Scoring was nice for Elias Pettersson.

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VANCOUVER , British Columbia (AP) — Winning was even better.The speedy rookie scored a pair of the goals, the second on a third-period breakaway, to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.The victory snapped the Canucks’ two-game losing streak and came on the heels of Vancouver’s 5-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.“It’s always fun to score,” said Pettersson, who is the 21st player in NHL history to score at least seven goals in his first seven games. “But I think the biggest thought in the team was to bounce back from our last home game and we did that.”Pettersson, who was picked fifth overall in the 2017 draft, leads all NHL rookies in goals and in points with 10.His opening goal came at 6:51 of the second period. He took a pass from defenseman Michael Del Zotto and shot a one-timer past Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk.“If I got the puck I knew I would do a one-timer,” Pettersson said. “It was a good pass, right in the wheelhouse.”The second goal early in the third had the crowd of 16,546 on their feet cheering. First, Pettersson blocked a shot at the blue line. Then, Brock Boeser passed the loose puck to the streaking 19-year-old from Sundsvall, Sweden, who beat Dubnyk high on the blocker side.“Good defense leads to good offense, so I want to do what I can do best in the situation,” Pettersson said. “In the defensive zone, if you have to block a shot for us to win, you do it.”Head coach Travis Green praised Pettersson’s hockey sense.“He’s got a really good mind for the game, his details are sharp Cheap Josh Allen Jersey ,” Green said. “He understands the defensive side of the game.“He’s caught onto it real quick playing center and he’ll be better. He’s going to get better in his own zone and he is every game. He’s a good player, does a lot of good things.”Markus Granlund and Jake Virtanen, on the power play, also scored for the Canucks, who snapped the Wild’s five-game winning streak. Ben Hutton scored into an empty net with 39.1 seconds remaining.Jordan Greenway scored his first NHL regular-season goal, and Ryan Sutter added a power-play goal for the Wild.Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau said his team paid the price for a slow start. Minnesota gave up the opening goal for the eighth time in the last nine games.“You keep doing that too often, I told them, it’s going to happen,” Boudreau said. “Nobody is able to come back all the time if you’re going to start that slow.”He also was frustrated his team took five penalties and gave up a power-play goal.“If you look the top-six players are playing too much and the bottom-six players aren’t playing enough,” he said. “That’s all due to penalties.“To me, the third and fourth lines are playing good most nights. I think they deserve to play a little more.”Boudreau was curt in his assessment of Pettersson.“He’s going to be a good player for a long time,” he said.One positive for the Wild was Greenway scoring his first goal. He collected a rebound of his own shot, then scored on scramble in the first period.“It was good for sure,” said the rookie, who was recalled Sunday from a two-game stint in the AHL where he had a hat trick Saturday. “It would have been a lot nicer to get a win with it.“I really wanted to get the pucks to the net, go to the net. It worked out for me. I might keep doing it.”Greenway did have a goal in the playoffs last year.The excitement provided by Pettersson overshadowed a 37-save performance by Canuck goaltender Jacob Markstrom.“He was great tonight, he wasn’t just good,” said Green. “They had the heat on us and . . . (Markstrom) was a rock back there.”Dubnyk, making his third consecutive start Authentic Josh Allen Jersey , stopped 26 shots for Minnesota.NOTES: Canucks center Brandon Sutter left the game early in the second period favoring his right shoulder after falling awkwardly into the boards. “He’s hurt and it’s not day-to-day, so it will be at least weeks,” Green said. … Horvat has four goals and two assists in his last seven games. . Canucks goaltender Anders Nilsson could miss up to three weeks after fracturing the finger on his blocker hand during Saturday morning’s skate. Backup Richard Bachman has been recalled from the AHL Utica Comets. … The Wild opened a seven-game, 14-day road trip, the longest in franchise history.UP NEXTMinnesota: At Edmonton on Tuesday.Vancouver: Home against Chicago on Wednesday. