Joey Daccord gets chased for first time in his career as Wild drop Kraken

Kate Shefte, The Seattle Times on

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SEATTLE — Philipp Grubauer, who loves any excuse to design and order a new set of gear, didn’t get to wear his Winter Classic kit Jan. 1 as he recovered from an injury. The retro brown pads, with a stripe of blue and teal across the knees, saw game rubber for the first time Saturday but under less-than-ideal circumstances.

Joey Daccord was chased from a game for the first time in his 51 NHL starts was and relieved by Grubauer, who allowed the fifth goal in a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild at Climate Pledge Arena. Daccord allowed four goals on 13 shots.

The Wild are also jockeying for the second wild-card spot in the West and have the upper hand with 25 games left. The Kraken dropped five points behind the Nashville Predators, who occupy the spot.

The Kraken scored 36 seconds into the game and that was all they managed until Jordan Eberle made it 5-2 with less than 14 minutes left in the game.

Daccord brought back the look he rocked for the Winter Classic, when he shut out the Vegas Golden Knights and endeared himself to hockey fans worldwide. It quickly became clear that another clean sheet wasn’t in the cards. Five minutes in on Saturday, he allowed a soft goal to Marcus Johansson, a familiar name at Climate Pledge Arena — Johansson played for Seattle during the inaugural season in 2021-22.

Daccord got some, but not all of Johansson’s shot that tied the game at 1. The Kraken trailed 2-1 at the period break thanks to Kirill Kaprizov’s 5-on-3 goal.

Seattle’s leader in goals and points, Jared McCann played less than half of the first period. He still managed to push his point streak to a career-high seven games (five goals, six assists) with the primary helper on defenseman Vince Dunn’s goal 36 seconds into the game.


Just as McCann turned his head up to look up the ice, Minnesota’s Vinni Lettieri caught him on the side of the face in a collision so hard, something — probably blood — had to be shoveled off the ice. McCann got up slowly and skated off on his own, but left the bench for about 10 minutes. He returned just in time to see the Wild go ahead 2-1 during a minute and a half of 5-on-3 play.

Dunn blasted in a shot from just inside the blue line to give the Kraken a 1-0 lead and the CPA crowd some false hope. Dunn nearly had another with two minutes left in the second period, but sent it off the right goal post. On the same shift, he took a slashing penalty.

Eberle scored his third in two games off a lucky bounce. With one elbow grazing the glass, Eberle centered the puck from deep behind the net. It went off Minnesota defenseman Dakota Mermis and in.

It was hard to tell the Kraken had been battered that night during a quick and confident third-period power play, but the puck stayed out. Adam Larsson’s double-minor penalty for high-sticking with 7:16 left put Seattle on the defensive for most of the remainder.

Kraken defenseman Will Borgen dropped the gloves with Minnesota forward Brandon Duhaime with 23 seconds left.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for Minnesota. Grubauer finished with 17.

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