Swedish sen­sa­tion beats Rinne for vic­tory

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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.

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