Kraken win Game 7, knock out defending NHL champion Avalanche

There will be a new Stanley Cup champion in 2023. 

The Seattle Kraken defeated the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in Game 7 of their first-round series, knocking out the defending champs and securing the second-year franchise’s first playoff series victory in the process. 

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice in a four-minute span in the second period to give the Kraken a 2-0 lead, and Seattle held on from there. Mikko Rantanen scored a power-play goal late in the second to cut the deficit in half but Colorado could get no closer. (Nathan MacKinnon scored in the third period to make it 2-2 but the play was ruled offside after review.)

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