Canucks: 3 takeaways from 7-5 win over the Blackhawks

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Pettersson and luck of the lotto line

With his second consecutive selection to make an All-Star Game appearance, Pettersson — the lone Canucks representative — has proven why he is the team’s most valuable player. Pettersson began the new year the same way he ended 2019: As the team MVP.

Three points can be added to the Swede’s career totals after the matchup against the Blackhawks. That’s the sixth time this season Pettersson has tallied at least three points in a single game: Two assists and an absolute laser of a goal.

Pettersson stood at the hash marks of the face-off circle, when Brock Boeser spotted him open and fed the puck. Blink your eyes and the puck was in the back of the net. Pettersson turned and wristed a fast and accurate shot past Robin Lehner.

J.T. Miller, on the other hand, showed the hockey world they shouldn’t have slept on him when it came to All-Star voting. Miller had himself a four-point night. He scored one goal and added three assists, including the helper that have Adam Gaudette the game-winning goal late in the third period.

The lotto line showed up big to kick off January hockey. Boeser, Pettersson and Miller combined for eight points. The deadly trio will have to keep up the hard work as the team pushes for a playoff spot.