Yanni Gourde scored 12:17 into overtime and the Seattle Kraken beat Dallas 5-4 in Game 1 of their second-round series Tuesday night, even as Joe Pavelski scored the four-star goal in his return to their alignment.
Pavelski, at 38 years and 295 days, became the oldest player with a four-goal game in the NHL playoffs. He came in his 170th postseason game: he’s one of five players with that many without winning a Stanley Cup.
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The sophomore Kraken got goals from five different players after 15 different players scored in their seven-game series over defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado.
Pavelski scored twice in the first period, his first goal a 25-foot wrist shot just 2 1/2 minutes into the game to put the Stars ahead 1-0. He scored on his first shot, off a pass from Mason Marchment. Max Domi got secondary assist.
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Some 10 minutes later, after Seattle had tied, Pavelski scored again from roughly the same distance on a redirection of Thomas Harley’s shot. The Kraken then scored three goals in a span of 68 seconds to take a 4-2 lead.
But Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger stopped 33 straight shots before Gourde scored the game-winner.
Seattle has now won three straight road games in the playoffs. The Stars, just like in the first round against Minnesota, lost the series opener: they lost it 3-2 in double overtime before beating the Wild in six games.
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Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday night.