For Kraken followers, a win might beat seeing Capitals’ legend

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2021-11-21 18:15:53 GMT+00:00 – Fans in Seattle will get their first have a look at the “Great 8,” Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, on Sunday night time.

It’s probably they’d relatively see a Kraken victory.

Seattle is mired in a six-game dropping streak throughout which it has allowed 31 targets. That contains a 7-3 loss to the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Friday night time when the enlargement Kraken scored the ultimate three targets of the sport.

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“We are finding ways to lose,” stated Jordan Eberle, who scored his team-leading ninth purpose within the loss. “We can still turn this around to be a competitive team.”

The Kraken allowed a power-play purpose and a short-handed purpose within the opening 6:39 and by no means recovered. Seattle is 0-9-0 when trailing on the finish of the primary interval.

“We’re getting down in games, and we’re not helping ourselves when we get down,” captain Mark Giordano stated. “We’re taking more chances when we get down. Against good teams, they are going to make you pay. You’re giving them odd-man rushes. You’re giving them a lot of zone time on their chances because we’re taking way too many risks too early in the game.”

Goaltender Chris Driedger, making simply his second begin of the season after coming off the injured record, was pulled after permitting 4 targets on 13 pictures. Philipp Grubauer, a Vezina Trophy finalist final season with Colorado, made 14 saves on 17 pictures in opposition to his former workforce.

Grubauer, signed as a free agent within the offseason, has the worst save proportion (.875) within the league amongst goalies who’ve performed 10 or extra video games. Driedger’s is even worse at .791, although he is appeared simply thrice.

Forward Colin Blackwell, who scored his first purpose of the season, wasn’t having a query in regards to the Kraken’s goaltending within the postgame media convention.

“I’m going to stop you right there,” Blackwell stated. “It has nothing to do with (Grubauer) or (Driedger). They’ve worked their (butt) off every single day when they come to the rink.

“We’re a workforce, so it is a unit of 5, six. Guys like that, that is why it is powerful to play the place. They all the time get the lashing by folks on the surface.”

Ovechkin had two goals and an assist Saturday night as the Capitals won 4-0 at San Jose to extend their points streak to seven games (6-0-1). Conor Sheary also tallied twice and Ilya Samsonov made 22 saves for the shutout, his second in a row after blanking the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 Wednesday.

“He had a couple of different bombs that simply did not go in,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said of Ovechkin.

The 36-year-old Ovechkin has 14 goals this season, tied for second in the league behind Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl, who has 18. Ovechkin’s 744 career goals rank fourth behind Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801) and Jaromir Jagr (766).

His first goal Saturday came on the power play, giving him 272 in his career with the man advantage. Only Dave Andreychuk (274) has more.

Ovechkin added an empty-netter with a little more than a minute to play.

Sunday will mark the first game for the Capitals at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena.

“I believe the blokes are excited to go there and test it out,” Laviolette said.

None more so than forward T.J. Oshie, who grew up in the Seattle area. Oshie played Saturday for the first time since Oct. 27 because of a leg injury and had an assist.

–Field Level Media

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) shoots and scores against the San Jose Sharks during the first period at SAP Center at San Jose.  John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports