NHL Recaps: Kraken reveal Buoy and stay unbeaten, Alex DeBrincat OT hero, plus more

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Oct 1, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Kraken mascot Buoy celebrates on the ice following a 4-0 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Recaps:  October 1, 2022

Preseason action on Saturday saw 9 games played and 3 shutouts posted. One of them was completed by the Seattle Kraken (4-0) as they remain unbeaten along with the Carolina Hurricanes (3-0) in exhibition contests.

The Kraken also revealed their new mascot Buoy, who is based on the Fremont Troll sculpture in Seattle.

“He lives under the arena,” said Katie Townsend, Kraken chief marketing officer. “His favorite meal is a piece of shark with a sprig of maple leaf, and he is very much a music guy, and so I think we’ll see lots of dancing, beatbox and grunge inspired by the music scene in Seattle.”

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Let’s dive into the action.

NHL Recaps: Kraken remain undefeated, welcome Buoy

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Oct 1, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) and defenseman Adam Larsson (6) bump heads following a 4-0 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Kraken 4 vs Canucks 0

Rookie Matty Beniers scored his second goal of the preseason and Yanni Gourde notched 2 goals and an assist to lead the Kraken over the Canucks. Philipp Grubauer stopped all 17 shots for the shutout. Canucks goalie, Thatcher Demko could only stop 22 of 25 in the losing effort.

Hurricanes 4 vs Panthers 3

The Panthers defense may have taken a night off in this one as the Hurricanes outshot them by a 47 to 10 margin. Oddly enough, Florida had a 3-2 lead at one point but two goals by Brent Burns overcame the deficit for the win. It was a light night for Frederik Andersen, who may have been bored and let in 3 goals, albeit 1 was on the power play.

Stars 5 vs Blues 2

Dallas handed St. Louis their first preseason loss with goals by Jacob Peterson, Mason Marchment, Ryan Shea, Wyatt Johnston, and Fredrik Olofsson. Will Butcher potted 3 assists and Jake Oettinger stopped 15 of 17 for the win. Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Blues, his second in exhibition play.

Blue Jackets 2 vs Capitals 1

Elvis Merzlikins stopped 34 of 35 Caps shots to pick up the victory for the Jackets. Yegor Chinakhov registered his third goal of the preseason and is looking like he’s inline for a breakout year. Washington backup Charlie Lindgren stopped 18 in the losing effort.

Bruins 4 vs Flyers 0

Marc McLaughlin and John Beecher each scored twice as Linus Ullmark turned aside all 21 shots the Flyers sent his way. Patrice Bergeron registered an assist in the Bruins victory.

NHL Recaps: Alex Debrincat wins it in OT

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Oct 1, 2022; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators right wing Alex DeBrincat (12) is named the first star of the game after scoring the winning goal in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Senators 5 vs Canadiens 4 (OT)

Ottawa’s big offseason trade acquisition Alex DeBrincat scored twice including the game-winner in OT on the power play. Claude Giroux, the Sens big free agent signing registered 3 helpers and Shane Pinto continues to impress with 2 goals and 1 assist. Jake Evans picked up 2 goals for the Habs in the loss.

Sabres 3 vs Penguins 1

Victor Olofsson, Tage Thompson, and Jack Quinn all scored of the Sabres to take down the Penguins. Thompson and Olofsson also added assists while Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was excellent in net making 32 saves. His counterpart for Pittsburgh, Tristan Jarry made 32 stops on 34 shots.

Red Wings 3 vs Blackhawks 0

Alex Nedeljkovic and Sebastian Cossa combined for the 21 save shutout over the Hawks. Jakub Vrana, Dylan Larkin, and Lucas Raymond, who added 2 assists, were the Wings goal scorers.

Oilers 3 vs Jets 2 (SO)

Devon Shore scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Oilers the victory. Tyler Benson and Jason Demers were Edmonton’s scorers in regulation. Stuart Skinner stopped 33 of 35, plus 3 in the shootout. Despite two goals by Cole Perfetti assisted twice by both Pierre-Luc Dubois and Ville Heinola, the Jets came up short. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots in the loss.