SEATTLE – Aside from a poor finish, the preseason Stanley Cup favorite rolled over the expansion Seattle Kraken and its former goalkeeper Friday night in its first game against the NHL’s 32nd team.
Five Avalanche scores, including two power-play goals from winger Andre Burakovsky and two in equal strength from defender Cale Makar as the white-hot guests lowered Kraken 7-3 at Climate Pledge Arena to sweep a two-game west coast road. trip.
Colorado, now 4-0 during star center Nathan MacKinnon’s most recent absence, took a 4-0 lead to chase starting goalkeeper Chris Driedger just 5:33 inside the second period. The Avs (8-5-1) then added two goals to former netballer Philipp Grubauer, who signed with Seattle as an unlimited free agent in the off-season, eventually building a 7-0 lead before the hosts scored two power-play goals. .
Makar and defender Erik Johnson put the puck past Grubauer to complete another period with four goals and take a 6-0 lead into the third before a quiet crowd of 17,151. Nicolas Aube-Kubel, who played his second game with Avs after being demanded exemptions from Philadelphia last week, made it 7-0 early in the final frame.
Goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper had what would have been his first shutout with the Avs end as Seattle (4-12-1) scored a power-play goal 1:10 after Aube-Kubel put the third puck behind Grubauer. Colorado committed four penalties in less than five minutes to get the crowd back in the fight.
Avs scored in every situation and got a shorthanded goal from Valeri Nichushkin to take a 2-0 lead just 6:39 inside the match. Makar scored his first for a 3-0 lead early in the second period and Burakovsky added his second at 5:33 to end Driedger’s play.
Grubauer, who has been Avs’ primary goalkeeper for the past three seasons, had played in 13 of Kraken’s 16 previous matches. But he was named Driedger’s backup after the morning skate – after absorbing his eighth loss to the visiting Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Footnotes. The AVs scratchers were defenders Kurtis MacDermid and Bo Byram, the latter of whom are in concussion protocol. MacKinnon (lower body injury) missed his fourth game in a row and sixth of the season. Striker JT Compher (upper body) missed his second move. … Colorado is off Saturday. It begins a two-game home game on Monday against the Ottawa Senators, which is currently shut down in the COVID protocol.
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