Canucks' Elias Pettersson leaves game with leg injury

Jan 4 2019, 2:06 pm

The Vancouver Canucks lost more than a hockey game in Montreal on Thursday.

The 2-0 loss to the Canadiens is of secondary concern to the Canucks and their fans, as Elias Pettersson left the game with what looked like a leg injury in the second period.

Pettersson was hooked and got tangled up with fellow rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi, resulting in an awkward fall to the ice by the Canucks’ best player. Here’s the play:

Pettersson appeared to be in a great deal of pain, staying on the ice for about 45 seconds before skating off with his own power.

Canucks head coach Travis Green didn’t have much to say about his condition, other than to characterize it as a “lower body” injury, adding that there was no timeline for his return.

“It’s not a dirty play by their player at all,” said Green. “[Pettersson] gets hooked a little bit, Petey actually pushes back on him, and leans back and probably tries to give him a little bit of a reverse hit. And two young guys fall to the ice.”

At 18 years old, Kotkaniemi is the youngest player in the league, and doesn’t have a reputation as a dirty player. While he certainly deserved a penalty for hooking Pettersson initially, there didn’t appear to be any intent to injure.

Pettersson will travel with the team to Toronto, where the Canucks will play the Maple Leafs on Saturday. He’ll almost certainly miss that game – the Canucks hope he won’t miss much more.

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