Plain and simple... Seattle is scared of Portland. They have played like they are scared of Portland all season and last night was no different. The Winterhawks did whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted to do it, carving up the lack of Seattle defense to the tune of 3 goals in the first 3 minutes of the game. Arguably, Calvin Pickard should have been sharper to start the game but both goals came from players that were completely unmarked. Tough to blame your goaltender when guys come in uncontested.
Another example: Connor Honey lays a big hit on a Winterhawks player and is immediately challenged by a 19 year old Brad Ross. Does he back down? Hell no... he drops the gloves and takes him on. He may have lost the fight but he had already won the war.