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Game # 35

 

Seattle 2 Stars 5

 

Pavelski has 5 points in Stars' 5-2 win over Kraken

 

By AP
Updated: 5 hours ago
 

DALLAS -- — While Joe Pavelski missed out on another hat trick, the 37-year-old center did something he had never done when the Dallas Stars finished their scoring with a 179-foot empty-net goal.

 

Pavelski's third assist of the game came on that final score with 1:42 left, which with his two goals gave him the first five-point game in his 13 NHL seasons as the Stars won 5-2 in their first meeting against the expansion Seattle Kraken on Wednesday night.

 

“It’s nice to finally get one, but the win was definitely important,” Pavelski said.

 

“Everyone knows how good a player he is,” said Roope Hintz, his linemate who had a goal and two assists. “He was around the net a lot. He deserved that.”

Jason Robertson, the other part of that line, extended his NHL-best home point streak to 11 games with a goal and an assist.

 

That line got going in the game's opening minute with Pavelski's pass to the left circle for Robertson's shot that went off the skate of Hintz, who got credited with his 14th goal.

 

Hintz got the primary assist on Robertson's power-play goal that put the Stars up 3-1 with 6:59 left in the first period. Robertson had a some nifty stick work for a short backhander past Philipp Grubauer.

 

Both of Pavelski’s goals, giving him 15 for the season, were from right by the net. It was his fourth two-goal game this season, all in the past 16 games.

 

Midway through the first period, Miro Heiskanen took a laser shot from near the blue line that went just left of the net, then ricocheted hard off the boards and was knocked in by Pavelski waiting for the puck.

 

“As it's going, your just reading the puck, hoping it came off the end wall like it did,” Pavelski said. “That’s a nice one to get to get you going.”

 

The Stars regained their two-goal lead late in the second period when, right after killing of a penalty, Esa Lindell passed to Pavelski just outside the crease.

 

“It’s his ability to sniff out the loose pucks, his ability to get in the open, and his anticipation of where the pucks is going,” coach Rick Bowness said. “Great poise around the net. Goal scorers know where to put the puck. .... He's just got natural offensive instincts that you can't teach.”

 

After Hintz and Pavelski assisted on Jani Hakanpaa's empty-netter, Pavelski got one more shot on goal but wasn't able to get his seventh career hat trick.

 

Jared McCann had his team-leading 15th goal and also assisted on Calle Jarnkrok’s power-play goal for the Kraken, who are 0-5-1 in their last six games.

Seattle was even at 1-1 with 11:35 left in the first period on Jarnkrok's fifth goal.

 

Pavelski scored the tiebreaker about 2 1/2 minutes later and the Stars led the rest of the way.

 

“Obviously we’ve talked a lot about ... taking the positives away from things, but kind of enough is enough here. Everybody’s getting pretty frustrated," McCann said.

 

“I have no issues with our effort and compete in the second and third periods. We didn't match them in the first,” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said. “They won the first period. They beat us in the first period.”

 

Dallas has won its last five home games, and 13 of 14 at the American Airlines Center.

 

Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger had 23 saves. Grubauer stopped 20 of 24 shots.

 

Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak was the player Seattle took from the Stars in the expansion draft.

 

A video of Oleksiak highlights with Dallas was shown during the game's first timeout, and he got a nice ovation when shown on the Seattle bench, and he applauded the fans from there. Oleksiak played 286 regular-season games over nine seasons for Dallas after being the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

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Game # 36

 

Seattle 1 Blues 2

 

Thomas, Buchenvich score, Blues come back to beat Kraken 2-1

 

By AP
Updated: 5 hours ago
 

ST. LOUIS -- — Robert Thomas and Pavel Buchnevich scored in the third period as the St. Louis Blues came back to beat the Seattle Kraken 2-1 on Thursday night.

 

Ville Husso made 31 saves and the Blues extended their home point streak to 13 games, dating to Nov. 18.

 

It is the third-longest stretch in franchise history.

