Kraken look to continue offensive surge vs. Kings

Kraken look to continue offensive surge vs. Kings

As an expansion team, the Seattle Kraken achieved franchise “firsts” nearly every game last season, especially early in the campaign.They established a trio of franchise records in Game 1 of their second season, a 5-4 overtime loss Wednesday at Anaheim.The Kraken hope to take that offensive momentum into a Thursday night game road game against the Los Angeles Kings.The Kraken, who had the NHL’s 29th-ranked offense last season, set marks with three power-play goals, 48 shots overall and 20 shots in a period.”It shows that we’re hungry, we want to get to the net and we want to get a lot of shots,” said Kraken forward Oliver Bjorkstrand, an offseason acquisition from the Columbus Blue Jackets. “So, that’s a positive. Again, there were a lot of positives in this game. It’s just some small mistakes we’ve got to straighten out.”The Kraken tied for 28th in goals per game last season (2.60) and were 29th in the 32-team league in both shots per game (29.0 per game) and power-play success (14.5 percent).It would appear Seattle improved in those areas, as Jared McCann, free agent signee Andre Burakovsky and Bjorkstrand tallied on the power play. Defenseman Justin Schultz added two assists in his Kraken debut.Rookie Matty Beniers, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NHL draft, had a goal and an assist. Beniers’ goal at 4:09 of the third period gave the Kraken a 4-2 lead, but they couldn’t hold on and lost on Troy Terry’s OT breakaway.”We’ve just got to figure out how to close out those games,” Beniers said. “We had played pretty well. It was just kind of in the last 10 or 12 minutes when they had a late push and we didn’t have a very good response.”

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