Burakovsky Scores Twice In Kraken’s 4-2 Victory over Golden Knights

The Seattle Kraken defeated the Vegas Golden Knights for the 1st time in franchise history by a score of 4-2 on Friday. The win was the Kraken’s 4th in a row, and the team is now 9-1-1 over the last 11 games played. Vegas dropped to 16-5-1 on the season, and is now 6-3-0 over the last 10 games played.

Seattle scored early to make it 1-0, tacked on another goal later in the period to make it 2-0, and shortly after that surrendered a pair of goals resulting in both squads entering the intermission with a tie. Ryan Donato (3), and Andre Burakovsky (6) picked up goals for Seattle, while Nicolas Roy (5), and Phil Kessel (4) answered for the Golden Knights.

Halfway into the 1st half of the second period (5:20 to be exact), Burakovsky found the twine for his 2nd goal of the game, and his 7th overall.

He skated uncontested into the faceoff circle and absolutely sniped a shot high past Adin Hill.

Toward the end of the period Jordan Eberle made an amazing play to walk in past a few defenders, and after getting denied on his first attempt he tucked home the rebound past a prone Hill to give Seattle a 4-2 lead.

Vegas was out-shot 28 to 22 during the game, and that includes a margin of 19 to 13 over the final 2 periods of play. The Golden Knights went 1 for 1 on the power play, 2 for 2 on the penalty kill, and deserved a better fate in the eyes of MoneyPuck’s Deserve to Win O Meter, primarily because they generated 2.2 expected goals to Seattle’s 1.73 in all situations of play.

Hill stopped 24 of 28 shots he faced, and Philipp Grubauer stopped 20 of 22 in his first start since October 21st after missing the 11 previous contests due to a lower-body injury. In any case, the Golden Knights will have to shrug the loss off and have a short memory as the team is in action again on Saturday vs. the Vancouver Canucks.