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Elias Pettersson’s five-point game carries Canucks past Kraken

Dec 22, 2022; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Seattle Kraken defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (24) and goalie Martin Jones (30) and Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser (6) watch the puck hits the post in the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Elias Pettersson had a five-point night and scored the winner in a shootout as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the visiting Seattle Kraken 6-5 on Thursday.

Pettersson — who had missed the previous two games, both losses, with an illness — had two goals and three assists Thursday. He scored the tying goal on a one-timer from the right faceoff circle at 18:40 of the third period, with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker.

Pettersson nearly had a hat trick, but he put a shot off the crossbar in overtime.

Andrei Kuzmenko added a goal and two assists for the Canucks, who never led in regulation. Lane Pederson had a goal and an assist and Brock Boeser also tallied. Spencer Martin made 31 saves.

Daniel Sprong scored twice and Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and an assist for the second-year Kraken, which is 0-5-1 all-time against their Pacific Division rivals.

Jared McCann and Alex Wennberg also scored for Seattle. Martin Jones stopped 32 of 37 shots.

The Kraken opened the scoring at 7:01 of the first as McCann scored on a wrist shot from just outside the blue line along the right-wing boards.

The Canucks tied it at 17:17 of the period on a two-on-one break, with Pederson converting a nifty pass from Pettersson.

The Kraken took the lead with two goals in a 10-second span early in the second period.

Taking a pass from Jaden Schwartz on a two-on-one breakaway, Bjorkstrand broke the tie with a wrist shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle at 3:28.

Seconds later, Sprong redirected Adam Larsson’s shot from the right point into the far upper corner of the net.

The Canucks pulled within 3-2 as Pettersson tipped Luke Schenn’s wrister from the top of the right faceoff circle past Jones at 8:09 of the second.

The Kraken restored their two-goal edge at 13:29. Martin stopped Will Borgen’s slap shot, but Bjorkstrand was able to corral the rebound and dropped a pass for Wennberg, who scored on a wrister from the low slot.

Kuzmenko converted on a four-on-two rush at 5:13 of the third to make it 4-3.

Sprong tapped in a pass from Brandon Tanev at 6:17 to put Seattle back up by two.

Boeser scored on the power play at 8:52 to pull the Canucks within 5-4.

–Field Level Media