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A Timely Elias Pettersson Shift Diary as the Canucks Win (+)

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Elias Pettersson is trying to find his offensive touch for the Vancouver Canucks. “Petey” had an assist and one shot on goal in 19:43 of playing time in Chicago on Thursday night after two shots on goal in 19:55 two nights earlier in the 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. In that game, he didn’t seem himself after taking a whopper hit from Colin Miller early in the first period.

For the Kraken match, he begins the evening with his “Lotto” linemates, wingers JT Miller and Brock Boeser.

First Period

:22-1:17 – Canucks control draw. On rush to Kraken line, Miller lost control of the puck and turned it over. Seattle got a shot off on rush the other way. Save made. Linemates change a minute into period, Petey stays out for an extra :17-seconds in a defensive posture.

3:00-3:42 – Two rushes. Again, a turnover on the first entry. Puck regained in the neutral zone, Petey works it back to Quinn Hughes for a re-group. Next rush, puck lost deep but Pettersson diligent on the forecheck. Good pressure. Puck the other way, easy shot handled and held by Thatcher Demko for a whistle.

4:31-4:58 Back to back draws in the O-zone, LW circle. Miller taking the draws. Petey lines up to his right in the slot. First win results in a shot deflected out of play quickly. Miller wins the next draw back, Phil Grubauer makes a save, Kraken ice the puck. Line change. Petey goes to the bench slowly, adjusting his equipment or pants.

7:55-8:41 Petey hops on ice as the extra attacker on a delayed penalty call to Seattle’s Jared McCann. Whistle stops play almost immediately after he hops on the ice. TV Timeout. Jared McCann – Cross Checking – 7:08. Petey stays on with the first power play unit coming out of the break. Miller has the puck hop off his stick again in the Kraken zone and they clear. Lengthy re-group. Canucks regain zone and set up shop. Petey operating in the right wing circle. At one point he ripped a one-time wide of the far post. Good passing, then had to battle to get a puck back in the right wing corner and he won the battle. Kicked it to himself and worked it back to Hughes. Kraken finally clear. Decent PP shift, he made two or three passes in front. Change.

10:39-11:30 Again, with Petey struggling at the face-off dot, Miller takes and loses the neutral zone draw coming out of the second TV timeout. Kraken with brief zone time, Petey ends up with the puck for the clear. Canucks gain the zone quickly and Pettersson gets off a wicked one-timer from the left slot that Grubauer kicks aside with his right pad. Great scoring chance. Seattle clears. Canucks re-group. Change.

On a personal Petey level, the game appeared to go downhill from there.

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