Detroit Red Wings blow lead at start of 3rd in 3-2 loss at Vancouver
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Elias Pettersson was hard on himself after his first game back from a knee injury. His coach was more forgiving.
Pettersson had a goal and an assist, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Sunday.
“I felt I lost the puck a few times, made some bad decisions, some turnovers. But I’ve just got to play it simple,” Pettersson said.
The 20-year-old rookie, who ran his point total this season to 44, missed five games after suffering an MCL sprain on Jan. 3.
Antoine Roussel scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and Bo Horvat also scored for Vancouver.
Pettersson’s goal gave Vancouver the early lead, but the team had to rally from a 2-1 deficit after an ugly second period.
Roussel broke a 2-2 tie with 6:47 remaining in the game, tipping in a shot fired by Jake Virtanen. The play came less than three minutes after Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped Roussel on a breakaway.
Horvat evened the game 7:27 into the third period.
Frans Nielsen and Thomas Vanek scored for Detroit as Bernier had 28 saves.
Vanek said it was frustrating for his team to give up another third-period lead.
“It’s tough. We’re all pros, we want to win,” he said. “It’s no fun when you keep losing, but I think at least we are at the stage where we are playing consistently well. There’s not bonus points for that unfortunately, but as a group we just have to put it behind us.”