Well, it’s the end of September, someone please wake me up—Mark Giordano came to the Saddledome on the opposing team. In the Calgary Flames’ third preseason game, they activated more of their regulars, including debuting Johnny Gaudreau as well as their projected first line of Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk, and Blake Coleman. The Seattle Kraken also had a mix of veterans and prospects, making for a more exciting matchup compared to the past two games.
Three minutes into the first period, the Flames’ former captain made sure the Flames knew he was on the other team by scoring the game’s first goal. Seattle was up 1–0 and the fans in the stands were aroar cheering for Giordano in his return and for his goal.
Jaden Schwartz, a free agent signing by the Kraken, doubled the lead three minutes later. The Flames got off to an atrociously slow start and were held to just one shot after 13 minutes of play. However, with just over five minutes remaining and some momentum building for the home team, Tkachuk cut into the lead picking up the puck from a behind the net pass from Lindholm.
Midway through the second period, the Flames tied things up courtesy of a heads up play by Walker Duehr to pick the puck off Haydn Fleury by the Flames’ blue line to skate it all the way to a shot off the post. The rebound was corralled by Michael Stone who put it past Philipp Grubauer, who was out of position.
In the third period, the Kraken regained their lead courtesy of Schwartz again, but with just over two minutes left, Mikael Backlund tied things up for the Flames and brought the game to overtime. The extra frame didn’t solve anything and it took a shootout that included a Tkachuk goal for the Flames (and misses from Gaudreau and Justin Kirkland) and goals from Jared McCann and Jordan Eberle (with Giordano with the Kraken’s miss).
Seattle takes the first ever (preseason) game between the Kraken and Flames by a final score of 4–3.
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