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Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson out with suspected concussion

The Vancouver Canucks say rookie forward Elias Pettersson is in concussion protocol while centre Jay Beagle is out six weeks with a broken forearm.

Florida's Mike Matheson suspended 2 games for hit; Vancouver also loses Jay Beagle to broken arm

Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson is in the NHL's concussion protocol after being hit in a game Saturday against the Florida Panthers. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks say rookie forward Elias Pettersson is in concussion protocol while centre Jay Beagle is out six weeks with a broken forearm.

Pettersson was injured when he was taken hard into the end boards and slammed to the ice by Florida defenceman Mike Matheson in the third period of Vancouver's 3-2 win Saturday. There was no penalty on the play.

Elias Pettersson suffers suspected concussion:

After taking a hit from Florida's Mike Matheson, Elias Pettersson was forced to leave Saturday's contest against the Panthers. 1:10

The 19-year-old Swedish centre appeared woozy afterwards and needed assistance to get to the locker-room. He did not return to the game. After the game, Canucks head coach Travis Green called the hit "a dirty play."

"We lost a bright young player to an injury that I don't think was necessary," Green told reporters Monday. "I'm pissed off right now still talking about it."

The NHL suspended Matheson two games without pay for the hit after a hearing on Monday.


Beagle was injured in the same game after blocking a shot.

The loss of Pettersson for any significant length of time will be a blow to the rebuilding Canucks. The rising star has five goals and three assists in five games this season after being selected fifth overall by the Canucks in last year's NHL draft.

Beagle, a veteran centre, signed a four-year contract worth an average $3 million US per year with the Canucks on July 1. He helped the Washington Capitals win their first Stanley Cup last season.

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