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CALGARY — Jaden Schwartz scored twice on Wednesday, but his assist is what stood out as the highlight as it helped setup Mark Giordano's goal in his triumphant return to Calgary.
Jordan Eberle added the shootout winner as the Seattle Kraken won 4-3 over the Calgary Flames in Giordano's return to the Saddledome.
Seattle selected he 37-year-old defenceman and former Flames captain in July's expansion draft.
"Just super happy for him,” Schwartz, a former St. Louis Blues forward, said of Giordano. “You could tell he was enjoying that moment and the crowd gave a big salute. He spent so many years here and did a lot for the city and team. You can tell how well he's respected."
Time to Get Kraken: Seattle Opens First NHL Training Camp
The Kraken hit the ice for the first time as a team with the start of training camp Thursday. It was the first step toward Seattle’s debut on Oct. 12 at Vegas and came exactly a month before the Kraken open their home arena against Vancouver. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated Seattle Kraken By Tim Booth SEATTLE (AP) — It didn’t take long for Mark Giordano to get years of seeing red out of his system. The former longtime Calgary Flames defenseman didn’t even flinch Thursday while pulling on the jersey of a different team for the first time in his career.
Giordano opened the scoring three minutes into the game when he jumped up into the rush, took the puck to the net and slipped a backhand through Dan Vladar's pads.
"Everyone in the building was pretty pumped up. Even their fans were cheering a little bit,” Schwartz added. “Super happy for him. I know it was probably a little weird feeling for him coming back and playing but he did a great job and gave us a lot of momentum early."
Giordano's return was acknowledged during the first television timeout of the first period via a short video tribute. Afterwards, Giordano hopped over the boards and waved his stick to the applauding fans, while Flames and Kraken players banged their sticks on the ice.
“I've been in this division now for seven years and for the first four years, I played against (Giordano) a lot. Felt like old times going up against him,” said Flames left-winger Milan Lucic. "It was nice to see him in between the anthems and during the anthems, the fans giving him the 'Gio' chants, and the quick little Jumbotron presentation, but I think it'll go up a notch on Dec. 23 when he has his real comeback to Calgary. “
Kraken released: Seattle opens preseason topping Vancouver
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The concourses of the Spokane Arena were jammed. The merchandise lines snaked through the crowds, causing bottlenecks as fans filed in for their first glimpse of the Seattle Kraken. There seems to be little doubt about the popularity and reach of the NHL’s newest franchise, even when playing 300 miles away from home. Seattle made its debut on Sunday night with a 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks in the preseason opener for both teams. With Seattle’s home arena putting the finishes touches on its construction, the Kraken have taken their first preseason on the road to three junior hockey venues in the state.
That is the night of the Kraken's first regular-season visit to Calgary.
Matthew Tkachuk, Michael Stone, and Mikael Backlund all scored Wednesday but the winless Flames fell to 0-2-1 in pre-season play.
The Kraken improve to 2-1-0.
“In terms of chemistry, it's a work in progress, it's one step at a time and there's no fast forward button for that,” said Kraken coach Dave Hakstol. “But we're making progress and as you go through different battles together even though it's pre-season, those are important.”
Vladar made 18 saves in his first full game and third appearance for the Flames. He is expected to be Jacob Markstrom's backup this season.
Philipp Grubauer got the first two periods for the Kraken, stopping 9-of-11 shots. Joey Daccord played the third and overtime, stopping 10-of-11. He also stopped three of four shootout attempts.
Tied 2-2 in the third, Stone's turnover below the goal line proved costly as Eberle immediately set up Schwartz alone in front and he one-timed a shot behind Vladar at 12:37.
Kraken look to write own story during inaugural campaign
SEATTLE (AP) — The question will hang over the Seattle Kraken throughout their inaugural season, even if it’s probably unfair. Can they come close to matching what Vegas did in its first season in 2017-18? It seems preposterous to think Seattle is going to find the same combination of talent, skill, luck and a little magic to make the kind of run the Golden Knights did four years ago, getting to the Stanley Cup Final in their first year. “Yeah, everyone wants to get there. So that’s obviously everyone’s goal at the start of the season,” Seattle defenseman Mark Giordano said. “Obviously, they set a high, high bar.
Backlund got the Flames back to even at 17:33 when he collected a loose puck along the boards, moved in, and fired a shot inside the far post.
Calgary dressed its most-experienced lineup yet with all three members of the new No. 1 line of Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm, and Blake Coleman making their pre-season debut.
Coleman, who signed a six-year, US$29.4-million deal as a free agent, got a dangerous chance on the opening shift of the game when he got behind the Kraken defence, took a pass from Tkachuk, and lifted a backhand over the net.
Johnny Gaudreau also made his season debut on a line with Backlund and Andrew Mangiapane. Sean Monahan has been centring that line at practice, but coming back from hip surgery, coach Darryl Sutter has said Monahan won't get into games until towards the end of the pre-season.
Notes: Giordano ranks second all-time in games played for the Flames (949), behind only Jarome Iginla (1,219). … The Flames and Kraken meet again on Saturday night in Kent, Washington. .
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2021.
Darren Haynes, The Canadian Press
Kraken vs. Golden Knights: Live score, updates, highlights from Seattle's inaugural NHL game .
Sporting News has all the action as the puck drops on the 2021-22 NHL season and the Kraken officially become the NHL's 32nd team.The NHL's newest team hits the ice for the first time in its history on Tuesday night, as the Kraken head to Sin City to take on the Golden Knights. It's a battle of the league's two newest franchises, and Vegas left some big shoes to fill. During its inaugural season in 2017-18, the club won the Pacific Division and went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.