Looking for something to believe in, the Seattle Kraken had 20 minutes to figure it out.
It turns out, it was more than enough time to snap back-to-back losses in regulation. Down 4-1, the Kraken staged a third period rally with three unanswered goals from Jaden Schwartz, Morgan Geekie and Vince Dunn. It took 55 seconds however for Jake Bean to bury the winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets sent the Kraken to a 5-4 overtime defeat before 17,151 fans at Climate Pledge Arena on Saturday.
By rule, the Kraken came away without a win but in hockey standings terms, earned a sliver of consolation: as standings are measured by points, not wins, the rally to force overtime was enough to earn a "one point" effort while Columbus earned two for their victory.
Jared McCann also earned his 11th goal of the season for the Kraken, who outshot Columbus 32-29.
The Blue Jackets, who had just one win in their previous seven games, started a five-game road trip with a 28-save effort from Elvis Merzlikins, supported by a pair of goals and three-point night from Max Domi, and additional goal scoring support from Oliver Bjorkstrand and Jack Roslovic.
The Kraken finished the four-game homestand at 1-2-1, and next take on the host San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, 7:30pm (Kraken Audio Network) before finishing the brief trip on Wednesday at Anaheim.