The Vancouver Canucks’ start to the NHL season is nothing but spectacular, and Elias Pettersson is absolutely flying right now. He was the NHL point leader heading into Thursday’s game with the Ottawa Senators and made the gap to the second person in the list even bigger with three points in the 5-2 win.
Canucks set a new franchise record for the fewest games to reach ten wins in just their 13th of the season. It’s also the first time since 2010 that the Canucks start November 4-0-0.
As for Elias Pettersson, he’s now recorded a point in seven straight games and has seven goals and 17 assists through 13. Elias Pettersson had two assists in the game against Ottawa, to Canucks’ 2-0 and 4-2 goals, and scored the last goal of the game to make it 5-2.
The Canucks were on a questionable powerplay, as Connor Garland got hit by his own stick from Jakob Chychrun’s stick lift. It shouldn’t have been called a penalty, but the Canucks capitalized on the referees’ mistakes by scoring immediately.
The Canucks won the draw, and Pettersson fired away a perfect one-timer, leaving Anton Forsberg in the Senators’ goal chanceless.
On social media, fans praised Pettersson for the incredible goal, with some even saying it’s the hardest shot this season.
”Good lord,” one said.
”Hard to draw it up any better than that,” another said.
”A shot in the goal at the speed of light,” a third added.
It was a historic night for the Canucks in more ways too.
Their +21 goal differential is a franchise record in any 5-game span, and Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes and J.T. Miller became the first teammate trio with 20 points in a team’s first 13 games of a season since the 2005-06 Senators, with Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza did it.