Canucks rookie Pettersson off to hot start
Chalk up another first for Elias Pettersson.
The rookie sensation scored on his initial NHL penalty shot and the Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 Thursday night in Vancouver 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,” said Horvat, who had a goal and an assist.
Picked fifth overall in the 2017 draft, Pettersson leads all rookies with 14 goals and 25 points.
Flames: Defenseman Mark Giordano was suspended for two games for kneeing, and forward Ryan Lomberg was suspended for a game and head coach Bill Peters fined $10,000. Giordano, the Flames’ captain, was assessed a tripping penalty after kneeing Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu on Thursday night in the third period of the Flames’ 2-0 home victory. Devils: The team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-3 win Thursday night against the Kings in Los Angeles.