Swedish sensation beats Rinne for victory
Vancouver, British Columbia — Chalk up another first for Elias Pettersson.
The rookie sensation scored on his initial NHL penalty shot and the Canucks beat the Predators 5-3 Thursday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
Pettersson made it look easy, snaking his way across the ice, making a couple of dekes, then slipping the puck past the toe of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne to give Vancouver a 4-1 lead late in the second period.
“I was trying to fake and go right to left,” said Pettersson, who also had an assist. “It worked out this time.”
Bo Horvat said it’s the kind of play the Canucks have come to expect from the 20-year-old Swede.
“It was a highly skilled move by a highly skilled player,” Horvat said. “You expect him to do those kinds of things and it’s nice to see that go in for him.”
Picked fifth overall in the 2017 draft, Pettersson leads all rookies with 14 goals and 25 points. He started the season with nine goals and six assists in his first nine games but had just one goal and three assists in his last eight.
“Some games you can create a lot and have zero points,” he said. “Sometimes you create two chances and you have two points.
“I’m only focusing on playing a good game, then the points will eventually come.”
Flames’ Lomberg suspended
Flames forward Ryan Lomberg has been suspended for a game and coach Bill Peters fined $10,000 by the NHL for a confrontation at the end of a game with the Minnesota Wild.
Lomberg went after Matt Dumba when the Wild defenseman steamrolled Flames center Mikael Backlund.