 

“We knew that they play hard and there’s never easy games when you look at the standings and stuff,” Husso said. “We knew it’s going to be a hard game and everybody played a full 60 minutes. That was good for us.”

 

Alex Wennberg scored and Chris Driedger made 25 saves for the expansion Kraken, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.

 

“It’s obviously not the way we want it to be,” Wennberg said. “Obviously, we’re finding ways to lose the game. We have the lead right now and again it’s a third period where we give away some goals. I mean, we've got to find something here.

 

We've got to step up and take responsibility for what’s going on.”

 

Buchnevich’s power-play goal off a slick no-look pass from Ivan Barbashev at 5:30 of the third period gave St. Louis the lead.

 

It was the second consecutive third-period comeback for the Blues, who scored twice in the final minute to beat Dallas on Sunday. St. Louis has an NHL-best 13 comeback wins this season.

 

“Even when we’re down going into the third, we’re pretty confident,” Thomas said. “We started to push our game in the second. … Pretty special group in there that fights back, and then our special teams coming up with big goals.”

 

Thomas’ goal at 1:29 of the third tied it 1-all. Torey Krug extended his point streak to six games with an assist.

 

“It’s nice to get the lead, but then when things happen and you get bad bounces or whatever it is, you've got to just stay with it and keep pushing,” Blues coach Craig Berube said.

 

“I think our guys are good at that. I mean, it’s something we talk about a lot, because if you want to be a real good team, you've got to be able to come back in games.”

 

Wennberg’s fourth of the season gave the Kraken a 1-0 lead with five minutes left in the first period. It broke a 12-game scoring drought for Wennberg going back to Dec. 3.

 

“Just frustrated,” Driedger said. “You never really feel happy after losing a game. It’s a team effort and I don’t think anyone is satisfied without getting two points. So, we’re just in one of those stretches where we've got to figure out a way to win.”

 

PANDEMIC PLAY

 

The Blues are without five players due to COVID-19 protocols as F David Perron was added to the list Tuesday. He joined F Vladimir Tarasenko, F Brayden Schenn, D Colton Parayko and D Scott Perunovich.

 

“We were missing a lot of guys and all the guys who came in … it’s not easy to come in and play,” Husso said. “They played well.”

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Game # 37

 

Seattle 1 LA 3

 

Adrian Kempe, Phillip Danault lead Kings past Kraken 3-1

 

Phillip Danault zips in his second goal of the match to seal Kings' the victory over the Kraken.


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3 hours ago
 

SEATTLE -- — Adrian Kempe scored his 17th goal of the season early in the first period, Phillip Danault scored twice and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Seattle Kraken 3-1 Saturday night for their fourth straight win.

 

Los Angeles won for the sixth time in its past seven, jumping to a 2-0 lead while clamping down on defense.

 

“They caught us off guard a little bit. They played very hard and they played the right way,” Danault said. “They were a tough team to play today and I thought we battled well and then we scored some big goals.”

 

Seattle lost its ninth straight and has dropped 12 of 13. Marcus Johansson scored on a power play in the second period, but the Kraken were limited to 18 shots on goal against Cal Petersen.

 

Petersen won his fourth straight start and made a handful of key saves despite Seattle second-lowest shot total of the season.

 

Chris Dreidger made 19 stops but lost his second straight start. Dreidger started Thursday’s 2-1 loss in St. Louis.

 

“Something’s got to change here. I mean, it’s completely unacceptable to drop nine in a row,” Dreidger said. “I mean, there’s no other way to put it.”

 

Kempe grabbed the rebound of Alex Iafallo's shot 4:06 into the game, maneuvered around Dreidger and scored. He's reached a career high in goals 38 games into the season after scoring 16 goals in 81 games in 2017-18. The 25-year-old has four goals in the past six games.

 

“For us he’s a great example of being patient with development,” Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. “It would have been easy for us to turn our back on him at some point when it wasn’t going good and he on us as well, but stuck with it and over time he just got better and better.”

 

Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead when Danault chopped a rebound past Dreidger 4:10 into the second period. Mikey Anderson had the initial shot out of midair that Dreidger saved, but Danault was able to get his stick on the rebound.

