NHL roundup: Canucks’ Elias Pettersson in COVID protocol, Leafs down Oilers, and Pens rally by Blues

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Feb 21, 2021; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson (40) skates against the Winnipeg Jets in the third period at Rogers Arena. Jets won 4-3 in Overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL schedule was light on Wednesday night as the Maple Leafs played in an empty arena and handed the Oilers their fifth straight loss.

In Pittsburgh, the Penguins won their 9th straight by rallying by the Blues in the third period. But we start our roundup with news out of Vancouver that Elias Pettersson has been placed on the COVID list.

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Pettersson on COVID list

The Vancouver Canucks placed forward Elias Pettersson in the COVID-19 protocol Wednesday.

Pettersson, 23, has 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 34 games this season.

He joins teammates Brock Boeser, Phil Di Giuseppe, Justin Dowling and Jason Dickinson in the protocol.

The Canucks have won eight of their past nine games. Their game against the New York Islanders scheduled for Wednesday was postponed.

Vancouver’s next scheduled game is at home vs. Ottawa on Saturday.

Maple Leafs 4, Oilers 2

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Jan 5, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (29) and forward Ryan McLeod (71) react after an empty net goal by the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ilya Mikheyev scored the go-ahead goal on a power play in the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs went on to defeat the visiting Edmonton Oilers 4-2 Wednesday night.

John Tavares, T.J. Brodie and Alexander Kerfoot also scored for Toronto. William Nylander added two assists for the Maple Leafs, who have won four in a row.

Brendan Perlini and Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers, who lost their fifth straight game.

Jack Campbell stopped 28 shots for Toronto.

Mike Smith made 29 saves for Edmonton.

“We’re not quitting on anyone,” Draisaitl said after the game. “We’re not quitting on our coach, we’re not quitting on ourselves as players, our team, our goalies, nobody. We’re not quitting.”

In a moment of levity, Zach Hyman was played a tribute video by his former team and saluted the empty seats.

Penguins 5, Blues 3

Bryan Rust had two goals and an assist Wednesday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins erased two two-goal deficits to win their ninth straight game, 5-3 over the visiting St. Louis Blues.

“I’m getting some confidence back,” Rust said. “I said it after last game, I’ll say it again, those extra practices I got in with the canceled games, or the postponed games, I think that helped a lot. … Get that confidence back shooting the puck, things like that, I think that did go a long way.”

Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Evan Rodrigues each added a goal and an assist, Brock McGinn scored, and Kris Letang and Jake Guentzel each had two assists.

Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith allowed three goals on 16 shots before being replaced during the second period by Tristan Jarry. In his first appearance since contracting COVID-19, Jarry stopped all 13 shots he faced.

Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Kyrou and Colton Parayko scored for the Blues, who are 7-2-1 in their past 10 games.

St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington made 36 saves.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report.