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'Messed up': Kraken, Kings react to 17-goal game

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The Seattle Kraken and Los Angeles Kings combined for the highest-scoring NHL game this season on Tuesday night, and that was before the puck even dropped for the third period.

Seattle was victorious 9-8 in overtime thanks to Andre Burakovsky's game-winner. The contest was unique for all involved, but one they hope to put in the rearview mirror.

"It was kind of a messed up night," Burakovsky told reporters postgame. "Trading chances, a lot of sloppy plays. I think we played a really bad game, and so did they. We were lucky that they didn't play good at all."

Three Kraken players had two goals apiece, while Jordan Eberle and Kevin Fiala led the way with four assists each.

"It's a very, very confusing night for all of us," Kings head coach Todd McLellan said. "I'm really disappointed that we gave up nine goals, absolutely. But on the other side of the coin, I'm glad we fought back, got a point, and scored eight.

"So it's mass confusion right now for all of us, and we better frickin' figure it out quickly."

Kraken forward Jared McCann gave his thoughts on the potential cause of the chaos.

"The ice wasn't particularly great," McCann said. "The puck was bouncing everywhere, guys were falling everywhere. Just one of those games."

He added, "I haven't been in a game like this since junior hockey. Other than San Jose, I guess," referring to the Kraken's 8-5 victory over the Sharks on Nov. 23.

"It was a crazy game," Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol said. "It wasn't a well-played hockey game in a lot of respects when you look at the types of chances and the goals against, things like that. At the end of the day, it was one of those games where the last shot wins, and that's exactly what happened."

Hakstol added, "We probably won't look at a whole lot of this, I'll be honest. We'll get back to who we are two nights from now."

The Kraken face the Washington Capitals next, while Los Angeles looks to get back in the win column against the Arizona Coyotes. Both teams are in action Thursday night.

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