Penguins lose to Kraken for Seventh Straight Loss

The Seattle Kraken defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 last night, giving the Penguins their seventh straight loss. 

The scoring wasn’t started until the second period, where Penguins captain Sidney Crosby would put the Pens up 1-0 at 5:24, off a one-timer set up by Jake Guentzel. At 7:48, defenseman Vince Dunn would tie it up at 1 with a slap shot through traffic. 

At 7:48 of the third period, Kraken forward Yanni Gourde would give Seattle a 2-1 lead off a wrist shot. At 9:51, forward Jake Guentzel would tie up the game at 2 when a pass got deflected off Kraken forward Matty Beniers and into the net. Then with 3:39 left in the game, Kraken forward Brandon Tanev would score to give Seattle the 3-2 lead and the eventual win. 

Tanev, the former Penguin, potted home a wrist shot off a feed from Yanni Gourde. 

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Gourde had a goal and two assists, forward Morgan Geekie had two assists, and goalie Martin Jones had 36 saves for the Kraken. The Kraken are now 7-4-2 and has won four-straight games for the first time in their history. 

Sidney Crosby got a goal and assist for Pittsburgh, including his 900th career assist. Jake Guentzel also had a goal and assist, and Tristian Jarry made 25 saves for the Penguins. The Penguins are now 4-6-2 and haven’t lost seven in a row since 2006. 

The Penguins have either had a lead or tied in the third period in each of their past three games. They blew a 5-3 lead against the Bruins to lose 6-5 in OT on Tuesday and were up 3-1 in the third period against the Sabres on Wednesday, in which they lost 6-3. 

Crosby played in his 1,120th career game last night, which is the sixth-fewest amount of games needed to each 900 career assists in NHL history. He is behind Wayne Gretzky (584), Mario Lemieux (771), Paul Coffey (991), Adam Oates (1,056), and Ron Francis (1,108). Pens forward Jeff Carter missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury, and Kraken forward Jared McCann missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. 

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