Canucks star Elias Pettersson greets a pair of young fans prior to Monday’s exhibition game against the Ottawa Senators on Monday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Vancouver Canucks impress in win at Abbotsford Centre

Canucks defeat Senators 6-4 in front of sell-out crowd at Abby Centre

The Vancouver Canucks brought all the big offensive guns to the Abbotsford Centre on Monday night, and they didn’t disappoint a sell-out crowd of 7,040 for the team’s exhibition game against the Ottawa Senators.

Elias Pettersson collected two goals and two assists, Alex Edler had one goal and three assists and Brock Boeser had a three-point night as the Canucks cruised to a 6-4 win.

Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan opened the scoring at 6:53 of the first period, but Vancouver replied with goals from J.T. Miller, Pettersson and Edler to go up 3-1 after 20 minutes. Both Miller and Pettersson’s goals were on the power play, which was a threat all night from the Canucks.

Senators forward Artem Anisimov made it a 3-2 game at 9:19 of the second period, but Pettersson restored the two-goal lead about three minutes later with another power play marker. Rudolfs Balcers made it a one-goal game again just 41 seconds after Pettersson’s second goal, but Jordie Benn scored a late goal to make it 5-3 Canucks after 40 minutes.

Bo Horvat put the Canucks up 6-3 early into the third period with another power play goal, and Ottawa’s Chris Tierney added the final goal of game.

Abbotsford native Jake Virtanen recorded one shot on goal and four penalty minutes. Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom faced a lot of rubber, making 41 saves in the win.

Petterson had praise for the Abbotsford fans, including his respect for local fans usage of the wave.

“Great first game for me here,” he told media after the game. “Crowd was great, they did the wave in the third period which was really good. It was really fun to see, fun to play in a new rink.”

Abbotsford fans also got a special treat, as several Canucks players participated in a special meet and greet outside the Abbotsford Centre on Monday afternoon. Players including Pettersson, Horvet, Boeser, Virtanen and others took pictures, signed autographs and chatted with hundreds of fans who braved the weather for an opportunity to meet their heroes.

Photos by: John Morrow/Abbotsford News

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