Pouliot caps Pettersson's big night, Canucks beat Avs in OT

Pouliot caps Pettersson's big night, Canucks beat Avs in OT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Elias Pettersson's teammates could not quite find the words to describe the rookie played on Friday night.

Derrick Pouliot's winner in overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a win 7-6 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

"Wow," Vancouver's Bo Horvat said when asked about Pettersson's performance.

Brock Boeser's stick, setting the right wing up for a go-ahead early goal in the second period.

Pettersson said, "Who's the youngest player in Canucks at least five points in a regular-season game?"

The NHL's rookie of the month for October. The play was the latest in a string of highlight-reel worthy moves.

Canucks coach Travis Green said Pettersson has played through nine NHL games.

"We knew he was supposed to be a pretty good player. And he's been all that, "he said.

Petterson's second goal of the night tied the score with 36 seconds remaining in regulation – the game's sixth tie – just 1:01 after Nathan MacKinnon gave the Avalanche a 6-5 lead.

"I got goosebumps when we tied the game late," Pettersson said.

Gabriel Bourque and in with 22 seconds left on the clock in overtime.

Boeser scored twice, and Loui Eriksson and Markus Granlund had the other goals for Vancouver in a game or team lead by more than one goal. Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 shots.

Sheldon Dries, Ian Cole, Alexander Kerfoot and Nikita Zadorov also scored for Colorado, and NHL points leader Mikko Rantanen had three assists. Philipp Grubauer finished with 30 saves.

The Avalanche completed 0-2-1 road trip, including a 6-5 defeat at Calgary on Thursday night.

"It's been a weird seven periods," Grubauer said. "It's not the best road trip, to be sure. We'll need to keep working, if we're smart as a team, we'll learn from this road trip, learn from our mistakes. "

Green had no complaints after the Canucks' third straight win.

"Wow. What a night. Seems like a lot of ups and downs. That's a fun game to coach, "he said. "That what a bright of a win."

Zadorov gave Colorado a 5-4 lead 1:30 into the third period with first of the season.

Granlund responded to the Canucks on a power play just past the midpoint of the period. Vancouver right wing Nikolay Goldobin struggled to hang on to the puck in front of the net, but found a way to dish it to Granlund, who popped it in past Grubauer.

The teams combined for seven goals in the second period, with Dries starting the flurry 1:38 in the heir to a shot from Kerfoot into the net to the score 1-1.

Pettersson to put Vancouver back ahead. Boeser got his second of the night. Just 50 seconds, Cole tied it up and put it in the top right corner of the net.

Eriksson put Vancouver ahead 3-2 at 8:47, settling a bouncing puck and popping it past Grubauer for his first. MacKinnon tied things up again two minutes later, scoring a give-and-go with Rantanen.

Kerfoot gave Colorado its first lead with 7:24 left in the middle period, splitting the Vancouver defense and firing a wrist shot past Markstrom.

Pettersson tied it 4-4 as he scooped up a rebound at the top of the crease and poked it in with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the period.

Boeser got the canucks on the board just 58 seconds into the game. The right wing got the puck on his tape and flipped a shot past Grubauer.

NOTES: Four players tallied their first goals of the season on Friday. Zadorov and Cole for the Avs, and Eriksson and Pouliot for the Canucks. … Pettersson has nine goals and six assists in nine games. He's the 16th player in the league to score nine or more goals through the first nine games of his career, and just the sixth to complete the feat outside the league's inaugural season.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: Host Nashville on Wednesday night.

Canucks: Visit Detroit on Tuesday night to open a six-game trip.

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