National Hockey League
Seattle 2, Carolina 1
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Where: Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, Washington
Referees: Corey Syvret, Ian Walsh
Linesmen: David Brisebois, Travis Gawryletz
Attendance: 17151

Marcus Johansson scored the tiebreaking goal at 16:52 of the third period and Philipp Grubauer made 35 saves as the Seattle Kraken defeated the visiting Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 Wednesday night.

Jared McCann also scored for Seattle, which won its second straight against an Eastern Conference power following a six-game losing streak. The Kraken snapped the skid with a 5-2 win over Washington on Sunday.

Brendan Smith scored the lone goal for Carolina, which lost its second in a row and dropped to 3-1-1 on its six-game trip that concludes Friday in Philadelphia. Goalie Frederik Andersen stopped 20 of 22 shots but the Hurricanes dropped out of a tie with Florida for the NHL's best record.

On the winning goal, Johansson picked up a loose puck in the left-wing corner, skated around the back of the net and twirled just shy of the right faceoff dot, putting a wrist shot through a defenseman's legs and beating Andersen just inside the near post.

The Hurricanes opened the scoring at 18:32 of the first period. A Seattle clearing attempt glanced off a skate along the side boards, but Carolina's Tony DeAngelo was able to keep the puck in the offensive zone at the right point, spun and made a backhanded pass across the blue line to Smith. His slap shot beat a screened Grubauer into the upper left corner of the net.

The Kraken tied it on McCann's power-play goal at 4:16 of the second. Yanni Gourde and Vince Dunn worked the puck around the top of the right faceoff circle before finding McCann open at the opposite point. He took a couple of strides before unleashing a slap shot that beat Andersen low inside the near post as Jaden Schwartz set up at the post to look for a tip or rebound.

The Hurricanes were without defenseman Ethan Bear, who during his junior career helped lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to the Western Hockey League championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup in 2017. Bear tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and is in quarantine.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Carolina   Seattle
Brendan Smith 1 Points Marcus Johansson 1
Brendan Smith 1 Goals Marcus Johansson 1
Tony DeAngelo 1 Assists Vince Dunn 1
N/A Power Play Goals Jared McCann 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Frederik Andersen .909 Save Percentage Philipp Grubauer .972
Frederik Andersen 20 Saves Philipp Grubauer 35
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 36 1 0-2 3-4 13 37
Seattle 22 2 1-4 2-2 9 24
Upcoming Games
  • Seattle will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Kraken have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .308 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .786 after a win and .750 after a loss.