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Sports Pettersson scores twice, Canucks rout Golden Knights 5-1

10:45  07 april  2022
10:45  07 april  2022 Source:   msn.com

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elias Pettersson scored twice and had two assists to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-1 victory over Vegas on Wednesday night, snapping a five-game winning streak for the Golden Knights.

  Pettersson scores twice, Canucks rout Golden Knights 5-1 © Provided by The Canadian Press

The victory gave the Canucks’ slim playoff hopes a boost as they chase a Western Conference wild card. Both the Golden Knights and Canucks are on the outside looking in, with Vancouver in desperation mode.

Vegas (82 points) is one point behind eighth-place Dallas, while the Canucks (76) are seven back of the Stars.

Pettersson posted his third two-goal outing in his last five games. He has 10 points in his past seven games.

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“Really happy with the way we played,” Pettersson said. “I think today was a really good game for us for 60 minutes. That’s what we need to bring every game. The whole team worked. We’re aware of the situation we’re in. Basically, got to win every game. We can only focus on what’s next. Obviously happy about the result today, but we've got to focus on the next game.”

Bo Horvat, Brad Richardson and Tanner Pearson also scored for Vancouver. Thatcher Demko was excellent in stifling what had been a red-hot Golden Knights offense by stopping 33 shots.

“For the time of year and what we needed, it was a pretty good all-around game,” Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “The goalie had to be great, but the players around him played well, too. We started on time.”

Report: Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez expected to return Saturday

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The Golden Knights averaged 4.4 goals during their five-game run. In this one, they looked more like the pedestrian team that endured a 2-8 stretch while averaging a mere 2.1 goals before the five-game streak. Jack Eichel scored for Vegas, and Robin Lehner made 26 saves.

It marked Vancouver’s first victory over the Golden Knights in regulation since they joined the NHL in 2017.

“We were awful,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “We were awful in the net front. We were awful on breakouts. We were awful everywhere. I can’t tell you it was one thing. We were no good. We’re gonna flush it and move on.”

After taking a swipe from the slot with a one-timer he thought went in but Demko swatted away, Eichel ended up with a rebound following a series of shots and found the back of the net to give Vegas an early 1-0 lead.

The Canucks took advantage of a power play late in the first period after Ben Hutton was called for holding. Pettersson’s shot from the point deflected off Lehner’s right shoulder and right to Horvat, who punched it home for an equalizer.

Golden Knights netminder Robin Lehner close to returning

  Golden Knights netminder Robin Lehner close to returning While DeBoer defines Lehner as “capable of playing,” he said that the goaltender needs more time and practice before returning as the team’s starter. © Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner "We wouldn’t be in the playoff battle without him coming in and doing what he’s done," DeBoer said, per The Athletic's Jesse Granger. "Credit to him, and he’s gotta keep doing it. Every time we can put him in there it buys us another day to give Robin Lehner a chance to get more comfortable. "Robin’s back. He’s capable of playing. But he’s missed an extensive period of time.

It took 17 seconds for Vancouver to grab the lead, as Richardson snuck into the slot behind Vegas defenseman Alec Martinez and fired home a loose puck from the inside edge of the right circle and under Lehner’s pads.

The Canucks opened a two-goal cushion midway through the second period when Pettersson sent a beautiful pass across the slot to Pearson, who finished off the rush by beating Lehner with a wrist shot over his blocker.

After assisting on two of Vancouver’s first three goals, it was Pettersson’s turn to be on the receiving end of a nifty pass. Left alone by the front corner of the net after spinning away from Eichel, Pettersson redirected Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s backdoor pass to make it 4-1.

A little more than a minute into the third, Vegas defender Brayden McNabb went to the penalty box for tripping. Seven seconds later, Pettersson netted his second goal of the night.

NOTES: Since taking over for fired Travis Green on Dec. 5, Boudreau has led the Canucks to a 25-13-8 mark, including 14-6-3 on the road. ... Eichel played in his 399th career game and can hit the 400 mark Saturday at home against Arizona.

UP NEXT

Canucks: Visit the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

Golden Knights: Host the Coyotes on Saturday.

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W.g. Ramirez, The Associated Press

After avoiding disaster vs. Golden Knights, ‘belief is the word’ for Canucks .
An all-world night for Elias Pettersson ended with teammate Quinn Hughes scoring 51 seconds into overtime as the Vancouver Canucks survived a third-period collapse to beat the Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday. The post Jimenez leaps at the fence and Grichuk brings back a 3-run homer appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.An all-world night for Elias Pettersson ended with teammate Quinn Hughes scoring 51 seconds into overtime as the Canucks survived a third-period collapse to beat the Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime.

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