Without the pressure of three years of hanging expectations on them, the Seattle Kraken franchise felt free and loose in the second home game in history.
It shows up and quickly turned into a Seattle route Tuesday night.
Brandon Tanev added two goals and Jordan added another to give Seattle the Kraken their first home win, beating Montreal Canadians 5-1.
“I’m not going to say pressure, but there’s a lot of concern. You’re feeling the big game; the first game in this building,” Eberel said. “So you know that out of the way, I think the guys felt a little more comfortable.”
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Mike Hoffman scored in the second drawn game for Montreal, but it was an ugly start for the Canadians on the West Coast tour. Montreal finished with just two points from six games at the Eastern Conference and are leading 24-11.
“Tonight we didn’t deserve to win at all,” Montreal forward Josh Anderson said. “Coaches put together a game plan every night. Our job as players is to go out and implement it. Right now, we’re not doing that.”
Eberle started Seattle with a score of 62 seconds in his first season.
Then Tanev, who is quickly becoming a fan favorite and a leader less likely to score five goals in seven games for Seattle, redirected a pass from Jamie Oleksiak for a 2-1 lead towards the end of the first period.
Yanni Gourde scored her first goal of the season in a Nifty backhand sweep around Montreal goalkeeper Jack Allen in the second half. Gorde also assisted on Tanev’s second goal, as he beat Allen with a catch in the middle of a change in the second period to give Montreal a 4-1 Kraken lead.
Tanev had seven goals in 32 games last season and the highest 14 goals of his career were with Winnipeg in 2018-19.
“We wanted to come out tonight and play the whole 60 minutes. I thought we’d do that, and give the crowd something to celebrate,” Tanev said.
Ryan Donato scored the fifth goal for Seattle early in the third period.
Allen made 21 saves, but each of the first four goals had little help from the Montreal defense.
“We were in the same position less than a week ago,” Montreal defenseman Jeff Petrie said. “It’s the same game we played at Buffalo, the same game we played at home against the Sharks. It doesn’t work. It’s frustrating.”
Philip Grubauer made 23 saves in Seattle’s most complete performance since surrendering a third-term lead to his home opener after Saturday’s loss to Vancouver. Seattle’s five goals on Tuesday were a season high and came in just 26 shots.
“Big saves at the right time,” said Seattle coach Dave Hackstall. “It’s not always about volume. It’s about saving keys at the right time.”
Tanev’s scoring is a big bonus for Seattle’s offense but just as important as getting Gourde and Eberlek.
Eberle was one of the most notable offensive picks in Seattle’s expansion draft but his first few weeks were filled with scoring frustration that began when he painted the crossbar with an open net for a few moments of Seattle’s first game in Vegas.
On Tuesday he could release some of that frustration when he flicked a wrist shot past Allen in the first second.
“Throughout the first six games, I had two or three really good logs in each game. Sometimes they don’t enter,” Aberrell said. “Got a first shift and I had three or four more good looks.”
1917 is remembered
Before the game, Seattle honored the 1917 Seattle Metropolitan, who became the first American team to win the Stanley Cup by defeating the Canadians. Seattle has unveiled a banner commemorating that victory, which will hang from the Climate Promise Arena Rafter.
Note: Seattle’s Mason Appleton injured his right leg late in the second half when he was awkwardly pinned against the board by Sami Niku. Appleton left the ice without putting weight on his feet. Niku was called in to hold the play. There is no update on Appleton’s status in Hackstall. … Jonathan Druin of Montreal skates in his 400th career game in the NHL … Seattle F. Jared McCann has a four-game point streak, tying his career high.
The next one is coming
Montreal: Thursday night in San Jose.
Seattle: Host Minnesota on Thursday night.