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Canucks’ Elias Pettersson fined for slashing

The 22-year-old hacked Sean Monahan in the chest during Monday night’s game against Calgary.

Vancouver Canucks v Calgary Flames
Mark Giordano #5 of the Calgary Flames skates against Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome on January 18, 2021 in Calgary, Alberta.
Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s not the start to the season that Elias Pettersson envisioned.

Through four games, Pettersson has just one assist. Now, he’s been fined by the NHL for slashing Sean Monahan.

Pettersson was penalized on the play, and Calgary ended up scoring on the ensuing power play.

After the game, the young Swede admitted to being frustrated with the penalties he took against the Flames.

Two years ago, Pettersson busted into the league as a rookie with five points in two games, which turned into 10 goals in his first 10 games.

However last season, the 22-year-old had a “slow” start with a goal and an assist through four games. He did break things open with a three-point night against the Detroit Red Wings in Game Five of the regular season.

Here’s hoping that Pettersson puts his first NHL fine behind him, and busts out of his early-season slump against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.