Pettersson scores twice in Canucks win against Predators
- Elias Pettersson scored two goals in the third period for the Vancouver Canucks in a 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.
- Pettersson put the Canucks ahead 2-1 when he scored on the power play over goalie Pekka Rinne’s glove at 6:09 of the third period.
- He scored his second of the night, on his 21st birthday, on the rebound of a Brock Boeser shot off the rush at 11:41 to make it 4-2.
“It’s a good headline for the media,” Pettersson said of scoring on his birthday. “It’s really nice to score goals. The family is here. Most importantly, we got the win.”
- Tanner Pearson had two goals and an assist, and Thatcher Demko made 34 saves for the Canucks (10-6-3), who ended a four-game winless streak (0-3-1).
“It’s nice to win a tight game like this when the game was back and forth,” Pettersson said.
- Mikael Granlund and Filip Forsberg scored in the third period for the Predators (9-6-3), who are 1-3-2 in their past six games after winning the previous four.
- Rinne, who was trying for his 350th NHL win, made 21 saves.
“The first period was not great, and then we played a lot better in the second, taking it to them, and the third period was dictated by special teams,” Forsberg said. “It’s not good enough. It’s a little inconsistent. We’re not OK with that.”
NHL Highlights | Predators vs Canucks – Nov. 12. 2019
- Predators defenseman Roman Josi, who had an assist on Forsberg’s goal, has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the past 11 games.
- He has 10 assists in his past 10 games against the Canucks. …
- Granlund was moved up from the fourth line to the first line. …
- Vancouver forward Josh Leivo, moved up to the top line, had an assist on Pettersson’s second goal.
Sources & Credits: Kevin Woodley / NHL.com, VAN Canucks, NSH Predators
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