They’ve done it. The Seattle Kraken have knocked out the defending champions Colorado Avalanche in Game Seven by a score of 2-1.
There were many things that happened in this game, but here are three main takeaways from the win.
1. Grubauer was exceptional in net.
One of the two goalies going into the game needed to have a great night to set the tone. That is exactly what Philipp Grubauer gave Seattle. He stopped 30+ shots and was the main reason that Seattle wasn’t down multiple goals during the first period.
The Seattle Kraken have defeated the Colorado Avalanche in seven games.
I said in the preview for this game that one of the two goaltenders was going to have to stand on his head. Grubauer did that to cap off what was an absolutely solid showing in the series. It had to feel especially good for Grubauer, who knocked off his former team.
2. This was a true Game Seven
Both teams played an extremely well overall game. It was a classic, tight defensive game that was on display last night. Throughout the entire series, besides Game Six really, both teams played a complete game. Seattle just had a complete game plan ever since Game One.
Another storyline in this series that was completed last night was that Seattle ended up scoring first in every game in the series. An impressive little stat to say the least, as scoring first in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is very important and a big reason why Seattle won.
3. Seattle wanted it more in the end.
Colorado played an amazing series overall. They came oh so close to knocking off Seattle, and that’s without their captain and other role players.
They got good goaltending, but not as good as Seattle’s. Colorado just didn’t seem to have that “I have to prove something” attitude which may have been to their detriment. It was a great series overall, and I’m happy for Seattle.