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The vendor at the Flyers merchandise kiosk on the main concourse scrolled through his phone as disinterested fans breezed by the $70 Stadium Series sweatshirts and $250 jerseys that suddenly seem as unwanted as a face value ticket. Shortly before faceoff, customers! A Flyers fan stops by and spends $5.39 on a foam finger that is supposed to convey the home team is No. 1.At least one Flyers fan in the stands had a different digit in mind.The scoreboard cameras caught a man in the first period flipping Gritty the bird.Yes, even the beloved Flyers furball can’t escape the wrath of agitated fans in what has become one of the biggest debacles in franchise history. The only part of the season more surprising than the unexpected popularity of their rookie mascot has been the dizzying dip in the standings from a year ago. The Flyers crashed from a 98-point team that made the playoffs to the one of the worst teams in the NHL; they fired the coach, the general manager and play in front of a half-empty Wells Fargo Center where tickets bottomed out at $9 a pop on StubHub on Wednesday.Hey, for a night, the discounted ducats were worth the price — the Flyers snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Dallas.But the win was just a rare respite for a franchise barreling toward the Feb. 25 trade deadline on the brink of another shakeup. The suit and tie guys are gone. General manager Chuck Fletcher was hired in November to replace Ron Hextall, who could not turn the Flyers into contenders after 4½ seasons, and he promptly fired coach Dave Hakstol after three-plus seasons without a playoff series win. Interim coach Scott Gordon is 4-7-2 in his brief tenure.That leaves the aging veterans in the orange-and-black sweaters, and perhaps some of the newer faces, on the market as Fletcher decides if the time is now for a full-blown roster revamp. Former All-Star forward Wayne Simmonds is in the last year of his contract and could be traded before the Flyers lose him for nothing. Simmonds, who has only 19 points this season, is perhaps the most important voice in the locker room and losing his leadership would hurt the Flyers as much as his point production. Just 30, Simmonds could be packaged for prospects and picks to a contender before he hits free agency.“Right now, you definitely can’t look at the big picture,” Simmonds said. “Obviously , the big picture doesn’t look good, so you’ve got to start small and we’ve got to start making strides from there.”Hextall’s inability to turn things around was among the reasons he was unexpectedly dismissed Nov. 26. Philadelphia hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since 1975 and was ready to try to contend after several years of retooling.They instead enter Saturday’s game at New Jersey sitting 30th in the NHL standings at 16-22-6 (38 points).How did it get this bad?— Start in net. The Flyers tied an NHL record this week with Mike McKenna becoming their seventh goaltender to play this season. The Flyers became the fourth team in league history to hit that ignominious milestone and reached it in just 43 games. The Flyers banked on Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth to man the pipes while top prospect Carter Hart gained experience in the minors. Elliott and Neuvirth have been injured most of the season and patchwork effort was a bust, forcing the Flyers to call up Hart (3-4-1) last month to steady the team.— The farm system had failed to produce stars after a string of bad drafts last decade and expected cornerstones such as Nolan Patrick (No. 2 pick of 2017 draft; 22 games without a goal), and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov have yielded inconsistent results instead of serving as significant keys to a rebuild.— The vets have disappeared. Claude Giroux, the last holdover from the 2010 Stanley Cup final team, is again an All-Star. But Simmonds, Jake Voracek, van Riemsdyk and Sean Couturier have been hit by injury and inconsistency.“When times do get tough, it’s what’s in our locker room that really matters and what really counts,” Hart said.The 20-year-old Hart will be the anchor and has been an instant fan favorite. He’s been recognized a couple of times in public — he had to smile recounting a photo he took with an employee at a local Lululemon — but otherwise blends in like any other young kid walking a mall.The Flyers have averaged more than 19,000 fans a game each season since 1996 but the crowd has thinned and ticket prices have hit rock bottom at the same time a $250 million renovation is underway at the Wells Fargo Center. It hasn’t helped that the 76ers, a fellow tenant, pack the place every night.“The winning side of it is a lot more fun than the losing side of it, but we can only deal with the circumstances that we have and right now,” Gordon said.Gritty has provided the Flyers a mainstream buzz they would have missed had it not been for his burst of supersized jersey full of fun.Gritty kicked a field goal at a recent home loss blindfolded both in a nod to “Bird Box” and a shot at Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey. Flyers fans saved their loudest cheers for the skit and accompanying Eagles highlights.Once play resumed, they could have used the blindfold.

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