Demons that are hidden in a gunfight fall to Kraken

SEATTLE — Ryan Donato scored in the shootout for Seattle and New Jersey missed all three tries, with two saved by Phillip Grubauer as the Kraken beat the Devils 4-3 on Saturday night.

Rookie Matty Beniers scored his first goal in the NHL to give Seattle a 3-2 lead after 16:57 of the second period. Will Borgen and Carson Soucy also scored for the Kraken, who stalled in two games.

“I felt like Matty played a really solid game of hockey, him and his linemates,” said Kraken coach Dave Hakstol, who had Beniers on the ice to start the game, start overtime again, and then him made the second shot attempt.

“He’s made some plays at critical times,” he added, “that you’re looking for.”

Jesper Bratt, Jesper Boqvist and Damon Severson scored for New Jersey, which lost its second straight game after winning the first two games of a five-game road trip in the Western Conference.

The Kraken went first in the shootout, Donato got Nico Daws to move to the right, and Donato then went around Daws’ left and pinned him in the net.

Ryan Donato scores the winning goal on penalties against Nico Daws in the Devils' 4-3 loss to the Kraken.
Ryan Donato scores the winning goal on penalties against Nico Daws in the Devils’ 4-3 loss to the Kraken.
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Grubauer then parried Tomas Tartar’s shot. After Beniers hit his attempt from the left post, Grubauer stopped Bratt’s shot. Daws saved Daniel Sprong’s try, giving the Devils another chance to tie it. But Yegor Sharangovich sent his shot from the right post – the game was over.

Beniers, the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s Michigan draft, made his NHL debut Tuesday in Calgary. He recorded an assist in a 5-3 loss.

His goal on Saturday came on a power play to give the Kraken a 3-2 lead at 16:57 of the second period. Defender Vince Dunn, playing on the left wing, broke a shot off the blue line that slammed off the inside of the post. The puck dripped through the blue paint to the right side and Beniers charged in to sweep it past Daws and into the net.

Colton White tries to keep the puck away from the Kraken during the Devils' loss to Alex Wennberg.
Colton White tries to keep the puck away from the Kraken during the Devils’ loss to Alex Wennberg.
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“Someone had a nice tip and I just crashed the net and it jumped out of me,” Beniers said. “It was kind of lucky for me — you don’t get a lot of the ones that pop out and just sit in the crease and just tuck it in.”

Hakstol added: “The creativity is there and as he gets more confidence we will see more of that.”

On his home debut, Beniers said: “It was a lot of fun. Hopefully next time we’ll net one before we get to a shootout. But we won and that’s all that matters.”

Through regulation and overtime, Grubauer and Daws each made 23 saves.

Severson had tied it on 3 at 4:55 of the third and lifted a shot from the inside edge of the right circle over Grubauer for his 11th.

The Devils built a 2-1 lead in the first half on Bratt’s 25th goal of the season and Boqvist’s eighth – pinched around Borgen’s goal that made it 1.

New Jersey went 0-3 on Saturday’s power play. The Devils are 0-24 in their last nine games and 1-35 in their last 10 away games.

“Our power play wasn’t good enough,” said New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff. “We could have generated some momentum, we could have generated good energy, but we didn’t. We had some power plays that were good where we should have scored.

“We had some looks that we didn’t use. We could have taken a two-goal lead and that was a disappointment for us. That had the biggest impact on the game.” Demons that are hidden in a gunfight fall to Kraken


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