(UPDATE: Matheson will have a Monday phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety.)
Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green didn’t need to mince words when he was asked about the controversial hit that knocked one of his star players out of Saturday’s game.
Pettersson, as you will see below, put a nice move on Matheson moments before the hit.
Matheson didn’t take too kindly getting beat by the skilled Swede, and on his next opportunity, hit Pettersson and then threw him viciously down onto the ice. It appeared that the 19-year-old’s head bounced off the ice shortly after getting thrown down.
As you can see, Pettersson struggled to get back to his feet, falling over on his first attempt. He was able to get to his feet after waiting a moment, but he definitely looked woozy.
The Canucks refrained from getting retribution on the night, but Antoine Roussel made it clear that they’ll see the Panthers again.
“It’s a long season, we’ll catch them back,” Roussel said after the game.
“Looked like WWE to me,” said Sven Baertschi.
Pettersson had already done what he does best earlier in the game, sniping a shot on the power play that James Reimer had zero chance at saving.
The goal matched a team record for longest point streak by a player to start his career at five games. Pettersson has been a godsend to the Canucks and has five goals and three assists during that span.
Green had no update on Pettersson’s status after the game.
The Canucks held on to win 3-2.