Kraken get 1st win over Golden Knights, Burakovsky scores 2

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Andre Burakovsky scored two goals and Philipp Grubauer celebrated his 31st birthday with 20 saves in the Seattle Kraken’s 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night.

The battle between the Pacific Division’s top teams also happened to be a showdown by the NHL’s youngest expansion teams and marked Seattle’s first win over the Golden Knights since entering the league last season. The Kraken, now winless against just eight teams in the league, have won four straight games, including three straight wins against intradivision opponents.

Ryan Donato and Jordan Eberle added goals for Seattle who improved to 6-1-1 away.

Nic Roy and Phil Kessel scored for Vegas while Adin Hill had 24 saves.

Burakovsky, who came into the game with two career goals against Vegas, scored both goals with vicious snipes on Hill, once in the first period to give the Kraken a two-goal lead and again in the second to put Seattle back to Vegas bring lace tied the game.

“It’s obviously a huge win,” said Burakovsky, who had his second straight multi-point game and third of the season. “You are ahead of us. We want to hunt them. It was an important game. We lost to them last time. So we’re hungry for victory today. It was good to have done it. Of course, it’s always about helping the team get on the board.”

The Kraken dominated early on, trailing the Golden Knights 8-2 and taking a two-goal lead in the first half.

“They were faster than us, they won a lot more races, individual fights, they played better than us – they were just the better team,” said Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy. “Call it what it is, from start to finish they outperformed us. We can look at different areas and why and what, but we weren’t ready to play, it’s always up to the manager. I have to get the boys ready to play.”

Donato started with a deft move around Hill after less than three minutes to put it on target and Burakovsky made it 2-0 when he snagged a pass from Adam Larsson and fired a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.

The Golden Knights cut Seattle’s lead in half when Roy was on the doorstep for a rebound and netted him in his first game back after missing three games with a lower body injury.

Kessel played in his 1,004th Consecutive play and shortly thereafter snagged Shea Theodore’s touch pass at the bottom of the right circle to level the game at 2.

Burakovsky put the Kraken back in front when he snagged a pass from Jamie Oleksiak, ran through the right circle and blasted a wrist shot over Hill’s glove.

“His second goal of the game was a big one,” said Seattle coach Dave Hakstol of Burakowski. “It was a nice game to start with. He found a way in. He found the extra step to get to a better shooting range. He found the short side. It was a good night for him.”

Eberle provided the highlight of the night after being initially stopped by Hill and turning the puck up and in to extend Seattle’s lead back to two goals.

“We needed two points,” said Hakstol. “We’re not looking for a benchmark. We play the game. We play to win games. They are two important points on the way.”

Kraken: Visit Anaheim on Sunday.

Golden Knights: host Vancouver on Saturday. Kraken get 1st win over Golden Knights, Burakovsky scores 2

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