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Terry scores 2nd goal in OT, Ducks rally to beat Kraken 5-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. — – Troy Terry scored his second goal 55 seconds after overtime and the Anaheim Ducks closed a two-goal deficit to beat the Seattle Kraken 5-4 in Wednesday night’s season opener for both teams.

John Gibson made 44 saves and assisted Terry’s winner.

Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists on his Ducks debut, Trevor Zegras added a goal and an assist, and Frank Vatrano also scored. Mason McTavish and John Klingberg each had two assists.

McTavish, the third pick in the 2021 draft, became the third player in NHL history to score multiple points in his first two season-opening games at ages 18 and 19. He joined Bobby Carpenter and Ray Bourque.

The Ducks have won seven straight home games, trailing only Tampa Bay (9-0-0 as of January 19, 2013) for longest active run, and have points in each of their last 10 (9-0-1). .

Matty Beniers had a goal and an assist for the Kraken, who lost their opener for the second straight game. Jared McCann, Andre Burakovsky and Oliver Bjorkstrand had power play goals and Justin Schultz had two assists.

Philipp Grubauer stopped 22 shots.

It’s Beniers’ first multi-point game, the second pick in the 2021 draft. The center, who turns 20 on Nov. 5, joined the Kraken expansion late last season after two seasons at the University of Michigan. He has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 11 games.

Beniers delivered a cross ice pass to Jared McCann on the power play to level it to 1 midway through the first period. Beniers put a rebound into the back net to put Seattle 4-2 up 4-09 in the third half before the Ducks recovered.

Vatrano fired a wrist shot just outside the left faceoff circle that hit the inside of the crossbar and came in at 9:56. Less than four minutes later, Zegras equalized with a slap shot from the left circle.

Terry put the Ducks in front of the net with a wrist shot 51 seconds into the game after receiving the pass from McTavish. Terry’s tally was the second-fastest goal in a Ducks season opener, behind Max Comtois, who came 49 seconds into the opening game of the 2018-19 season in San Jose.

Seattle extended a 3-1 lead midway through the second period, with all goals coming on the power play. After McCann equalized in the first half, the Kraken added goals from Burakovsky and Bjorkstrand with man advantage in the second half.

Strome, who spent the last four seasons with the New York Rangers, put the Ducks up 4-2 with a power play goal, staying 1:36 in the second.

NEXT

Kraken: Stay in Southern California to take on the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night. It’s the first of eight straight sets for Seattle this season.

Ducks: Begin a five-game journey against the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

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