Without the stress of three years of anticipation hanging over them, the Seattle Kraken felt free and unfastened going into the second home sport in franchise historical past.

It confirmed and Tuesday night time shortly changed into a Seattle rout.

Brandon Tanev had two objectives and Jordan Eberle added one other to present the Seattle Kraken their first home win ever, beating the Montreal Canadiens 5-1.

“I’m not gonna say pressure, but there’s a lot of anxiety in it. You feel the big game; the first ever game in this building,” Eberle stated. “So you know with that out of the way, I think the boys felt a little bit at ease.”

Mike Hoffman scored for a second straight sport for Montreal, nevertheless it was an unsightly begin to the Canadiens’ West Coast journey. Montreal is final within the Eastern Conference with simply two factors in six video games and having been outscored 24-11.

“Tonight we did not deserve to win at all,” Montreal ahead Josh Anderson stated. “The coaches put a game plan together every single night. Our job as players is to go out and execute. Right now, we are not doing that.”

Eberle acquired Seattle began by scoring 62 seconds into the sport along with his first of the season.

Then Tanev, who’s shortly changing into a fan favourite and is the unlikely goal-scoring chief for Seattle with 5 in seven video games, redirected a cross from Jamie Oleksiak for the 2-1 lead late within the first interval.

Yanni Gourde scored his first of the season on a nifty backhanded sweep round Montreal goalie Jake Allen through the second interval. Gourde additionally assisted on Tanev’s second objective, when he beat Allen by catching Montreal in a change halfway by the second interval for a 4-1 Kraken lead.

Tanev had seven objectives in 32 video games final season and his profession excessive of 14 objectives got here in 2018-19 with Winnipeg.

“We wanted to come out tonight and play a full 60 minutes. I thought we did that, and give the crowd something to celebrate,” Tanev stated.

Ryan Donato scored the fifth for Seattle on a breakaway early within the third interval.

Allen made 21 saves, however he had little assist from Montreal’s protection on every of the first 4 objectives.

“We were in the same position less than a week ago,” Montreal defenseman Jeff Petry stated. “It’s the same game we played in Buffalo, same game we played at home against the Sharks. It doesn’t work. It’s frustrating.”

Philipp Grubauer made 23 saves in Seattle’s most full efficiency of the season after surrendering a third-period lead in its home opener Saturday in a loss to Vancouver. Seattle’s 5 objectives on Tuesday have been a season excessive and got here on simply 26 pictures.

“Big saves at the right time,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol stated. “It’s not always about the volume. It’s about key saves at the right time.”

Tanev’s scoring is a giant bonus for Seattle’s offense however getting Gourde and Eberle going is simply as vital.

Eberle was one of many extra outstanding offensive choices Seattle made within the growth draft however his first couple of weeks had been full of scoring frustration that began when he rang the crossbar with an open internet solely moments into Seattle’s first sport in Vegas.

He appeared to let loose a few of that frustration Tuesday when he flicked a wrist shot previous Allen within the opening seconds.

“Throughout the first six games, I had two or three really good logs in each game. Sometimes they don’t go in,” Eberle stated. “Got one first shift and I had another three or four good looks.”

1917 REMEMBERED

Prior to the sport, Seattle honored the 1917 Seattle Metropolitans, who defeated the Canadiens to change into the first American staff to win the Stanley Cup. Seattle unveiled a banner commemorating that victory, which is able to cling from the rafters of Climate Pledge Arena.

NOTES: Seattle’s Mason Appleton injured his proper leg late within the second interval when he was pinned awkwardly towards the boards by Sami Niku. Appleton left the ice with out placing weight on the leg. Niku was referred to as for holding on the play. Hakstol didn’t have an replace on Appleton’s standing. … Montreal’s Jonathan Drouin skated in his four-hundredth profession sport within the NHL … Seattle F Jared McCann has a four-game level streak, tying a profession excessive.

UP NEXT

Montreal: At San Jose on Thursday night time.

Seattle: Hosts Minnesota on Thursday night time.