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5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET23:30 BRT, January 12, 2022
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 17,825

Angry Stars hope to put late loss behind them, take on Kraken

Seattle Kraken at Dallas Stars

  1. This will be the first game between the Kraken and the Stars. Seattle has an 8-14-2 record when playing a team for the first time (2-6-2 in subsequent meetings). The last time the Stars faced a team for the first time was when they hosted the Golden Knights in their NHL debut (Oct. 6, 2017). Vegas won that game, 2-1.
  2. Seattle scored only three power-play goals in its first 12 games (in 38 PPOs, 7.9%), but the Kraken have scored 14 power-play goals in their 22 games since then (in 51 PPOs, 27.5%).
  3. Jared McCann leads the Kraken with 14 goals, despite averaging only 15:36 of ice time per game, eighth-highest among Seattle forwards. McCann's 14 goals (in 29 games) match his total for each of the past two seasons with Pittsburgh (14 in 66 games in 2019-20, 14 in 43 games in 2020-21).
  4. The Stars' 2-1 loss to the Blues on Sunday was the first time an NHL team lost in regulation time after leading in the final minute of the third period since March 7, 2019, when Florida lost 4-3 at Boston. It was the first such loss in Stars team history (Minnesota and Dallas).
  5. The Stars won only one of their first four home games this season (1-2-1) but they're 12-1-0 in Dallas since then. This is the Stars' best 13-game stretch on home ice since 2006 (12-1-0 from January 23 through March 29).
  6. Jason Robertson's current seven-game point streak (4-6-10) ties the season high for a Stars player, done twice before: by Robertson (Nov. 23-Dec. 8) and Joe Pavelski (Oct. 29-Nov. 16).

Rick Bowness couldn't hide his frustration. Because of that, the NHL Foundation has received a healthy $25,000 donation from the Dallas Stars' coach.

Bowness was fined by the league for twice slamming a stick against the boards behind the bench seconds after Sunday's 2-1 loss at St. Louis, which snapped the Stars' four-game winning streak.

They'll try to start another streak when they play host to the expansion Seattle Kraken on Wednesday night, the first meeting between the teams.

Bowness had reason to be upset, as the Blues became just the 11th team in NHL history to score twice in the final minute to win in regulation.

"We played a heck of a hockey game, we deserved better," Bowness said. "Fatigue caught up with us a little bit."

The Stars played three games in four days following a 17-day break because of COVID-19 concerns. Saturday, they defeated Pittsburgh 3-2 to snap the Penguins' 10-game winning streak.

They led 1-0 at St. Louis on Jason Robertson's second-period goal when Jani Hakanpaa was whistled for hooking with 1:52 left in regulation.

With the Stars still up, Dallas defenseman Miro Heiskanen felt he got tripped by Pavel Buchnevich in the final minute. When he didn't get a call, he retaliated by slashing another St. Louis player. The Blues' Ryan O'Reilly tied it during the delayed penalty call with 47 seconds left and Jordan Kyrou got the winner 18 seconds later on the next power play when his centering pass to Robert Thomas caromed off Hakanpaa's right leg.

"I think that was a really bad call by them," Heiskanen said. "I got tripped in the corner and they called me (for) a slash. Yeah, it might be a slash, but I think that was a pretty clear trip in the corner. I don't know. It's frustrating. ... I think we played really well, and they do that at the end, so it sucks."

Bowness originally refused to talk about the sequence after the game, but finally relented.

"They clearly pulled Miro down, clearly grab his stick and pull him down," Bowness said. "That's my opinion. They got lucky. Broken stick on a penalty kill, second goal goes in off our feet. That's the breaks of the game."

The Kraken have lost six in a row (0-5-1) after blowing a two-goal lead in a 4-3 defeat Monday at Colorado.

Seattle was playing for the first time since Jan. 1 and had seven games postponed since Dec. 18, but took a 3-1 lead in the second period on goals by Marcus Johansson, Jared McCann and Colin Blackwell.

"We played a pretty darn good hockey game but at the end of the day you have to address what the result is," Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said. "We didn't come here to play a good hockey game, we came to win a hockey game."

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 31 saves in his return to Colorado, where he played the previous three seasons. Grubauer was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season when he went 30-9-1 with a 1.95 goals-against average and seven shutouts, which tied the league high.

Grubauer, who signed with Seattle as a free agent in the offseason, got a warm welcome from Avalanche fans with chants of "Gruuuu."

"I wasn't sure if those were boos or Gruuuus," Grubauer joked.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 11, 2022

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