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Hockey Daily Dose

Pettersson: Star in the Making

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 30, 2018, 1:01 am ET

There were only two games in the NHL on Monday but the big news came earlier in the day when it was announced Auston Matthews would miss at least four weeks with a left shoulder injury.

 

Last season, Matthews also had a shoulder injury, but at that time it was his right shoulder. That is not a good injury to have as forwards rely so much on their shoulders. Of course, it did not seem to bother him when returned last season and he was a stud in early October with 10 goals in six games.

 

The Maple Leafs have a plethora of top centers with John Tavares and now Nazem Kadri (who played in his 500th career game Monday) moves up the depth chart to become a top-two center.

 

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CALGARY 3 TORONTO 1

 

Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm each scored once and added an assist in the third period to lead the visiting Calgary Flames to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Mike Smith was stellar in the Calgary net, as was Frederik Andersen in the Toronto cage as the game was scoreless heading into the third period.

 

Smith turned aside 24-of-25 shots to even his record at 4-4-1. He lowered his GAA from 3.91 to 3.54 while raising his save percentage from .869 to .878. Those are horrible peripherals.

 

Andersen stopped 31-of-33 shots in taking the loss and dropping his record to 6-4-0. He has a 2.42 GAA with a .919 save percentage.

 

Michael Frolik scored into the empty net with six seconds left to salt away the win.

 

Nazem Kadri scored the lone Toronto goal. It was his third goal of the season and he is currently on a three-game goal scoring streak after not scoring in any of the first nine games.

 

Every Toronto player, save for Morgan Rielly was credited with at least one hit.

 

Rielly, Jake Gardiner, Patrick Marleau, Mitch Marner and Kadri were all a minus-two on the night.

 

VANCOUVER 5 MINNESOTA 2

 

It is so good to have Elias Pettersson back for the Vancouver Canucks! The favorite for the Calder Trophy, even at this early stage of the season, missed a couple of weeks of action with a concussion and needed a game of playing time before he struck again on Monday with a couple of goals to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Wild.

 

The Canucks snapped the Wild’s five-game winning streak as Pettersson scored a couple of beauties. He now has seven goals and 10 points in only seven games as the Canucks future looks so bright with Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and Pettersson to lead them offensively.

 

Vancouver took a 1-0 lead as Markus Granlund scored his second of the season but Jordan Greenway tied the contest before the end of the first with his first NHL goal. It came in his 16th game of his young career.

Jake Virtanen gave the Canucks the lead once again in the second as he scored his third of the season, this one on the power play.  Pettersson’s first goal of the night gave the Canucks a two goal lead but Ryan Suter on the power play, made it 3-2 before the end of the second.

 

Pettersson scored early in the third and then Ben Hutton scored into the empty net to clinch it. It was Hutton’s second of the season after the defenseman couldn’t find the back of the net in 61 games last season.

 

Jacob Markstrom was outstanding in the Vancouver crease as he stopped 37 shots for his fourth win of the season. He will get most of the starts in the next few weeks with Anders Nilsson on the shelf with a broken finger.

 

Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves as he saw his four-game winning streak come to an end.

 

Matt Dumba, Jonas Brodin and Markus Granlund each had six shots on goal.

 

Dumba was a minus-three.

 

 

NOTES: Victor Hedman (upper body) and Ondrej Palat (lower body) will sit out Tuesday and Thursday and could miss more action…Torey Krug is expected to make his seasonal debut on Tuesday for Boston as he has been out since training camp with an ankle injury…Michael Rasmussen will play in his 10th game Tuesday and that will burn a year on his entry-level deal…The Blues have had a troika of players complete AHL conditioning stints as Nikita Soshnikov, Robby Fabbri and Carl Gunnarsson are ready to go…Mark Borowiecki was suspended three games for his illegal check on the Golden Knights Cody Eakin Sunday. Eakin did not return to the ice after the first period hit…Kris Letang left practice early Monday as he sustained Saturday…The Penguins will have a moment of silence before Tuesday’s game for the victims at Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue and they made a couple of $25,000 donations, one to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh as well as one to the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety to help the four police officers who were injured in the shootout…Sidney Crosby was the first star of the week with five goals and seven points during three games in Western Canada. Mark Scheifele was the second star as he had four goals and seven points in four contests while NHL scoring leader Mikko Rantanen was the third star with three goals and four helpers in four games.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.