Seattle Kraken Puts Colorado Avalanche On The Brink Of Elimination

ParallelDesk 12:28:13 PM, 27 April 2023

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In a stunning upset, the Seattle Kraken defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday night at the AVS' home arena in Game 5 of their playoff series. Kraken's victory puts them one win away from advancing to the second round of the playoffs, while the reigning champions now face elimination in the first round. Playing in their first-ever playoffs, the Kraken has been a revelation so far, completely catching the Avalanche by surprise. In the absence of star defenseman Cale Makar, who was suspended for Game 5 following his hit on Kraken's forward Jared McCann in their previous outing, the AVS seemed a bit sloppy and lacked depth in their blue line. Kraken looked sharper and more controlled early in the first period and had 15 shots on goal. However, the first period saw no goals from either team. In the second period, Morgan Geekie opened the scoring sheet for the Kraken after putting the puck back into the net via a wrist shot at the 6:35 mark. Nathan MacKinnon brought the AVS right back into the game, tying the scoreline 1-1 at the 7:55 mark. But just over two minutes later, Tye Kartye scored his debut goal with a one-time stunner to make it 2-1 for the Kraken before moving into the third period. Yanni Gourde further extended Kraken's lead to 3-1 with a tip-in shot, and despite a late goal from the Avalanche's Evan Rodrigues with less than four minutes remaining in the game, the team ultimately fell short, resulting in a 3-2 loss. Meanwhile, Avalanche fans were left completely disappointed by their team's performance on Wednesday. Having the home advantage in Game 5, the Colorado Avalanche couldn't capitalize on that advantage. Fans were in disbelief after the loss and shared their thoughts on Twitter, expressing frustration at the team's defense, goaltending, and coaching. However, the Avalanche still has a chance to come back in Game 6, scheduled to take place on Friday at the Climate Pledge Arena. With their backs against the wall, the reigning champions need to win to stay alive in the series. Will the Avalanche bounce back or will the Kraken make history by advancing to the second round in their first season? Only time will tell.

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