted to secure the victory for the men and make them feel better.