 

Danault and added an empty-netter in the last minute. He’s got nine goals in 36 games after scoring five in 53 games last season with Montreal.

 

“You play well defensively as a team it brings the offense and then you find the blue paint,” Danault said. “A good grind but a couple good goals.”

 

Seattle answered on the power play after Matt Roy was called for a double minor for high sticking. Johansson was stopped on a breakaway earlier in the period, but he scored his fourth of the season and third on the power play to pull Seattle within 2-1.

 

Mark Giordano’s shot from the point was tipped by Calle Jarnkrok, and Johansson finished off the goal.

 

The Kraken briefly thought they had pulled even late in the second period when Ryan Donato’s shot appeared to beat Andersen, momentarily setting off the ferry horn siren. video review showed the shot clipped Andersen’s shoulder and the crossbar but stayed out.

 

“It’s hard losing hockey games when you’re in a stretch like this,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said. “But at the end of the day we got to look at it, we got to find a way to get a little bit more out of our group.”

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Game # 38

 

Seattle 3 Hawks 2

 

Kraken snap 9-game losing streak, beat Blackhawks 3-2 in SO

 

ByAP
Updated: 10 hours ago
 

SEATTLE -- — After a month of increasing frustration, it seemed fitting that Joonas Donskoi, who had yet to score all season, was the one to finally snap the Seattle Kraken's losing streak.

 

Ryan Donato scored the tying goal early in the third period, Donskoi scored the deciding goal in the shootout and the Kraken snapped their nine-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

 

Donato scored at 2:02 of the third period to pull Seattle even at 2. Donato scored in the second round of the shootout and Donskoi — stuck without a regulation goal this season in 38 games — scored the winner past Marc-Andre Fleury.

 

“Sometimes during that streak, it felt like no matter how hard we tried, we were not able to get wins and then the pressure starts to building," Donskoi said. "I think getting that win out of the way now, it's a little bit of a relief and I'm sure we're going to get some energy from this moving forward."

 

It was Seattle’s first win since Dec. 14 at San Jose, first home win since Dec. 3 against Edmonton and first time this season coming back to win when trailing entering the third period. The Kraken are 1-16-1 when trailing after two periods.

 

Seattle goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 25 saves. He was asked to make just six in the third period and overtime combined.

 

“We were really close in the last couple of games,” Grubauer said. “We didn’t get that bounce, where maybe today got that bounce.”

 

Fleury was the best player on the ice for most of the day and did everything possible to get Chicago into the shootout. Fleury made 35 saves and had 14 in the third period alone.

 

Fleury robbed Jared McCann with a terrific glove save on a power play opportunity early in the third. Fleury later stopped McCann on the first regulation penalty shot in Kraken history after McCann was tripped on a breakaway by Riley Stillman.

 

Alex Wennberg hit the post in the final seconds of overtime for Seattle.

 

“It’s unbelievable sometimes. Actually today I was just sitting on the bench watching the replay like, ‘What is he doing out there?’' Chicago's Dominic Kubalik said of Fleury. ”It's unbelievable. I'm not saying I'm expecting it's going in but somehow ... he was amazing. He gave us the point."

 

Both the goals Fleury allowed were partly the result of his defensemen. Vince Dunn’s goal in the second period deflected off Stillman. Donato’s equalizer early in the third period came when Fleury made the initial save but was taken out by Caleb Jones, allowing Donato to score on the rebound.

 

“I was thinking pass right away, but you only get so many chances in a game where you’re in the clear and you have tons of time and space to get a good shot off,” Donato said.

 

Kubalik scored his ninth of the season on a breakaway at 12:06 of the second period to give Chicago the lead. Donato lost the puck in Chicago’s zone, and Erik Gustafsson was able to find Kubalik open with a long stretch pass behind the Seattle defense.

 

Chicago capitalized on a power play later in the second. Patrick Kane’s slap-pass was tipped by Kubalik and Grubauer made the initial save. But the puck fell to Brandon Hagel in the scramble with an open net.

