It took only 10 games to expose Elias Pettersson as human. What a disappointment. The super-rookie scored only once Tuesday as the Vancouver Canucks lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Detroit Red Wings.
OK, the 19-year-old did have five shots on net in 22:11 of ice time and was probably still the best Canuck. But Pettersson was foiled by the cross-bar on an overtime two-on-one and lost control of the puck in his shootout debut.
Pettersson’s single point – a rocket slapshot that opened the scoring in the first period – actually slowed his scoring pace slightly, leaving the Swede with 10 goals and 16 points in his first 10 National Hockey League games. Yes, that’s 10 goals in 10 games to start his NHL career.
He was the least of the Canucks’ problems. Vancouver didn’t have many, except that it failed to take advantage of first-half dominance by building a bigger lead, and when the Canucks finally did creep ahead 2-0, they let the Red Wings back into the game.
Gustav Nyquist banked the tying goal in off Canucks defenceman Troy Stecher at 1:37 of the third period, and Dylan Larkin beat Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom for the only goal of the shootout. Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 40 of 42 shots, then made two more saves in the shootout to halt the Canucks winning streak at three games.
The 9-6-1 Canucks visit the Boston Bruins on Thursday for the second game in Vancouver’s six-game eastern road trip.
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The Canucks should have had this game wrapped up when Ben Hutton’s point shot sneaked through rush-hour traffic to make it 2-0 at 11:21 of the second period.
Vancouver, which outshot Detroit 22-7 over the first 26 minutes and could have been up by three or four goals, immediately went on the power play after an unsuccessful offside challenge by Wings coach Jeff Blashill on Hutton’s goal.
But instead of making it 3-0, the Canucks power play failed to generate a shot on target, the futility culminating in a holding penalty to Vancouver’s Adam Gaudette six seconds …read more