Pettersson Scores Shootout Winner as Jets lose Vancouver, lose Wheeler through injury – Winnipeg | The Canadian News

Elias Pettersson scored the only goal on the penalty shoot-out when the Vancouver Canucks defeated visiting Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in a highly entertaining game Friday night.

Nils Hoglander opened the scoring for the Canucks 6:29 in the first with a beautiful backhand over the shoulder from Jets reserve Eric Comrie, making his first start since a 3-2 loss in Vancouver three weeks ago.

Winnipeg tied the game on power with just under nine minutes to go in the span when captain Blake Wheeler shed his jumpsuit with his first of the season. Pierre-Luc Dubois provided the perfect screen as Thatcher Demko never saw the show.

It looked like it would stay tied after 20 minutes, but Wheeler was turned away on a breakaway and moments later Hoglander got his second of the period with just 20 seconds to go. Comrie couldn’t stop an easy shot on goal, catching a piece with his glove, but not enough as it dribbled over the finish line.

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Kyle Connor stayed warm for the Jets, tying the game just past the six-minute mark of the second, but the game remained tied for less than a minute.

As Winnipeg’s defenders switched, forwards flipped the puck on the offensive side, leading to a breakaway from Conor Garland. He made no mistake with a nasty hit on Comrie, shoving the puck into an empty net to restore the advantage.

The seesaw battle continued just four minutes later, as the Jets’ top line forced a fumble with a strong forecheck, leading to great preparation from Connor to Mark Scheifele for the tying goal.

Winnipeg first thought they had the upper hand when Andrew Copp buried a juicy rebound in an open net, but the goal was disallowed after Vancouver challenged by goalkeeper interference. Officials ruled that Dubois, attacking the net, impeded Demko’s ability to recover on the play, a decision that outraged Jets head coach Paul Maurice.

Goalkeepers took control in the third when the Jets began to run out of gas. Each side had a power play opportunity in the period, and it was toward the end of the Jets’ penalty that Wheeler, in the middle of his best game of the season, tangled his knee in a pile of bodies in front of Comrie. immediately grabbing his knee.

Very cautiously he went to the bench after the play was whistled, he needed help to get to the locker room and did not return to the game.

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Neither team found the back of the net in the third, leading to a chaotic overtime period in which the Jets had plenty of chances to finish the game. Dubois had multiple chances near Demko, Connor hit the post and Ehlers was rejected on a breakaway before launching a penalty, although the Canucks were unable to score with the man advantage.

Pettersson opened the shooting with a deke reminiscent of fellow Swede Peter Forsberg, and that was it. Connor was stopped, JT Miller missed the net, also Scheifele, Bo Horvat was denied and Dubois was stopped by Demko to end the game.

Demko stopped 34 shots while Comrie deflected 33 shots in defeat.

Connor and Wheeler each finished with one goal and two assists for the Jets, who don’t play again until Tuesday at home against the Sabers.

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