 

EXPANSION STREAKS

 

Seattle avoided becoming the fourth expansion team since 1991 with a losing streak of at least 10 games.

 

San Jose lost 13 straight during the 1991-92 season. Ottawa had losing streaks of 11 twice and 14 games during the 1992-93 season. And Atlanta had losing streaks of 10 and 12 games during the 1999-2000 season.

 

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Seattle claimed F Karson Kuhlman off waivers from Boston and placed F Morgan Geekie on injured reserve.

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Game # 39

 

Seattle 3 Sharks 2

 

Win streak: Kraken take 2nd straight by beating Sharks 3-2

 

ByAP
Updated: 3 hours ago
 

SEATTLE -- — Carson Soucy and the Seattle Kraken didn't let a sluggish, uninspired start linger beyond 20 minutes. Thanks to their turnaround, the Kraken have a win streak for the first time in nearly two months.'

 

Soucy had the first two-goal game of his career, Calle Jarnkrok scored in the third period and the Kraken beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night.

 

Seattle overcame a sloppy start, including giving up Tomas Hertl's 21st goal of the season just 38 seconds after puck drop on the first shift of the game.

 

The expansion Kraken won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 27 and 29 at Florida and Buffalo. Seattle snapped a nine-game losing streak with a shootout victory over Chicago on Monday.

 

“It’s hard to say when you come out slow after a win last game, but I think we just looked at ourselves and said that’s unacceptable as a team,” Soucy said.

Soucy scored at 4:18 of the second period and again at 8:25. Jarnkrok added what turned out to be the game-winner at 6:27 of the third.

 

Seattle has won both matchups against the Sharks in its inaugural season.

 

“I give our guys a lot of credit to be able to step up in the second and third period and find a way to get it done when we weren’t at our best,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said.

 

Timo Meier, who scored a franchise-record five goals in San Jose’s previous game, continued to find the net with a power-play goal midway through the third that made it 3-2.

 

San Jose spent much of the third period on the power play but could not find an equalizer. Seattle killed off two more penalties after Meier's goal, but San Jose had one more chance after Mason Appleton was called for hooking with 1:07 left.

 

Despite a fourth power play in the period, the Sharks couldn’t tie it with a 6-on-4 advantage in the final minute after goalie Adin Hill was pulled.

 

“We got a good start and took the lead, but after the first, we stopped playing,” Hertl said. "They were all over us, they managed the game better and we couldn’t find a way. It’s a tough loss because everybody knows what is coming, the last five games before the break.”

 

Seattle goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 22 saves and it was one of his stronger performances as he turned away a number of dangerous chances for the Sharks. His best save was a glove stop on a breakaway by Meier early in the second.

 

Hill made 16 saves for the Sharks.

 

Soucy’s first goal was his first since Dec. 18. Soucy flicked a wrist shot past Hill on the blocker side and pulled Seattle even after a flurry of San Jose pressure around the Kraken net.

 

The goal seemed to flip the ice and the Kraken had the better chances as the period progressed. Ryan Donato appeared to give Seattle a 2-1 lead at 6:48, but San Jose challenged the play for offside and the goal was waived off after video review.

 

Less than two minutes later, Soucy flipped another wrist shot past Hill and Seattle had a 2-1 lead. Jarnkrok’s 100th career goal off a great pass from Morgan Geekie behind the net made it 3-1.

 

“We started off flat but we noticed it this time and we took advantage of the opportunity to say, ‘Hey ... let’s go change the momentum of the game,’” Donato said.

 

Grubauer also got some help from his goal posts. Erik Karlsson had an open net in the first period but his tipped shot hit the post and Grubauer covered. During a San Jose power play in the second, Brent Burns’ shot from the point was tipped by Logan Couture but hit the post and stayed out.

