Sports Canucks Notebook: Pettersson on Hoglander goal, Pearson on his return 'home,' and wildfire's scary threat
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At the end of this long season, there will be a few games that we’ll look back and say “that one was a must-win.” Tuesday night’s 5-1 defeat of the Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Arena will definitely be one of those games for the Vancouver Canucks. And they did it in impressive fashion. Other than an ugly blip on the game’s first shift, the Canucks controlled just about every aspect of the game, which is the least you’d expect from a team with playoff ambitions. This group of Red Wings, outside of the likes of Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou, isn’t much to look at at the moment. Yes, these Red Wings are a far cry from their glory days ancestors.
Yes, the Vancouver Canucks have seen the goals scored this week by prospect Nils Hoglander and Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov. It’s a goal-scoring method that’s so well-known, it literally has its own name: The Michigan.
It’s essentially a lacrosse move, with the puck scooped off the ice, carried at chest level and then flung into the top of the net, often past a bewildered goalie.
???????? OH MY GOODNESS, ANDREI SVECHNIKOV!!!! ????????
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Michigan’s Mike Legg pulled off the feat in 1996 and whether it was the first time anyone had done so doesn’t matter, it’s the most famous incarnation of the feat. It’s a move that has appeared from time-to-time, at various levels, with varying degrees of success,. We saw it again Tuesday, when first Hoglander and then later by Svechnikov.
Svechnikov, as far as anyone can tell, , though a number of players have tried. Elias Pettersson tried to pull it off Monday night, but couldn’t keep a handle on the puck.
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From another angle. The bank off of the back of the net is sweet enough. To pull off The Michigan while under pressure is insane.— /Cam Robinson/ (@Hockey_Robinson)
The timing of Hoglander’s feat, from the beat writer’s perspective, couldn’t have been more perfect. But Pettersson didn’t really want to talk about it.
“No comment,” he told one reporter Wednesday morning when the Hoglander and Svechnikov goals were brought up. He was only half-joking, it turned out, as it became clear he didn’t want to get into specifics.
His linemate, Brock Boeser, laughed when he was told that Pettersson was reluctant to comment.
“I think Petey’s going to try and top it,” he said. “Petey’s pissed probably.”
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Playing back at home
Wednesday’s game at the Staples Center is the 400th of Tanner Pearson’s career.
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More than three-quarters of those were with the Los Angeles Kings. He couldn’t help but smile about the fact that he’s achieving a milestone in his old barn. He played 44 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins after a trade last November, before being traded to the Canucks at the deadline last February.
Wednesday will be Game 31 for him in blue, white and green.
“It’s fun. I was back here with Pitt last year. It’s definitely really different being at the other end of the rink,” he said after Wednesday morning’s fully attended game-day skate at the center. “You’re going to warm-up and you see friends along the glass, people you made a connection with over the years. It’s cool to be back. It’s been almost a year since I played here. I definitely like where I’m at right now,” he said.
Living in Southern California for five years — Pearson and his now-wife Meaghan lived in the oceanside suburb of Hermosa Beach — meant that the newswas definitely front-of-mind. The smoke from the multiple, large fires burning on Tuesday.
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He recalled the wildfires that devastated the region.
“It’s pretty scary. I remember going up to my rooftop at nighttime and looking north, towards Santa Monica and Malibu. You could see the hills all lit up,” he said. “When I was here, we were big animal rescuers — a lot of the wives did that — so all the animals were tied up to lifeguard towers on the sand so they couldn’t get hurt. It’s definitely scary; a lot of people get affected by it. Everyone does what they can to help.”
Tyler Myers played junior hockey in Kelowna and has his summer home there still; he’s no stranger to wildfires either. He nodded when the current situation in L.A. was brought up, where tinder-dry conditions throughout the region — it’s barely rained over the previous five months — powerful Santa Ana winds, plushave raised the fire risk .
“It’s scary. I’ve seen a few fires, not this past summer but the two years before. It seemed like the whole summer, all that we were looking at was smoke. It’s scary for people who are close by, worried about their homes. You see how hard firefighters are working to end them, but it’s definitely scary for people who are close by,” Myers said.
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Canucks Post Game: Sutter the hopeful, Horvat the horse, Markstrom the mourner .
Points to ponder after Brandon Sutter looked like he had suffered a serious injury, the power play looked like it had all the answers and Bo Horvat shouldered a considerable load as the Canucks claimed a 5-3 victory over the Predators on Tuesday at Rogers Arena: CUTTING TO THE CORE: Sutter sounds hopeful, injury may not be serious Brandon Sutter had never felt better. He was moving quicker through the neutral zone. He was stronger on pucks. He was effective on the penalty kill and in a shutdown capacity. He had five goals. And then that feeling of everything finally going right went wrong on one telling first-period sequence.