CANUCKS NEWS: As far as debuts go, he certainly gave Brock Boeser’s 1st NHL game last year in Minnesota a run for it’s money. While Boeser’s first career marker was a loose puck stuffed into the net, Pettersson’s was like a literal demonstration of what he is supposed to bring to this team.
The first of many for Pettersson! pic.twitter.com/TNNEpeJnrv— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 4, 2018
That shot, man. And he wasn’t done. He also set up Nikolay Goldobin for his first of the season with a sweet lil no look pass.
Let’s not overshadow other accomplishments last night, though. Apart from some fairly predictable hiccups, that was a well played (and surprisingly entertaining) game by the Vancouver Canucks. There were a lot of guys who showed up last night, and Jacob Markstrom was one of the more notable ones. He was strong to finish the season last year and was in fine form last night, frustrating Calgary shooters on numerous occasions, stopping 33 of 35 Flames shots. The Canucks 4th line of Tyler Motte, Markus Granlund and Jay Beagle was surprisingly effective, generating 9 SOG. Motte played over 21 minutes (thanks to a disproportionate amount of PPs for the Flames) and it was nice to see him get the empty netter to wrap up a pretty solid game. Jake Virtanen wasn’t super noticeable and it seemed like it was going to be another one of those games for him when he took a penalty shortly after the Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk broke the shutout. But our boy Jake redeemed himself with a breakaway beauty as he got out of the penalty box to restore the 3 goal lead. Overall, this sums up how last night went for Canucks fans...
AROUND THE LEAGUE: John Tavares scored in his 1st game for his hometown Maple Leafs, and Auston Matthews scored twice including the OT winner as the Leafs downed Montreal 3-2 at Scotiabank Arena. Max Domi had 2 assists in his Habs debut, and they also got a helper from Jesperi Kotkaniemi in the loss... The Washington Capitals raised their Stanley Cup banner last night, and then served notice that they’re ready to defend their title by stomping a 7-0 mudhole in the Boston Bruins. After Lars Eller celebrated the 7-0 goal near the Bruins bench, noted scumbag Brad Marchand jumped him on the next shift. Funny, for a guy who seems to have a problem with over the top goal celebrations, his past doesn’t seem to reflect that...
Hypocrites gonna hypocrite... Speaking of the Caps, thumbs up to the NHL DoPS for throwing the book at Tom Wilson yesterday. The wording of his suspension release was incredible, and incredibly damning.
Washington’s Tom Wilson suspended twenty games for an Illegal Check to the Head on St. Louis’ Oskar Sundqvist. https://t.co/ojQ4yN6oFN— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) October 3, 2018
It’s Wilson’s 4th suspension in 105 games. This is how repeat offenders are supposed to be treated. He will forfeit over $1.2 Million in salary, and now we need to watch and see if an appeal is launched by the NHLPA or the player before the Friday deadline.