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VANCOUVER Womens Justin Faulk Jersey , British Columbia (AP) — Elias Pettersson had one thought when he hit the ice before his first NHL game — stay upright.The 19-year-old Vancouver Canucks‘ center said he knew about the league’s tradition of initiating rookies with a solo skate during warm-ups, but hoped his teammates might make an exception.“Maybe I thought they would forget it because it was lonely, not that fun,” he said. “My only focus was not to fall.”Not only did Pettersson stay on his feet, he scored his first NHL goal on his first shot and also had an assist in the Canucks’ 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.Nikolay Goldobin, Brendan Leipsic, Jake Virtanen and Tyler Motte also scored for Vancouver. Jacob Markstrom stopped 33 shots.Pettersson opened the scoring with 6:12 left in the first period, picking up the puck in the neutral zone, springing into the Calgary end with teammate Derrick Pouliot on a 2-on-1. Petterson kept the puck and fired a wrist shot into the top of the net.The goal brought chants of “Petter-sson” from the crowd.“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,” said Pettersson, whose parents were among those in attendance.Teammate Eric Gudbranson said Pettersson, who led the Swedish hockey league in scoring last season with 56 poi8nts in 44 games, was ‘an absolute stud’ in his NHL debut.“One of the most impressive things about him is how responsible he is and how competitive he is,” Gudbranson said. “If he turns the puck over, he’s right back on it and he takes it away from you. He doesn’t give up anything. He plays the game incredibly well.”Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan had goals for the Flames Minnesota Wild T-Shirts Womens , and Mike Smith finished with 18 saves.Even Smith had kind words for Pettersson.“He made a great shot, he put right in the top corner. I got a piece of it with the glove, but yeah I have heard quite a bit about this young kid and he let her go and hit the perfect spot there,” Smith said.Pettersson then got an assist on Goldobin’s goal in the third period. Pettersson got the puck in front of the net and passed it off to his teammate, who tipped it in at the side to make it 2-0 at 1:52.Nearly 30 seconds later, Leipsic sneaked a puck into the same spot to put the Canucks up 3-0.Tkachuk then caught Markstrom too far out of the net and buried the puck to put the Flames on the scoreboard at 3:08. Defenseman Noah Hanifin got a secondary assist on the play for his first point with Calgary after being acquired from Carolina during the summer.Virtanen responded by getting a breakaway and sliding the puck in past Smith as he fell to the ice to make it 4-1 at 5:46.Monahan pulled the Flames within two again as he ended a battle outside the Vancouver crease with a wrist shot that slipped through Markstrom’s legs and into the net at 8:08.“Not enough pace, and not enough execution on it and not enough desperation,” Flames coach Bill Peters said. “At one point, I think through 40 (minutes) we were 1 for 7 on faceoffs on the power play, so it’s an important part of the game.”Vancouver’s Motte got a pass from Markus Granlund and put a long shot into the empty net with 47 seconds to go to cap the scoring.NOTES: Vancouver held Calgary scoreless on seven power plays. … Gudbranson spent nine minutes in the box, including a five-minute penalty he earned after dropping the gloves with Calgary’s Travis Hamonic midway through the first period. … Hamonic, who also received a five-minute major for his fight with Gudbranson, left the game but later returned wearing a full-face maskUP NEXTCalgary: Host Vancouver in the Flames’ home opener on Saturday.Canucks: At Calgary on Saturday night to open a six-game trip. TORONTO (AP) — On a night when Patrick Marleau celebrated his 1,600th NHL game, Mitch Marner did what he does best: set up goals.The 21-year-old winger had three assists and Marleau added another as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday.