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Sports Canucks Notebook: Pettersson on Hoglander goal, Pearson on his return 'home,' and wildfire's scary threat

06:50  31 october  2019
06:50  31 october  2019 Source:   theprovince.com

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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.

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, including the NHL . We saw it again Tuesday, when first Hoglander pulled it off in a Swedish Hockey League game and then later by Svechnikov.

a person skiing on the snow: Canucks whiz kid Elias Pettersson tried a lacrosse-type goal called The Michigan against the Florida Panthers Monday, but Andrei Svechnikov beat him to the punch when it came to actually scoring with the trick shot.© Ben Nelms, The Canadian Press Canucks whiz kid Elias Pettersson tried a lacrosse-type goal called The Michigan against the Florida Panthers Monday, but Andrei Svechnikov beat him to the punch when it came to actually scoring with the trick shot. Svechnikov, as far as anyone can tell, is the first to actually pull it off in an NHL game , 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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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.”

NEXT GAME

Wednesday

Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings

7:30 p.m., Staples Center , TV: Sportsnet 1, Sportsnet 360; Radio: Sportsnet 650

a hockey game in the snow:  Then L.A. Kings forward Tanner Pearson chases after Brock Boeser of the Canucks in a Nov. 14, 2017, game at Staples Center. He returns for his 400th career game to his former rink.© Harry How Then L.A. Kings forward Tanner Pearson chases after Brock Boeser of the Canucks in a Nov. 14, 2017, game at Staples Center. He returns for his 400th career game to his former rink.

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.

Wildfires

Living in Southern California for five years — Pearson and his now-wife Meaghan lived in the oceanside suburb of Hermosa Beach — meant that the news about the wildfires raging across the state was definitely front-of-mind. The smoke from the multiple, large fires burning was especially notable during the flight from Vancouver on Tuesday.

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He recalled the wildfires that devastated the region to the north of Los Angeles in 2017 .

“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, plus the underlying effects of climate change have raised the fire risk to levels hardly ever seen before .

“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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