Elias Pettersson scores twice to finish 7-game drought, assist Canucks finish 3-game slide

Elias Pettersson scored twice to finish a seven-game objective drought, Thatcher Demko made 31 saves and the Vancouver Canucks beat the hometown Washington Capitals 4-2 Sunday to snap a three-game shedding streak.

Pettersson had not scored in additional than a month, a span of seven video games relationship to Vancouver’s sport in opposition to Columbus on Dec. 14. He scored twice within the first 5 minutes of the second interval, the primary on the facility play and second at even power, to get the Canucks on the board and provides them the lead.

Demko made positive they saved it, making a left pad save to cease Daniel Sprong on their lonesome in tight and gobbling up a shot from Alex Ovechkin, who scored on the facility play within the first. Captain Bo Horvat scored on the Canucks’ second energy play of the sport, making them 2-for-2 after an 0-for-12 stretch the previous three video games coincided with an 0-3-0 begin to this highway journey.

After shedding at Florida, Tampa Bay and Carolina, Vancouver received for the primary time since Jan. 1, beating the workforce coach Bruce Boudreau received his first NHL job with in 2007. It was Boudreau’s first sport behind the bench in Washington since March 22, 2019 when he was with Minnesota.

In fact, not earlier than Ovechkin took one other step in his pursuit of Wayne Gretzky’s objectives report. He scored his 756th profession objective, his twenty sixth of the season to tie Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl for the league lead.

Ovechkin additionally tied Draisaitl for probably the most factors within the league with 54. The longtime Capitals captain who performed for Boudreau from 2007-11 now has 9 objectives in 12 video games in opposition to him.

Requested the way to cease Ovechkin, Boudreau joked, “Ask him to not come on the ice can be the very first thing.”

Ilya Samsonov allowed three objectives on eight pictures within the second interval, ending with 28 saves in one other uneasy displaying in web that raises extra questions concerning the place for Washington. Tom Wilson additionally scored on the facility play within the third, his eleventh objective of the season, however J.T. Miller sealed it with an empty-netter within the ultimate minute.

Capitals defenceman John Carlson missed his first sport of the season after going into COVID-19 protocol, making Ovechkin the one participant on the workforce to play in all 39 video games to date.

Canucks ahead Conor Garland went into COVID-19 protocol with Alex Chiasson, who received the Stanley Cup with the Capitals in 2018, changing him within the lineup.