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Game # 40

 

Seattle 0 Blues 5

 

Husso sharp, Bozak gets shorty as Blues beat Kraken 5-0

 

ByAP
Updated: 2 hours ago
 

SEATTLE -- — Ville Husso stopped 27 shots, Tyler Bozak scored short-handed and the St. Louis Blues pounded the Seattle Kraken 5-0 Friday night.

 

The Blues have won two straight and five of six. Bozak and Brayden Schenn scored in the first period, and Pavel Buchnevich, Colton Parayko and Jordan Kyrou scored in the third. Parayko’s goal came on a penalty shot.

 

“I’m just feeling good right now, every time I get a chance to play, I try to get a win,” said Husso, who also was in the net for a 2-1 home win against the Kraken on Jan. 13. “There was a lot of blocking shots. I have to give credit to the defensemen and the forwards."

 

The Kraken were shut out for the second time this season and ended a two-game winning streak. Joey Daccord had 26 saves.

 

Both of St. Louis’ first-period goals came from its special teams.

 

Bozak put the Blues on the board with a short-handed tally at 5:54, finishing a 2-on-1 break with Brandon Saad for his second goal this season.

St. Louis made it 2-0 with Schenn’s power-play tally at 10:23.

 

Schenn found the rebound from David Perron’s shot and tucked it in for his eighth goal.

 

“Our special teams were really good in that first period,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “I thought we were energized and skating well and doing some good things. When you get a short-handed goal, it’s a huge lift. It’s all work-based."

 

Buchnevich, who returned on Friday from COVID-19 protocols, added an insurance goal for St. Louis just 24 seconds into the third period, his 15th.

 

Parayko was awarded a penalty shot at 7:40 when he was hooked from behind by Jordan Eberle. Parayko skated toward the right and lofted his shot over Daccord for his fifth. It was the first penalty shot by a Blues defenseman since Feb. 3, 1985.

 

Kyrou, who will be the Blues’ All-Star Game representative, made it 5-0 at 9:31 with his 15th.

 

Although the Kraken came from behind for their two wins earlier this week, defenseman Mark Giordano said they can’t count on that every time.

 

“At the end of the day, getting behind in this league, it’s way too hard to come back night in and night out,” Girodano said. "Especially against a team that’s as structured as they are.

 

They’re not going to give you anything if you don’t generate it. You saw that in the third period, they’re really good at shutting down anything off the rush.”

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Game # 41

 

Seattle 5 Panthers 3

 

Appleton, Grubauer lead Kraken to 5-3 win over Panthers

 

ByAP
Updated: 4 hours ago
 

SEATTLE -- — Maybe the Seattle Kraken need to be more diligent about following their game plan all the time. It's worked twice this season against the Florida Panthers, the top team in the NHL.

 

Mason Appleton scored his first goal in nearly two months 26 seconds into the third period, Philipp Grubauer made 28 saves, and the Kraken beat the Panthers 5-3 on Sunday night.

 

“For some reason we stick to the game plan when we played them," Seattle forward Yanni Gourde said. "We don’t do that against different teams. But tonight we did. Last time we played them we did. We were confident and we knew what to do against this team.”

 

Marcus Johansson, Gourde and Colin Blackwell all scored during Seattle’s three-goal second period, and Calle Jarnkrok added an empty-net goal in the final seconds.

 

The Kraken won for the third time in four games, and Grubauer continued his run of strong performances as two of Florida’s goals were bad bounces that ended in the Seattle net.

 

Grubauer has won his last three starts.

 

“That’s the biggest thing that I see is being able to just shrug off a goal against and move on to the next save,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said. “That’s been really important.”

 

Seattle swept both games this season against the Panthers, who entered the night tied with Tampa Bay for the most points in the NHL with 61.

 

Seattle beat the Panthers 4-1 on Nov. 27 in Sunrise, Florida, a loss that denied Florida a record-setting 12th consecutive home victory to start the season.

 

Anthony Duclair, Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov scored for Florida. Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves, but saw his five-game win streak in net come to an end.

 

“We had to chase the game and on the road they are hard games to win when you're chasing the game,” Florida interim coach Andrew Brunette said. “We put ourselves in a real tough position.”

