Avalanche Come Alive and Win Game Three, Stun Seattle Crowd

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 22: Evan Rodrigues #9 of the Colorado Avalanche misses an opportunity against Philipp Grubauer #31 of the Seattle Kraken during the first period in Game Three of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Climate Pledge Arena on April 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 22: Evan Rodrigues #9 of the Colorado Avalanche misses an opportunity against Philipp Grubauer #31 of the Seattle Kraken during the first period in Game Three of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Climate Pledge Arena on April 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
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The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Seattle Kraken Saturday night by a final score of 6-4. In front of a very excited Seattle crowd, the team unfortunately lost. Let’s go over Game Three period by period.

The First Period

The first period started with the Kraken getting on the board with a tip-in goal by Jaden Schwartz six minutes and eight seconds into the game. That was Schwartz’s 27th career Stanley Cup Playoff goal, and it wouldn’t be the last time he got on the score sheet.

Schwartz won the Stanley Cup with the St Louis Blues back in 2019, so he knows what it takes to play well in the playoffs.

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Seattle Kraken in game three.

The Seattle crowd would be excited with the lead until 16 minutes and seven seconds into the period when JT Compher scored to tie the game 1-1. The goal was shorthanded and a momentum killer for Seattle.

I say momentum killer because three minutes later Nathan MacKinnon would finally get his first goal of the series after being held without one the previous two games.

At the end of the first period, the score was 2-1 Avalanche. Seattle needs to play the same type of tight defensive style they found in game one because last night was a prime example of what Colorado can do to you.

The Second Period

With giving up two goals in the last five minutes of the first, it wouldn’t get better for the Kraken. Cale Makar scored four minutes and 33 seconds into the second, giving the Avalanche a two-goal lead.

At this point, it was looking like Colorado was going to run away with it. They held that two-goal lead until Jamie Oleksiak scored at 12 minutes and 51 seconds, and the Kraken got one back.

That goal by Oleksiak proved to be huge for the Kraken because Matty Beniers finally got his first goal of the series at 13 minutes and 10 seconds.

Beniers was noticeable in every single game in the series, so it’s nice he finally got a goal. After the second, it was tied 3-3, and a brand new game.

The Third Period

In the final period of this back-and-forth game, this was proving to be an exciting one. Both teams had given up leads, so some defensive stability would be key for both teams.

The score would not remain tied long, as MacKinnon would score his second of the game at four minutes and 29 seconds. Later in the period without any action, Rantanen would score at 17 minutes and 46 seconds. The two superstars for Colorado awoke and gave their team what they needed.

At that point, the game was pretty much over. But to the Kraken’s credit, they got one back as Schwartz scored his second of the game, but it wasn’t enough.

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Final Thoughts

The Kraken couldn’t keep up with the Avalanche’s star players, which is going to have to change or they’ll be out.