“He has great vision out there,” the 39-year-old Marleau said. “The way he skates and handles the puck Chris Terry Jersey Womens , he can maneuver around guys and draw guys to him. He did that quite a bit tonight.”Igor Ozhiganov scored his first career goal, Travis Dermott netted his second and Frederik Andersen made 38 saves to earn his 13th win of the season. Josh Leivo and Zach Hyman had the other goals for the Maple Leafs (17-8-0).David Pastrnak, who had a hat trick in a 5-1 win over Toronto on Nov. 10, scored twice for Boston (13-7-4).Marner had two primary assists, upping his NHL-best total to 24 (he has 27 assists in all).“He’s found a nice groove here,” Marleau said. “He’s only going to keep getting better, I think. And that’s pretty scary.”It was the 10th multi-assist game of the season for Marner, who also has six goals.“With the puck, without the puck, he’s definitely a slippery guy,” said Dermott, who scored the first goal of the game off an assist from Marner. “And if you get open, he’s going to find you and get the puck to you right on the tape and pretty flat. He’s a guy you want to be out there with.”Each team scored twice in a frenetic second period as Boston outshot Toronto 18-9. With the Maple Leafs leading 3-2 in the third, Danton Heinen hit the post for the Bruins.Hyman added an empty-net goal with 1:35 remaining to seal Toronto’s fifth straight home win.The Bruins lost Kevan Miller late in the first period after the defenseman took a puck to the throat off a shot by John Tavares. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said Miller went to the hospital and was to remain overnight for observation, with some swelling in the throat area.“Right now he’s out of any danger, from what we’ve heard Nick Foligno Jersey ,” Cassidy said.“Looks like X-rays are negative,” he added. “They’re going to keep him overnight for observation, make sure his breathing stays normal. Hopefully he’s able to fly back (Tuesday), that’s the plan.”Both teams were playing their fourth game in six nights.The Bruins, who won 3-2 in Montreal on Saturday night, had won two straight and three of four. Toronto was coming off a 6-0 win over visiting Philadelphia on Saturday night.Marleau became the 11th NHL player to reach 1,600 regular-season games. He has missed just 31 games over 21 seasons since making his debut on Oct. 1, 1997.“Great, great human being,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said before the game.“Hard worker, great pro, great person,” he added. “So important for this team it’s not even funny and I’m not even talking about what he does on the ice. He’s fantastic.”Marleau received a standing ovation after a video tribute in the first period.“That was amazing. It was unexpected, but it was greatly appreciated,” he said.Dermott beat Jaroslav Halak with a shot through traffic 17:44 into the game for his first of the season after the Bruins’ top line couldn’t clear the puck.Boston, gaining momentum Authentic Oliver Bjorkstrand Jersey , outshot Toronto 10-0 to open the second before Toronto registered a shot midway through the period. Pastrnak, off a feed from Brad Marchand, tied it on the power play at 3:39The Bruins hit another post on the power play later in the second. Seconds later, with the penalty over, a freewheeling Marner found Ozhiganov cruising in from the point and his shot banked in off a Boston body at 13:06.Pastrnak tied it at 14:22, taking Torey Krug’s nifty pass to the side of the net before slotting it past Andersen to increase his season total to 19.Leivo put Toronto ahead 3-2 on the power play at 18:38, banging home Tyler Ennis‘ rebound after a rush by Marner.NOTES: Andersen is 11-1-0 in the regular season against Boston and 3-3 in the postseason. His last meaningful start against the Bruins was Game 7 of the first round of the 2018 playoffs when Boston rallied to end the Maple Leafs’ season with a 7-4 win. … It was the 672nd meeting between the two Original Six teams in a rivalry that dates back to 1924. … Both clubs were missing key players. Toronto was without Auston Matthews (shoulder), and restricted free agent William Nylander remains unsigned. The Bruins injury list included star center Patrice Bergeron (rib), and defensemen Zdeno Chara (left knee) and Charlie McAvoy (concussion). Sweden’s Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, known as JFK, centered the Bruins’ top line in Bergeron’s absence. … Toronto defenseman Nikita Zaitsev missed the morning skate because of illness but played anyway.UP NEXTBruins: Host the New York Islanders on Thursday night.Maple Leafs: Host the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.