Canucks rookie Pet­ters­son off to hot start

The Fresno Bee - - Sports -

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.

Notable

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.

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