Matheson hit Pettersson and drove him into the ice early in the third period of Saturday’s game. The 19-year-old Swede appeared woozy and had to be assisted to the locker room. Matheson did not receive a penalty on the play.
Canucks coach Travis Green didn’t mince his words after the game, referring to Matheson’s actions as “dirty.”
“It’s a dirty play,” Green said. “The league’s trying to protect the good, young players and that’s just a dirty play.”