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Elias Pettersson suffers apparent head injury vs. Panthers

Elias Pettersson is having a fantastic start to his NHL career. He’s now encountered his first speed bump.

The 19-year-old was tossed to the ice by Panthers’ blueliner Mike Matheson during the third period of Saturday’s victory and was forced to exit the game.

Pettersson, who already scored his fifth goal of the season earlier in the contest, went to retrieve a puck in the corner before he appeared to be boarded and taken down by Matheson.

Ian MacIntyre is reporting Pettersson suffered a head injury.

Here’s a look at the play:

Matheson wasn’t assessed a penalty on the play.

Pettersson appeared to hit his head on both the glass and then on the ice. He tried to stand up on his own but ultimately needed the assistance of Canucks’ trainer Jon Sanderson in order to get off the ice.

The young phenom played all of two shifts in the third period before suffering the injury and not returning. The Canucks weren’t able to provide an update on Pettersson’s status following the game.

Coach Travis Green stated in his post-game that it was a dirty play, but he didn’t want his players chasing around a guy in a 3-2 game.

In terms of retaliation, Antoine Roussel said following the game that the score should be settled with Matheson, but that will happen at Rogers Arena in the rematch, as the Canucks needed the two points tonight.

The Canucks do expect the NHL to take action and issue Matheson supplemental discipline.

Pettersson has been sensational in his young NHL career to date, recording five goals and eight points through five contests.

Wishing the best for the young Swede.

  • Canuck4Life20

    So how many seconds late was that body slam? The ref was staring right at it and should have called a penalty. It was a pathetic non-call and a pathetic non-response by the rest of the team, including the head coach with his comments after the game.

    I have zero faith in the NHL to do the right thing and suspend this plug.

  • LTFan

    Two points. 1. The throw down was a penalty – what was the ref thinking(?). 2. There should have been an instant retribution from the nearest Canuck player on Matheson.

  • Jaguar

    Give the ref a cane! How did he miss the take down? Really! And where was the support? I’d rather lose the game, if that was the stake but someone should have showed a push back against the perpetrator to show that the team cares about their “ superstar” cos that’s what he is

  • Jaguar

    Give the ref a cane! How did he miss the take down? Really! And where was the support? I’d rather lose the game, if that was the stake but someone should have showed a push back against the perpetrator to show that the team cares about their “ superstar” cos that’s what he is
    The team never protected the Sedins from all the punishment they took either!

  • Chris the Curmudgeon

    Kerry Fraser is that you? Though it is nice of the NHL to continue their longstanding tradition of non-discrimination against the visually impaired in their hiring of officials, there are times when it seems inappropriate. (PS no disrespect to all of the other blind people not employed by the NHL with that last remark).

  • wojohowitz

    That was so lame about payback three months later. They should have been on that guy the next shift and did you notice the stickwork after the hit. Florida knew there was no pushback – they could cheapshot the Canucks all they wanted and they did. Peties first concussion.

  • Bud Poile

    Note Guddy watching THE FRANCHISE skating off concussed?
    You’re not Paul Coffey,Guddy.
    Show up for your team mate or leave.
    Coach Green should now be on a short leash for being a f’n pansy and Bo,as we say in Asia,you just lost your face.

    • Giant-Nation

      Pathetic response, Green you need EP40 to win games why are you talking about the freaking win. If your team won’t respond when Guys like Boeser EP or Hughes get runned guess what is always going to happen. So soft = Hate to be a skill guy on this team, fu$# the two points protect your stars or kiss your future 2 points goodbye!!!

  • Jaguar

    I moved to Edmonton, Canada in the 80s when Gretzky ruled and I supported the Oilers then; nobody touched him cos Semenko was there. When he went to LA, he took McSorley with him. This kid, Elias, is excellent but he’s 19 and slight. Protect him for now and the future.

  • Kootenaydude

    I am pissed, and not even at the Florida player. I’m pissed at Guddy for all his talk about how he sticks up for his fellow players. I am pissed because Roussel, our so called enforcer, did nothing. I am pissed because our coach did nothing. I am pissed because I had to listen to Benning say he put together this team to protect the young guys. Most of all I am pissed at the entire team. Not a single one of them stuck up for Elias. Not a single one!! Every player on this team sucks!! The win means nothing. Without Pettersson what are these bums going to do? They sure as hell aren’t going to win the Stanley Cup. This was a chance to show that they are a team that won’t let their fellow players get pushed around. They should be ashamed. They let their best player down. They let their fans down. I couldn’t care less if I ever watch these spineless bums play again!!