Pettersson on lacrosse-style goal: ‘It’s a move I feel I can do’

Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson (40) celebrates his shootout goal against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart (79) during NHL hockey shootout action in Vancouver on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (Ben Nelms/CP)

The “lacrosse goal” has trended significantly in the hockey world in recent weeks, thanks largely to Carolina Hurricanes winger Andrei Svechnikov.

Svechnikov has scored two lacrosse-style goals this season, the first of their kind in the NHL, which have even drawn praise from his opponents.

We’ve now seen it carry over into the world juniors. Vancouver Canucks prospect Nils Hoglander set social media alight when he completed the feat in Sweden’s 3-2 win over Finland on Day 1 of the tournament.

In doing so, Hoglander might have motivated his countryman Elias Pettersson to pull off the lacrosse-style goal in a game.

“It’s a move I feel I can do,” Pettersson told The Athletic‘s Harman Dayal. “I’ll probably try it next time I get a chance so we’ll see.”

Perhaps Pettersson’s attempt comes as early as Saturday night when the Canucks face the Los Angeles Kings on Hockey Night in Canada.

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