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VANCOUVER Adidas Jonny Brodzinski Jersey , British Columbia (AP) — Chalk up another first for Elias Pettersson.The rookie sensation scored on his initial NHL penalty shot and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 Thursday night to snap a four-game losing streak.Pettersson made it look easy, snaking his way across the ice, making a couple of dekes, then slipping the puck past the toe of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne to give Vancouver a 4-1 lead late in the second period.“I was trying to fake and go right to left,” said Pettersson, who also had an assist. “It worked out this time.”Bo Horvat said it’s the kind of play the Canucks have come to expect from the 20-year-old Swede.“It was a highly skilled move by a highly skilled player,” said Horvat, who had a goal and an assist. “You expect him to do those kinds of things and it’s nice to see that go in for him.”Pettersson was awarded the penalty shot with 1:11 left in the second period after being hauled down on a breakaway by Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm. Pettersson took his time getting to his feet.“I was mostly tired, actually,” he said. “I took some time to rest. I was ready to go when the ref blew the whistle.”Picked fifth overall in the 2017 draft, Pettersson leads all rookies with 14 goals and 25 points. He started the season with nine goals and six assists in his first nine games but had just one goal and three assists in his last eight.“Some games you can create a lot and have zero points,” he said. “Sometimes you create two chances and you have two points.“I’m only focusing on playing a good game, then the points will eventually come.”Jake Virtanen also had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who have just two wins in their last 14 games (2-10-2).Alex Edler Adidas Peter Budaj Jersey , on the power play, and Loui Eriksson also scored for Vancouver (12-16-3). Antoine Roussel had two assists. Nikolay Goldobin, a healthy scratch in Vancouver’s 3-2 loss Tuesday to Minnesota, assisted on Edler’s goal to give him a team-leading 13 helpers.Ryan Hartman, Colton Sissons and Matt Irwin scored for Nashville (19-9-1), which won its previous two games. Rinne, making his sixth straight start, had 21 saves before being replaced to start the third period by Juuse Saros. He stopped four shots.Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 26 saves.The line of Horvat, Virtanen and Roussel was particularly effective, combining for six points, two goals and plenty of chances.“I felt like with our speed we were catching them on 2-on-1s a lot,” Virtanen said.With just 26 seconds left in the first period, Horvat took a feed from Virtanen and rifled a shot under the crossbar.“Bo had a great finish,” Virtanen said. “It was a perfect shot.”Virtanen’s goal came early in the second on a 2-on-1 break started by Horvat. Roussel carried the puck into the Nashville end Adidas Matt Read Jersey , then slid a pass past defenseman Ryan Ellis that Virtanen fired by Rinne.The Predators, who were playing without three of their top forwards and one of their best defensemen, looked sluggish early and trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes.“That was a little bit ugly,” Sissons said. “We came out extremely slow and (with) a lack of determination and they were quite the opposite.“We didn’t show up ready to play.”The Predators made things interesting with a couple of goals late in the third period.“I thought we pushed back in the second half of the game, but it was too late,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “The start wasn’t good, and it ended up costing the game.”The victory blew some confidence back into the Canucks’ sails as the team heads out on the road for games in St. Louis, Columbus and Nashville.“I can’t stress how huge that was for us,” said Horvat, who has nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last nine games. “We have to keep it going now.“We can’t win one, then lose a couple. We have to keep our spirits high and keep the positive momentum going into the road and try and get some wins.”NOTES: Eriksson’s goal was his first point in 11 games. … In a span of 1:40 during the first period, Edler scored a goal, flattened Yannick Weber with a big hit and was called for a penalty. … The Canucks went 0 for 12 on the power play in their previous four games. … D Michael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch for the first time since an eight-game stretch in October. … The Predators played without forwards Kyle Turris Adidas Matt Hendricks Jersey , Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson, and defenseman P.K. Subban — all due to injury.UP NEXTPredators: Play at Calgary on Saturday night.Canucks: Play at St. Louis on Sunday afternoon. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big games from Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar have been infrequent for the Los Angeles Kings this season. On Sunday, the franchise’s cornerstone players delivered against the Edmonton Oilers.Dustin Brown recorded a hat trick, Anze Kopitar scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and had two assists and the Kings defeated the Oilers 5-2.“Sometimes it just comes down to players feeling good on certain nights, and I think me and (Kopitar) and (Alex Iafallo) all felt really well going into the game,” Brown said.Matt Luff also scored and Cal Petersen made 32 saves for the Kings, who snapped a five-game home losing streak.Alex Chiasson scored twice for the Oilers, who went 1-1-1 during their first road trip under new coach Ken Hitchcock. Connor McDavid had an assist to extend his point streak to six games, and Cam Talbot made 27 saves.Kopitar put the Kings in front 4:27 into the third period when Derek Forbort sprung the Kings’ captain for a breakaway with a long pass into the neutral zone. Kopitar used a wrist shot through Talbot’s legs for his third goal in the last five games.Brown completed his hat trick at 19:06 with an empty-net goal. Brown’s fifth career hat trick was the second multi-goal game by a Kings player this season.Kings coach Willie Desjardins said the top line of Kopitar, Brown and Iafallo has been feeling the pressure as scoring chances had dried up. But that group was vital as the Kings scored more than three goals for the first time since a 4-1 win over Anaheim on Nov. 6, in Desjardin’s first game in charge.“They have worked hard and it’s nice to kind of get the monkey off your back where you’re finally scoring a little bit, so it was good to see them get (four),” Desjardins said.Luff added an empty-netter at 19:33 to extend his scoring streak to four games. He is the fifth Kings rookie to have a scoring streak of at least four games and the first to do it since Jimmy Carson had a goal in seven straight from March 19-30, 1987.Brown scored on the power play to tie the game at 2-all 4:13 into the second period after Chiasson put Edmonton in front at 2:16.Chiasson tied it at 1-1 at 13:19 into the first period with his ninth goal of the season. McDavid picked up his 10th point and seventh assist during his point streak.Chiasson has four goals in his past five games. Hitchcock said he would consider giving Chiasson a chance to play with McDavid on the top line after seeing them connect on Chiasson’s second power-play goal.“He doesn’t have great foot speed Adidas Eric Fehr Jersey , but he’s got great offensive instincts and where he’s really good is down low,” Hitchcock said. “He gets himself into great spots. I think we got to consider bouncing him up one notch.”Brown gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 7:56, tapping in a pass from Kopitar at the back post after they got in behind three Oilers. It was Brown’s first goal since Nov. 3 and ended a stretch of eight games without scoring.Hitchcock viewed his first week with the Oilers as a success and expects the team to make significant strides moving forward.“I’m really excited by the potential,” Hitchcock said. “I know we can get better and I know that it’s there, but I also know we came in three tough buildings. All their best players, they all got rings, and they were the best players tonight. And we still went at those guys pretty hard, so that’s a good sign.”NOTES: Kings F Carl Hagelin was placed on injured reserve after sustaining a sprained MCL in his knee against Vancouver on Saturday. Hagelin will have an MRI on Monday. … Kings G Jonathan Quick is expected to return during the team’s upcoming three-game Canadian road trip, coach Willie Desjardins said. Quick has not played since sustaining a knee injury in practice on Oct. 27 that required surgery.UP NEXTOilers: Host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.Kings: Visit the Canucks on Tuesday.

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