A good start by the Canucks wasn’t enough as some familiar issues popped up in the 2nd period en route to a 5-3 loss to the Seattle Kraken in Spokane, WA last night.
The Canucks came out of the first period with a two goal lead thanks to a breakaway goal from Jack Rathbone and a PP marker from Brock Boeser, but penalty trouble in the 2nd contributed to the Kraken scoring three goals in just over eight minutes to take the lead.
A Nils Hoglander goal was able to tie it up briefly in the third, but Morgan Geekie’s second goal of the game on the power play would prove to be the winner for the Kraken in their first exhibition game.
The Canucks are back in Abbotsford to take on the Calgary Flames tonight, and we should see a far better representation of the team than the squad that was sent down to Spokane to take on the Kraken.
In other action last night, the Flames came up flat in a preseason Battle of Alberta, dropping a 4-0 decision to the Edmonton Oilers. Former Flame Derek Ryan had a goal for Edmonton in this one.
Jake DeBrusk and Erik Haula scored in regulation and the shootout to help Boston to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.
The Sharks played with a split squad last night, one team notching a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights, while the B squad lost 6-3 to Anaheim.
We’ll have our preview of the Canucks/Flames tilt later today, and a reminder this one is also not being televised.