Ducks Can’t “Krak” Seattle

Photo: AP

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks started their road trip in Seattle for one of two games against the Kraken. John Gibson was in net against Joey Daccord. Trevor Zegras finally returned to the lineup after being out with a busted ankle.


Seattle opened the scoring about eight minutes into the first period. Eeli Tolvanen got the puck behind the Anaheim net and brought it to the side of the net, scoring with a quick wrist shot.

The Kraken would go on the power play late in the period and Jordan Eberle would score. He tried to pass the puck and it deflected off William Lagesson‘s skate then straight into the net. Seattle led 2-0 at the end of the first period.

Seattle took a 3-0 on a power play about five minutes into the middle period. Tolvanen threw the puck in the slot and Pavel Mintyukov intercepted the pass, but the puck deflected towards the feet of Oliver Bjorkstrand who scored on a wrist shot.

Matthew Beniers scored towards the end of the period on a 3-on-1 rush to make it 4-0 after two periods.

In the third period, the Ducks came close to a few times to scoring, but ultimately couldn’t get one past Daccord. About seven minutes into the third period Zegras crashed the net and there was a mad scramble in front, but the puck stayed out. Mason McTavish had a few good looks, but didn’t score either. Ducks dropped this 4-0.


The Ducks got off to a rough start going down 2-0 and they were only able to manage four shots on goal in the first period. The Kraken scored two more times in the second and that’s all she wrote folks. Anaheim only had five shots on goal halfway through the game and then ended with a measly 12 shots on goal for the game.

Special teams and discipline reared its ugly heads again. The Ducks went shorthanded five times and gave up two power play goals. Anaheim only went on the power play once and didn’t convert.

Zegras returned after being out since January. He played nearly 16 minutes and looked good. He started the game on the third line with Isac Lundestrom and Brett Leason. Early in the second period he switched places with Ryan Strome and was on the second line with Mason McTavish and Frank Vatrano. It will be interesting to see where he is in the lineup on Thursday when the Ducks play the Kraken again.

What’s Next?

Ducks play the Kraken again tomorrow at 7 PM.

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March 27th, 2024


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