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Ducks rally to beat Kraken 5-4 in OT

Seattle’s Beniers had goal, assist for first multi-point game

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press
Published: October 12, 2022, 10:40pm
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Seattle Kraken center Ryan Donato (9) and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Jamie Drysdale (6) trip while vying for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022.
Seattle Kraken center Ryan Donato (9) and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Jamie Drysdale (6) trip while vying for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) Photo Gallery

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Troy Terry scored his second goal 55 seconds into overtime and the Anaheim Ducks overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Seattle Kraken 5-4 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.

John Gibson made 44 saves and assisted on Terry’s winner.

Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists in his Ducks debut, Trevor Zegras added a goal and an assist and Frank Vatrano also scored. Mason McTavish and John Klingberg each had two assists.

McTavish, the third pick in the 2021 draft, became the third player in NHL history to record multiple points in his first two season-opening games at 18 and 19 years old. He joined Bobby Carpenter and Ray Bourque.

The Ducks have won seven straight home openers, which trails only Tampa Bay (9-0-0 dating to Jan. 19, 2013) for the longest active run, and have points in each of their last 10 (9-0-1).

Matty Beniers had a goal and an assist for the Kraken, who lost their opener for the second straight year. Jared McCann, Andre Burakovsky and former Portland Winterhawk Oliver Bjorkstrand had power-play goals and Justin Schultz had a pair of assists.

Philipp Grubauer stopped 22 shots.

It is the first multi-point game for Beniers, the second overall pick in the 2021 draft. The center, who turns 20 on Nov. 5, joined the expansion Kraken late last season after two seasons at the University of Michigan. He has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 11 games.

Beniers delivered a cross-ice pass to Jared McCann on the power play to tie it at 1 midway through the first period. Beniers put a rebound into the back of the net to give Seattle a 4-2 lead 4:09 into the third period before the Ducks rallied.

Vatrano fired a wrist shot just outside the left faceoff circle that hit the inside of the crossbar and went in at 9:56. Less than four minutes later, Zegras evened it with a slap shot from inside the left circle.

Terry got the Ducks on the board 51 seconds into the game on a wrist shot in front of the net after getting the pass from McTavish. Terry’s tally was the second-fastest goal in a Ducks’ season opener, behind Max Comtois, which happened 49 seconds into the first game of the 2018-19 season at San Jose.

Seattle built a 3-1 lead midway through the second period with all of their goals coming on the power play. After McCann evened it in the first period, the Kraken added second-period scores by Burakovsky and Bjorkstrand with the man advantage.

Strome, who spent the past four seasons with the New York Rangers, brought the Ducks within 4-2 with 1:36 remaining in the second with a power-play goal.

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Kraken remain in Southern California to face the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night. It is the first of eight total back-to-back sets for Seattle this season.

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