Carson Soucy became the first Kraken defender in club history to score in four games.
Each of the previous three games was decided by a single goal.
In 2015, the Flyers hired Hakstol fresh from his job at North Dakota University, and he was fired in December 2018 after a 134-104-42 record that ranked third in franchise history behind Fred Shero and Mike Keenan in terms of games coached, but he failed to lead the Flyers to a postseason series victory.
In his return to Seattle, he couldn’t win either.
The Flyers scored three times in the opening period and treated the Kraken like any other expansion team, not like the Vegas Golden Knights, who were an immediate contender.
Giroux scored his second goal of the season on a one-timer after a give-and-go, and Konecny buried one from the slot. Brassard’s first goal as a Flyer came off an own-goal, and Seattle’s deficit quickly became the only thing growing.
Ellis scored his first goal as a Flyer on a blast that even Shawn Kemp couldn’t stop, making it 4-0 in the second. With 11:11 remaining in the second period, Braun made it 5-0 and chased Kraken goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer.
In Philly, Hakstol was never more welcome.
“We’ve got a lot of wonderful memories and good friends here, and obviously when you get to this time of day, it sort of switches straight to the competitiveness of the game tonight,” Hakstol said before to the game.
Hakstol began his career as an assistant in Toronto and is now charged with attempting to make a difference in Seattle. To many outside the front office, the 53-year-old Hakstol’s selection as Seattle’s first coach was a surprise.
Hakstol has long said that he wants to coach again, and the Kraken are banking on him to repeat his success in Philadelphia.
In the aftermath of the Massachusetts state medical examiner’s finding that his brother, former NHL player Jimmy Hayes, died in August from an accidental overdose of fentanyl and cocaine, Flyers centre Kevin Hayes refused to comment.
Kevin Hayes, who is recovering from abdominal surgery, continues to skate with the team and participate in activities until he is able to return.
Coach Alain Vigneault stated, “Kevin has been in everything.” “He’s been working, doing his rehab, and going to the gym.”
He’s attended to every one of our meetings. He’s been a vital member of this group. He wanted to remain nearby, and he wanted to assist the newcomers.”
Kristen Hayes, Jimmy Hayes’ widow, expressed her astonishment and heartbreak on Instagram, writing that she was “shocked and saddened beyond words.” I’d want to remember my husband and the boys’ father for the immense love and pleasure he gave us and so many others.” “This struggle does not define him,” she added of his drug usage.