The Seattle Kraken will look to close out the defending NHL champions Friday night and advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the team came away with a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 5 of their first-round series Wednesday.
After a scoreless first period, Morgan Geekie got the Kraken on the board with a goal assisted by Jaden Schwartz and Alex Wennberg in the second.
The Avalanche answered a minute later with a goal from Nathan MacKinnon, his third of the series, to tie the game at 1-1.
The Kraken regained the lead two minutes later as left winger Tye Kartye scored his first career NHL goal in his NHL debut. According to Sportsnet, Kartye — the reigning American Hockey League rookie of the month — became just the eighth player in NHL history to score a playoff goal in his league debut.
Kartye was called up from the Coachella Valley Firebirds, the Kraken’s AHL affiliate team, earlier this month.
Kraken forward Yanni Gourde extended the lead to 3-1 with a goal nearly two minutes into the third period.
Colorado pulled back to within one with a goal by Evan Rodrigues with just under four minutes to go in regulation.
Game 6 is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.
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