Pettersson scores for Canucks in NHL debut in win against Flames – NHL.com

With his parents having traveled from Sweden to attend his first game, Pettersson scored on his first NHL shot. The No. 5 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft kept the puck on a 2-on-1 and finished with a wrist shot just under the crossbar at 13:48 of the first period for a 1-0 lead.

“Everyone on the team congratulated me, including the coaches, and then I didn’t expect a standing ovation from the crowd, so that was amazing,” Pettersson said. “I’m glad to do it with all these guys, make my dream come true.”

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The 19-year-old center led the Swedish Hockey League in scoring with 56 points (24 goals, 32 assists) in 44 games and was named league MVP in the regular season and playoffs last season. He admitted to being nervous before his first NHL game but said it ended after warm ups.

“I wanted to have fun as much as possible, enjoy it,” Pettersson said. “You only make one debut. And it went very good.”

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Having his parents in the crowd made it more special.

“Without them, I’m not here,” Pettersson said.

Nikolay Goldobin, Brendan Leipsic, Jake Virtanen and Tyler Motte also scored, and Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves for the Canucks, who won their fifth straight season opener, the longest active streak in the NHL.

Playing their first game since April 2000 without either Henrik Sedin or Daniel Sedin, who retired after last season, all five Vancouver goal scorers were under 25.

“It’s nice to see the young guys get rewarded,” coach Travis Green said.

Pettersson made a nice lateral pass out of the slot to set up Goldobin’s goal that made it 2-0 at 1:52 of the third period, and Leipsic converted

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