Detroit Red Wings blow lead at start of 3rd in 3-2 loss at Vancouver

Detroit Red Wings left wing Thomas Vanek, left, vies for the puck with Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler during the third period in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday. (AP photo)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Elias Pettersson was hard on himself after his first game back from a knee injury. His coach was more forgiving.
Pettersson had a goal and an assist, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Sunday.
“I felt I lost the puck a few times, made some bad decisions, some turnovers. But I’ve just got to play it simple,” Pettersson said.
The 20-year-old rookie, who ran his point total this season to 44, missed five games after suffering an MCL sprain on Jan. 3.
Antoine Roussel scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and Bo Horvat also scored for Vancouver.
Pettersson’s goal gave Vancouver the early lead, but the team had to rally from a 2-1 deficit after an ugly second period.
Roussel broke a 2-2 tie with 6:47 remaining in the game, tipping in a shot fired by Jake Virtanen. The play came less than three minutes after Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped Roussel on a breakaway.
Horvat evened the game 7:27 into the third period.
Frans Nielsen and Thomas Vanek scored for Detroit as Bernier had 28 saves.
Vanek said it was frustrating for his team to give up another third-period lead.
“It’s tough. We’re all pros, we want to win,” he said. “It’s no fun when you keep losing, but I think at least we are at the stage where we are playing consistently well. There’s not bonus points for that unfortunately, but as a group we just have to put it behind us.”