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KRAKEN, KINGS REACT TO 17-GOAL THRILLER ON TUESDAY NIGHT

NOV 30, 2022  (12H45)      COOPER GODIN
Tuesday night's game between the Los Angeles Kings and Seattle Kraken was the highest-scoring game in the National Hockey League so far this season, with a whopping 17 goals scored.

Heading into the third period, the Kraken had an 8-6 lead, before the Kings stormed back, scoring twice in the final frame to tie things up at 8-8, forcing overtime. In the extra frame, Kraken forward Andre Burakovsky scored to give his team a 9-8 win.

"It was kind of a messed up night," Burakovsky said. "Trading chances, a lot of sloppy plays. I think we played a really bad game, and so did they. We were lucky that they didn't play good at all."

On the other side, Kings head coach Todd McLellan was disappointed in his team's performance, but was fortunate they were able to fight back and come away with a point.


"It's a very, very confusing night for all of us," McLellan said. "I'm really disappointed that we gave up nine goals, absolutely. But on the other side of the coin, I'm glad we fought back, got a point, and scored eight."

He added, "So it's mass confusion right now for all of us, and we better frickin' figure it out quickly."

Kraken forward Jordan Eberle led the way with four assists, while Matty Beniers, Burakovsky and Jared McCann all had two goals a piece. For the Kings, Kevin Fiala had four assists and they had seven different goal scorers, with Gabriel Vilardi potting two.

"It was a crazy game," Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol said. "It wasn't a well-played hockey game in a lot of respects when you look at the types of chances and the goals against, things like that. At the end of the day, it was one of those games where the last shot wins, and that's exactly what happened."

Hakstol added, "We probably won't look at a whole lot of this, I'll be honest. We'll get back to who we are two nights from now."

With the victory, the Kraken improve to a remarkable 14-5-3 in their sophomore season in the NHL and sit second in the Pacific Division, while the overtime loss for the Kings put them at 12-9-4 and are currently third in the division.

If the playoffs began today, the Kraken and Kings would face each other in the first round. If Tuesday's game is any indication, a seven-game series between the two teams would be highly entertaining.

Source: theScore
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