Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Calls Out Elias Pettersson

Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet was not able with his hockey club after they let the Edmonton Oilers tie the second-round series on Tuesday night and Tocchet even went as far as saying Elias Pettersson was one of the many passengers in Game 4.

The Canucks lost 3-2 in Game 4, thanks to a late game-winning goal by Evan Bouchard and Tocchet met with the media after the game and had this to say to Thomas Drance of The Athletic:

He needs to get going. I don't know what else to say. We need five or six guys to get going here. I mean, this is the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There's some guys, I don't know if they (knew) it was the playoffs. We can't play with 12 guys. You can't win if you have five, six, or seven passengers. It's playoff hockey. One of those guys can be the hero for us next game, but they've got to step it up.

Pettersson hasn't been able to find his offensive touch, recording just one goal and three assists in 10 postseason games thus far. Against the Oilers, just one point and frankly Tocchet has seen enough.

It's a tough scene for Pettersson who is the only core member of the Canucks who is struggling as J.T Miller, Brock Boeser and Quinn Hughes have all been producing above a point-a-game. 

Game 5 goes Thursday night and the Canucks faithful are hopeful their best player will start playing like their best player.

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