The Seattle Kraken kept surging and the Vegas Golden Knights continued a mini-slide when the Kraken defeated the Stanley Cup defending champions 3-0 in the 2024 Winter Classic on Monday afternoon.
Goalie Joey Daccord made 35 saves to become the first NHL goalie to record a shutout at the Winter Classic. The Kraken improved to 7-0-2 in their last nine games, the longest point streak in the franchise’s three-year history. The Golden Knights, meanwhile, fell to 2-6 in their last eight games.
Vegas had been 8-1 against Seattle before Monday’s game.
Eeli Tolvanen, Will Borgen and Yanni Gourde scored for Seattle before 47,313 fans at T-Mobile Park, home of the Seattle Mariners.
Here are the winners and losers from the Winter Classic:
Seattle Kraken surge continues
With the victory, their fifth in a row, the Kraken are now one point out of a Western Conference playoff spot. Before the turnaround, they had been on an eight-game winless streak and looked like last season’s playoff appearance might have been a fluke. Another playoff appearance seems more likely now.
Kraken goaltender Joey Daccord
He entered the season as the backup goalie but has shined (6-1-3) since Philipp Grubauer went out early last month with an injury. Daccord has two shutouts this season, and his 23 appearances top the 19 he had through his first four NHL seasons.
“The setup was awesome and so cool,” he told reporters. “I honestly felt like I was out at my buddy’s backyard rink.”
Kraken defenseman Will Borgen
He scored his first goal of the season in a big setting, firing in a long rebound of a shot by Seattle’s Tye Kartye. He had plenty of time to walk into it and score his first goal since April 24 in the playoffs. His last regular season goal was on April 3.
Vegas Golden Knights’ slide continues
The defending Stanley Cup champions got off to a great start this season and had the league’s best record up until recently. Their slide, however, has allowed the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche to pass them in the league standings.
“It’s really disappointing for our group,” Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault told reporters. “We know we’re a good team but we’re not playing our best hockey.
Vegas’ Jack Eichel robbed by Daccord
Eichel was dangerous during the game and had five shots, but Daccord robbed him in the first and third periods.
Where is the 2025 Winter Classic?
This Winter Classic matchup was announced during the 2023 Winter Classic. No such luck this time. The site and opponents for next year’s game remains a mystery.