Kraken 1-4 Golden Knights (October 11, 2023) Game Review

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LAS VEGAS — Jonathan Marchessault scored, Ardin Hill made 23 saves and the Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights beat Seattle 4-1 on Tuesday night following a flag-raising ceremony. Team Kraken.

Conn Smythe champion Marchessault scored in the first game of the season for the fourth straight year and fifth time in seven seasons for Vegas.

Chandler Stephenson, Ivan Barbashev and Jack Eichel also scored for the Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights improved to 6-1-0 in their home opener, their only loss to Philadelphia in 2018. Vegas outscored visiting teams in those games 26-14.

Jared McCann scored Seattle’s lone goal. Philipp Grubauer made 24 saves.

Vegas scored early in the first quarter as Mark Stone, Brett Howden and Stephenson played tic-tac-toe in the offensive zone. As they crossed the blue line, Stone passed across the ice to Howen, who sent the puck to the crease where Stephenson was.

The Golden Knights made it 2-0 when Seattle’s Brandon Tanev cleared the puck over the goal, but Marchessault deflected the puck past Grubauer. (Grubauer).

Barbashev hit a breakthrough at 1:20 of the second period to make the score 3-0. Seattle responded midway through the game when McCann’s wrist shot sailed past Hill.

The Kraken had plenty of chances midway through the third period when Howden was awarded a penalty after his shot hit Tanev’s head. But just as he held his head high during the Golden Knights’ Stanley Cup run, Hill was outstanding in the shootout with six saves.

“I thought our penalty kill was really good,” Hill said. “That was an area of ​​focus during training camp, just working on that and being aggressive and willing to make mistakes. I thought we did that tonight and I thought our penalty kill was outstanding. Of course, they’re going to get some Concern, but yeah, we’ve done a good job of limiting it.”

Eichel scored an empty goal with just over a minute left in the game.

“We had plenty of scoring chances,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstall said. “Early on in the hockey game, we could have executed a little better on some of these plays, we missed some netting on some really good opportunities and we executed really well and we didn’t finish the game. All of a sudden, in A (first) period where we did a lot of good things and we were down 2-0. Now you’re digging out of a deep hole. Ultimately, we didn’t take advantage of our chances, whether it was 5-on-5 or on the power play. Contest.”

Injury update

Golden Knights forward William Carrier left the game in the second quarter with an upper-body injury and did not return. …Seattle forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also left the bench in the second period after blocking a shot with his left hand. He came back in the third quarter.

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Golden Knights: At San Jose on Thursday night.

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