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Yanni Gourde debuts but Seattle Kraken fall to Devils 4-2 to end road trip

Oct 19, 2021, 7:31 PM | Updated: 8:00 pm
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Dawson Mercer #18 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his first NHL goal at 5:02 of the first period against the Seattle Kraken at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: The New Jersey Devils celebrate the first NHL goal for Dawson Mercer #18 against Joey Daccord #35 of the Seattle Kraken at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Damon Severson #28 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his goal against the Seattle Kraken during the first period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Mason Geertsen #55 of the New Jersey Devils skates in his first NHL game against the Seattle Kraken at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Mason Geertsen #55 of the New Jersey Devils skates in his first NHL game against the Seattle Kraken at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Mason Geertsen #55 of the New Jersey Devils skates in his first NHL game against Adam Larsson #6 (L) and Jaden Schwartz #17 of the Seattle Kraken  at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: The New Jersey Devils and the Seattle Kraken battle in the crease during the first period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Joey Daccord #35 of the Seattle Kraken makes the first period save against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Jordan Eberle #7 of the Seattle Kraken is stopped by Jonathan Bernier #45 of the New Jersey Devils during the first period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Yanni Gourde #37 of the Seattle Kraken skates in his first game with the team against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Yanni Gourde #37 of the Seattle Kraken skates in his first game with the team against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Joonas Donskoi #72 of the Seattle Kraken is checked by Dougie Hamilton #7 of the New Jersey Devils during the first period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Michael McLeod #20 of the New Jersey Devils and Joey Daccord #35 of the Seattle Kraken brace for a shot during the first period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Jack Hughes #86 of the New Jersey Devils is injured during the first period against the Seattle Kraken at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Ryan Donato #9 of the Seattle Kraken attempts to center the puck during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Jack Hughes #86 of the New Jersey Devils is injured during the first period against the Seattle Kraken at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Brandon Tanev #13 of the Seattle Kraken has words with Mason Geertsen #55 of the New Jersey Devils during the first period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Brandon Tanev #13 of the Seattle Kraken has words with Mason Geertsen #55 of the New Jersey Devils during the first period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Jesper Bratt #63 of the New Jersey Devils is knocked down during the second period by Adam Larsson #6 of the Seattle Kraken at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Jeremy Lauzon #55 of the Seattle Kraken fights with Mason Geertsen #55 of the New Jersey Devils during the second period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: The Seattle Kraken watch a fight between Jeremy Lauzon #55 and Mason Geertsen #55 of the New Jersey Devils during the second period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Joey Daccord #35 of the Seattle Kraken makes the second period save against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Riley Sheahan #15 of the Seattle Kraken celebrates his second period goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Jonathan Bernier #45 of the New Jersey Devils makes the pad save as Jared McCann #16 of the Seattle Kraken looks for the rebound during the second period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Jamie Oleksiak #24 of the Seattle Kraken gets tangled with Andreas Johnsson #11 of the New Jersey Devils during the second period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Carson Soucy #28 of the Seattle Kraken checks Andreas Johnsson #11 of the New Jersey Devils during the second period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Yegor Sharangovich #17 of the New Jersey Devils is knocked down by Yanni Gourde #37 of the Seattle Kraken during the second period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Dawson Mercer #18 of the New Jersey Devils attempts to get around Yanni Gourde #37 of the Seattle Kraken during the second period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Ryan Graves #33 of the New Jersey Devils checks Jared McCann #16 of the Seattle Kraken during the second period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Joey Daccord #35 of the Seattle Kraken tends net against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Joey Daccord #35 of the Seattle Kraken makes the second period save on Dawson Mercer #18 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Nico Hischier #13 and Jonathan Bernier #45 of the New Jersey Devils celebrate their 4-2 victory over the Seattle Kraken at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Riley Sheahan #15 of the Seattle Kraken is tripped off the faceoff by Yegor Sharangovich #17 of the New Jersey Devils during the third period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Kraken 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Jared McCann #16 of the Seattle Kraken checks Jonas Siegenthaler #71 of the New Jersey Devils into the boards during the third period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Kraken 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: The Seattle Kraken return to the bench following giving up an empty net goal to the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Kraken 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Riley Sheahan #15 of the Seattle Kraken carries the puck away from Colton White #2 of the New Jersey Devils during the third period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Kraken 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: The Seattle Kraken celebrate a powerplay goal by Jared McCann #16 (2nd from left) against the New Jersey Devils at 14:41 of the third period at the Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Kraken 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rookie Dawson Mercer and Damon Severson scored first-period goals and Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 4-2 win over the expansion Seattle Kraken on Tuesday night.

