NHL rookie leader Elias Pettersson suffers injury in awkward collision

USA Today

Vancouver Canucks runaway rookie leader Elias Pettersson scored a hat trick the night that he learned he would be heading to the NHL All-Star Game.

His second night didn't go so well.

Pettersson left the ice in pain in the second period after getting tangled up with Montreal Canadiens rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

Pettersson, 20, had checked Kotkaniemi behind the net and as he skated back out of the zone, Kotkaniemi hooked him.

When Pettersson turned, their legs got tangled and they fell awkwardly, with Pettersson's knee and ankle buckling under his weight. He tried to get up, but stretched out on the ice in pain.

#hockey, #professional

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