 

Appleton provided the game winner with a flick past Bobrovsky in the opening seconds of the third period as Seattle quickly transitioned out of its defensive zone. Appleton had not scored since netting a pair of goals on Nov. 29 in a victory at Buffalo.

 

Grubauer made 12 saves in the third period including a couple of terrific stops on Duclair and Huberdeau after Florida had pulled Bobrovsky for an extra skater.

 

“I don’t think we deserve to win this game, but I think we had a lot of good chances at the end to to tie the game at least,” Barkov said.

 

Duclair was credited with his 18th goal of the season coming in the first period when his shot was saved by Grubauer but deflected off the skate of Seattle’s Carson Soucy and into the Kraken net.

 

Huberdeau’s power-play goal pulled Florida to 3-2 at 12:32 of the second period and less than 90 seconds later, Barkov’s shot was deflected by Gourde and fluttered over Grubauer’s shoulder to pull the Panthers even at 3-3.

 

Seattle scored three times in the second period, including two goals 17 seconds apart, the fastest two-goal flurry of Seattle’s inaugural season.

 

Johansson pulled Seattle even at 1-1 off a great feed from Mark Giordano at 5:02. The Kraken flubbed a 5-on-3 power play attempt but Gourde’s slap shot just after the advantage ended gave Seattle a 2-1 lead.

 

And 17 seconds after that, Appleton’s shot hit the goal post, deflected in the air and off Colin Blackwell’s helmet and past Bobrovsky for a 3-1 Kraken lead. It was Blackwell’s fourth goal of the season and his most unconventional.

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Game # 42 

 

Seattle 2 Preds 4

 

Predators beat Kraken 4-2 for 3rd straight win

 

By AP
Updated: 2 hours ago
 

SEATTLE -- — Mattias Ekholm scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and the Nashville Predators beat the Seattle Kraken 4-2 on Tuesday night.

 

The Predators also got goals from Filip Forsberg, Luke Kunin and Matt Duchene in their third straight win. Roman Josi added two assists, and Juuse Saros made 32 saves.

 

“I just liked the fact we had a pretty gritty effort. We had to stick with it. It wasn’t an easy game,” Nashville coach John Hynes said.

Jared McCann and Adam Larsson scored for the Kraken.

 

Seattle entered with three wins in the last four games, one of the best stretches of its inaugural season, and the Kraken took an early lead when McCann scored his team-leading 16th goal on a 5-on-3 power play nine minutes in.

 

Nashville tied it 21 seconds before the first intermission on Kunin’s 10th goal, a one-timer from the top of the left circle.

 

Seattle again took the lead in the second, going ahead 2-1 when Yanni Gourde’s pass from behind the net found Larsson streaking in front with 7:39 left in the period.

 

Forsberg tied it 2-all about three minutes later, taking the puck the entire length of the ice on a rush and finishing with his 21st goal.

 

“That shot is unbelievable,” Ekholm said. “You could see the determination he had behind the net, skating out. No one was catching him and he just ripped one. There’s not too many players that can do that in this league.”

 

Philipp Grubauer made 23 saves for Seattle, and coach Dave Hakstol said the Kraken need more from their goaltender.

 

“The first goal, it’s a tough time, that’s a tough one, he’s got to stop that. The second one as well. He’s facing a good shooter, but it’s from the outside,”

Hakstol said. “Those are things that can push a team back on their heels. Not his best, and he’ll have to be better in Pittsburgh a few nights from now.”

 

The Predators took the lead with 3½ minutes left in the period. Ekholm came around behind the net and his wraparound shot deflected in off the skate of Seattle defenseman Vince Dunn.

 

Nashville added another power-play goal by Duchene with about four minutes to go in the third.

 

“I think this group has shown time in and time out it doesn’t matter the score, it doesn’t matter how many goals we’re down or up. We still fight, we’re in there battling,” Ekholm said.

 

“Obviously we’d like to jump up early, get a good lead and hold onto it, but sometimes it’s good for your group to go through different scenarios and emotions.”

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