New Jersey Devils 4, Seattle Kraken 2: Box score

The Devils won their second straight to start the season. Seattle slipped to 1-3-1 on its five-game road trip ahead of its much-anticipated home opener against Vancouver on Saturday night.

Jimmy Vesey added a goal and Pavel Zacha scored into an empty net with 20 second left to seal the win.

Riley Sheahan and Jared McCann scored for Seattle, which slipped to 1-3-1. Joey Daccord made 28 saves.

Mercer opened the scoring at 5:02 of the first, knocking the puck past Daccord, who was in net in place of expected starter Chris Driedger who was put on injured reserve after playing part of Monday’s 6-1 loss at Philadelphia. Tomas Tatar and Ryan Graves registered assists.

Severson made it 2-0 at 6:42 of the first with his first goal of the campaign, with assists going to Graves and Jack Hughes

Hughes was ridden hard into the boards by Seattle defenseman Jeremy Lauzon shortly after New Jersey’s second goal and didn’t return.

The Kraken cut the deficit to 2-1 on a goal by Sheahan midway through the second period. The former Penguins forward fired a rebound past Bernier at 10:05. Assists went to Adam Larsson and Vince Dunn.

Vesey restored the two-goal lead for the Devils at 14:48 of the second. Andreas Johnsson and Colton White assisted on Vesey’s first goal with New Jersey.

Seattle appeared to make it a 3-2 with just over three minutes left in the second. But an apparent goal by Alex Wennberg was ruled to be offsides after a challenge by the Devils.

The Kraken cut the deficit to a goal, scoring on a 5-on-3 at 14:48 when McCann converted for his third goal of the season. Mark Giordano and Yanni Gourde assisted.

The teams played a spirited first with the Devils dominating and outshooting and visitors 14-7. New Jersey had a power play in the closing seconds and Devils captain Nico Hischier tipped a shot past Daccord as time expired.

The contest also had a feisty tone throughout.

Seattle’s Brandon Tanev fought New Jersey’s Michael McLeod 2:27 into the game in front of the team benches.

New Jersey’s Mason Geertsen fought Lauzon at 1:55 of the second, and Ryan Donato of Seattle had a scrap with Jonas Siegenthaler of New Jersey late in the middle period.

Former Islander Jordan Eberle had a breakaway 15 minutes into the first but was denied by Bernier.

SEASON DEBUT

Seattle center Yanni Gourde, who won the Stanley Cup the past two years with the Tampa Bay Lightning, made his Kraken debut on a line with Jaden Schwartz and former Islander Jordan Eberle.

Gourde activated, Driedger to IR in flurry of Kraken roster moves

KRAKEN BREAKDOWN

Seattle has eight players selected in the first round of the NHL Draft, six in the second round, two in the third round, three in the fourth round and one in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.

SCRATCHES

The Kraken scratched defensemen Will Borgen and Haydn Fleury, and forward Alex Barre-Boulet. Former Rangers player Colin Blackwell has yet to play a game for the Kraken because of a lower-body injury. Forward Calle Jarnkrok, who was in COVID protocol to start the season, also has yet to play a game for Seattle. … The Devils scratched forwards Frederik Gauthier and Marian Studenic and defenseman Christian Jaros.

UP NEXT

New Jersey Devils: Host Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

Seattle Kraken: Host Vancouver Canucks on Saturday in their home opener to start a four-game homestand. The game, which will be the first at Climate Pledge Arena, will air live on ESPN+ at 7 p.m.

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