Vancouver Canucks’ Erik Gudbranson, right, checks Nashville Predators’ Roman Josi, of Switzerland, during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Pettersson scores on penalty shot, Canucks beat Predators 5-3

Super rookie helps Vancouver snap 4-game losing skid

VANCOUVER — Rookie Elias Pettersson scored on his first NHL penalty shot as the Vancouver Canucks used a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators Thursday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Pettersson was awarded the penalty shot with 71 seconds left in the second period after being hauled down on a breakaway by Nashville defenceman Mattias Ekholm. On the shot, Pettersson weaved his way across the ice then tucked the puck past goaltender Pekka Renne’s toe for a 4-1 lead.

The 20-year-old Swede, picked fifth overall in the 2017 draft, leads all rookies with 14 goals and 25 points.

Bo Horvat and Jake Virtanen each had a goal and assist for the Canucks, who have just two wins in their last 14 games (2-10-2).

Alex Edler, on the power play, and Loui Eriksson also scored for Vancouver (12-16-3). Antoine Roussel had two assists. Nikolay Goldobin, a healthy scratch in Vancouver’s 3-2 loss to Minnesota Tuesday, assisted on Edler’s goal, giving him a team-leading 13 assists.

Ryan Hartman, Colton Sissons and Matt Irwin scored for Nashville (19-9-1), which saw a two-game win streak end.

Canuck goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 shots. Rinne, making his sixth straight start, made 21 saves before being replaced to start the third period by Juuse Saros. He stopped four shots.

Eriksson made it 5-1 early in the third period, scoring his fifth of the season just one second after Nashville killed a penalty. It was Eriksson’s first point in 11 games.

Hartman scored Nashville’s first goal at 7:21 of the second when he deflected Yannick Weber’s shot past Markstrom. The Canucks argued the goal came off a high stick but after a video review the play stood.

Virtanen restore the two-goal lead on a 2-on-1 breakaway at 8:51. Roussel carried the puck into the Nashville end then slid a pass past defenceman Ryan Ellis that Virtanen blasted by Rinne.

RELATED: Not a November to remember for Canucks

The Canucks showed some jump in the first period, building a 2-0 lead while outshooting Nashville 14-9. It was the first time this season Vancouver led 2-0.

It took Vancouver just 19 seconds to score on the game’s first power play after Austin Watson was called for holding. Edler took Goldobin’s pass and let got a shot from just inside the blueline that travelled through traffic and sailed past Rinne’s glove.

Horvat scored with 26 seconds left in the period, taking a feed from Virtanen then rifling a shot under the crossbar.

NOTES: In the span of a 1:40 during the first period Edler scored a goal, flattened Nashville’s Yannick Weber with a big hit, then was called for a penalty. … The Canucks had gone 0 for 12 on the power play in their previous four games. … Defenceman Michael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch for the first time since an eight-game stretch in October. … The Predators played without forwards Kyle Turris, Filip Forsberg, and Viktor Arvidsson, and defenceman P.K. Subban, all due to injury.

Jim Morris, The Canadian Press

 

Nashville Predators’ Rocco Grimaldi (23) is stopped by Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom, right, of Sweden, as Derrick Pouliot (5) defends during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Just Posted

Zucca melons were once used in fruitcakes

The zucca melon, introduced to the Okanagan in the late 1930s, was once used in fruitcakes and jams

Godsmack and Volbeat coming to Penticton

Tour includes a stop at the South Okanagan Events Centre

Sagmoen back in Vernon court this week

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen will appear on all three Vernon matters this week

Okanagan Crush Pad Winery makes Decanter’s top 10 wines of 2018

The Haywire Free Form White of 2016 scored 94 points

Cold case files: Murdered woman still unidentified after 44 years

Penticton RCMP releasing info on historical missing person and found human remains investigations

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

Break-in at home of detained Chinese Huawei executive

Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver on America’s request

Natural gas rates will go up in B.C. on Jan. 1

Regions could pay up to $68 more

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

It could be an “impeachable offense” if it’s proven that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign.

Winter rolls into the Okanagan to stay

Environment Canada is calling for two-to-four centimetres of snow from Penticton to Salmon Arm

Macron addresses France amid protests; is it too late?

Paris monuments reopened, cleanup workers cleared debris and shop owners tried to put the city on its feet again Sunday.

CUPE calls off Flair Airlines job action citing job security concerns

The union says it’s going to challenge Flair’s move at the Canada Industrial Relations Board before proceeding with any job action.

Trump looking at several candidates for new chief of staff

Trump’s top pick for the job, Nick Ayers, is out of the running and Trump is now soliciting input on at least four individuals.

Most Read