For the Vancouver Canucks, the solution almost made the problem worthwhile. Almost.
Elite rookie Elias Pettersson rescued a victory for the team by finishing a give-and-go with Brock Boeser at 1:38 of overtime as the Canucks beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 Wednesday despite blowing a two-goal lead in the final half of the third period.
It gave Pettersson his first NHL hat trick – on the day he was named to the All-Star Game – and the Canucks two points in a game they dominated while building a 3-1 lead. Ahead 27-7 in shots at one stage, Vancouver hit four posts and Ottawa goalie Marcus Hogberg made 41 saves, which kept his team in the game long enough for Mark Stone to tie it 3-3 with 50 seconds remaining in regulation time and the Senators skating six-on-five.
Pettersson scored the final three Vancouver goals, giving him 22 goals and 42 points in 37 games in his first NHL season. He logged 22:16 of ice time, finished with six shots on net and looked again like a future superstar.
Boeser set up two of his goals, Sven Baertschi also had two points and Bo Horvat had an assist while devouring 23:56 of ice time as the Canucks’ best forwards were excellent on a night when coach Travis Green chose to sit out talented winger Nikolay Goldobin.
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