Kraken VS Bruins: Final NHL Reverse Retro Jersey Game

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The NHL Says Goodbye to Reverse Retro Jerseys:

The NHL’s teams have been known to do many different special event jerseys, but none are more popular than their reverse retro jerseys. Adidas first introduced the Reverse Retro sweaters in 2020, which was when the Seattle Kraken team was born. Bleacher Report explains the reverse retros as “a black version of the home jersey from back then, and it’s a simple color flip that rocks.” 

Kraken VS Bruins matchup:

In tonight’s matchup between the Seattle Kraken and the Boston Bruins, Seattle’s players will be dressed in their Reverse Retro jerseys, as the last team ever to wear them. Many people will watch this game since the Bruins have been a very popular team this season, as they’ve been leading the league in overall points for a while. The Kraken are the only team to have shut out the Bruins this season, and because of that, there will be hard fights from both teams tonight. Not only was it the Bruins’ first season shut-out loss, but it was also their first season loss at home. Boston wasn’t too happy about the last time they faced Seattle; their offense can be expected to be heated tonight. 

First-Period Excitement:

Seattle seems to be starting out strong tonight, as Beniers easily found the back of the net 40 seconds in the first, with help from Jared McCann and Vince Dunn. At 10:11 into the first, Seattle leads with goals and shots, as they had 6-4 attempts on goal. With 8:42 left in the first, the Bruins scored with a shot from David Krejci. At 6:03 remaining, Seattle gets the game’s first power play as Boston’s Brad Marchand goes to the box for interference. The Kraken broadcasters called out Bergeren for cheating on the faceoff, as his vast stance gave him an unfair advantage. However, nothing was noticed or pointed out by the on-ice officials, and the first period concluded with a tied game, with Kraken having 15 shots and the Bruins with nine.

First Period Breakdown:

Matty Beniers’ goal at the start of this game was heavy, as it was the 9th time the Kraken have scored in the first minute of a game this season. It was also Matty’s 19th personal goal, making him one short of being the first rookie to score 20 goals this season. He is leading the NHL’s rookies in points, as he has 41. Anaheim’s Mason McTavish is just behind him by ten points. The Bruins led the Kraken this first period in hits (9-1) and faceoffs (10-6). As the game went on, it got increasingly heated offensively and defensively. This period, a total of two goals were scored, meaning the defenses have been on point so far.

Second Period Heat:

Starting off the second period for the Kraken are McCann, Soucy, Beniers, Eberle, and Schultz. 1:57 in, Vince Dunn scores far out from the goal, assisted by Wennberg, right off the faceoff. Sixty-six seconds later, David Pastrnak answers with a goal, tying the game again (2-2). With 10:10 left in the period, Jaime Oleksiak contests Brad Marchand’s goal 62 seconds later (3-3). As Marchand got very close to getting a second goal of the evening, very close to Seattle’s goalie, Grubauer gloves the puck before it could be shot, making an incredible save for the German Gentleman. With 2:47 left in the middle period, Seattle gets the game’s first power play and scores. Yanni Gourde managed to get a goal off of what was meant to be a pass to Eberle, bouncing the puck into the goal, and the last two minutes of the period resulted in lots of heat from both teams, both in plays and words. Pastrnak and Gourde exchanged words shortly after the Kraken player lit the lamp with 20 seconds left in the period. Bjorkstrand and Greer start getting slightly aggressive before the start of a faceoff, preventing the puck from being dropped. Gourde ends up with Greer in the penalty box for two minutes each for unsportsmanlike conduct, soon joined by McAvoy for holding at the end of the period. 

Second Period Breakdown:

Shots on goal this period favored the Bruins (12-10), unlike the first. Six total goals were added to the score, three for each team. As we can see from Gourde, Greer, and Pastrnak, the players are getting very excited and amped up by the super tight score. Neither team has had a lead of more than one goal this game, and neither has had a lead in goals for longer than a minute and ten seconds. In terms of power play percentages, the Kraken are 1/4, and the Bruins are 0/1. In terms of power play percentages, the Kraken are 1/4, and the Bruins are 0/1. In terms of power play percentages, the Kraken are 1/4, and the Bruins are 0/1. 

Third Period, Finishing Strong:

Grubauer gets knocked hard by Coyle, resulting in some light roughing between him and Soucy. With 7:30 remaining in regulation, the game is still tied 4-4. Yanni Gourde gets rough with a Bruin player yet again after getting shouldered hard. A line brawl starts as Marchand and Bjorkstrand throw hands, putting them both in the box. In the video review of the aggression, it can be seen that Marchand used his right skate to take Bjorkstrand down. 4:10 left in the whole game, Jaden Schwartz makes it 5-4 with a tip-in, all because of Alex Wennberg’s amazing steal. Boston matches it not even a minute later, which seems to be a pattern of this night’s game. Boston hits the back of the net again at 18:63 in the period. The Kraken took out Grubauer for a sixth player. The Bruins just barely missed the open net, getting a call for icing. The game ended with the Bruins winning 6-5, with 33-41 shots on goal.

Final Period Breakdown:

This game proved to be very exciting and nerve-racking for both the players and the fans of both teams. While the Kraken lost a well-fought game, they avoided a shut-out, unlike their game on Monday. The Bruins out-scored the Kraken in the end; however, the Kraken out-shot the Bruins 41-33. Boston had a 60.3% win on the faceoffs, while Seattle had 39.7%. Both teams showed a lot of physical and verbal aggression toward one another, as the Kraken had six PIM and Boston had 12 PIM; Kraken had 17 hits, while the Bruins had 18. Both teams played equally throughout the whole game; however, the Bruins played harder and better in the last five minutes. The three stars ended up being Patrice Bergeron (BOS), Matty Beniers (SEA), and Yanni Gourde (SEA).

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Gabrielle Klempner

Hello! I'm Gabi and I mainly cover the ECHL's Savannah Ghost Pirates, but also the Vegas Golden Knights and the Seattle Kraken. For updates, articles, and more on these teams, follow me on Twitter @gabriellediane0

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