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How should the Kraken view their thrilling first game in franchise history?


LAS VEGAS – Maybe this is all a bit too deep or philosophical. It is hockey, after all. But a game like this leaves questions.

If you’re the Seattle Kraken, how do you view what happened in a 4-3 loss Tuesday to the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena? Do they view it more in the scope that it was just one game? Do they view it as the first game in franchise history? Better yet, do they view it as the first of 82 games?

“There is a lot of different layers to it, I guess,” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said. “In the immediacy, it’s been a pretty challenging last 40 hours for our group.”

Hakstol said more after that but maybe that is the prism through which this entire excursion is viewed. Go back to Monday, when it initially appeared that the Kraken were going to be missing Joonas Donskoi, Marcus Johansson, Jared McCann and Jamie Oleksiak because they were entered into COVID-19 protocol a few days after Calle Jarnkrok was sidelined for the same reason.

Potentially missing four players forced the Kraken to scramble. That led to a race against time for Seattle to call up AHL players such as Kole Lind and





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