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Best scenes, moments and plays from long-awaited Seattle Kraken home opener

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Dunn puts it top corner as Kraken take the lead (0:44)

Vince Dunn gives the Kraken the lead as he slots home a goal just before the first intermission. (0:44)

At long last, the Seattle Kraken were released onto their home ice.

After five road games to start the 2021-2022 NHL season, the league's newest franchise played in the friendly confines of Seattle's Climate Pledge Arena on Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks.

Seattle's fans have waited a long time for the team's home opener. In December 2018, the NHL approved the expansion team, and in July 2020, the instantly legendary Kraken name and logo were revealed.

"Release the Kraken" was an early rallying cry for employees of the club before Kraken became the team's name.

The NHL's newest potential rivalry got off to a hot start on Saturday night in Seattle. Although the final result was a 4-2 loss to the Canucks, the atmosphere was electric and the fans were fired up.

Here are some of the best scenes, moments and plays from the Kraken home opener:

Seattle's fans and teams showed support

From Russell Wilson to Sue Bird, Seattle's finest showed up to support the home team.


Scenes from pregame skate


Getting the job 'Dunn' in period No.1

Vince Dunn etched his name in the history books -- and the hearts of Kraken fans-- with Seattle's first goal at Climate Pledge Arena to end the opening period.


Starting off the final frame with a bang

The visiting team managed to tie things up in the second period, but Kraken captain Mark Giordano's 48-foot shot allowed Seattle to regain the lead in the final period.


A budding rivalry

The Kraken are already looking to even the score against their new foe.