The fairytale hockey jump continues in the NHL: Seattle KOs are the defending champions

Hockey player Daniel Sprong did a big trick in the first round of the playoffs in the NHL, the world’s most important professional league.

In the decisive seventh game in Denver, the Sprongs Seattle Kraken beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 to advance to the second round. Dallas Stars rival.

Sprong is the first Dutchman to go this far in the NHL playoffs.


The success is even more notable, considering the Seattle Kraken has only been around for two years. The Northwest club finished their inaugural season last in the NHL.

The contrast with the Colorado Avalanche couldn’t be greater. A year ago, the Denver club clinched the Stanley Cup by beating Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 in the Finals series.

Colorado has also come to the fore in the Western Conference this season.

But in the playoffs, the Seattle Kraken beat them. Daniel Sprong, who had to fight for the extension of his contract shortly before the season, also contributed to this.

Especially in the fourth match, the Amsterdammer was very valuable. An assist and a goal kept the team 2-2, then Jordan Eberle gave Seattle a win in overtime.

Tonight, Sprong’s contribution was more modest. The heroic role fell to German goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer, who saved 33 of the 34 shots that hit the goal.

Swede’s Oliver Bjorkstrand took care of the rest: Bjorkstrand, who had not yet stepped forward in the playoffs, scored both goals for Kraken and took his team to the second round.

The curtain was lifted in the first round for the Boston Bruins, who tightened the NHL points record during the regular season and started the playoffs as the best team.

Eric and Marc Staal, second cousin to Drenthe resistance hero Johannes Post, the Florida Panthers made the decision in the decisive seven games in Boston: the Panthers won 4:3 after overtime.

Jordan Staal, the third brother of the Canadian hockey family, also qualified for the second round of the playoffs. Defeated the New York Islanders in six games with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Source: NOS