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Canucks fans throw drinks on ice in protest of penalty on Pettersson


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Liam McCormick
May 16, 2024  (9:51 PM)
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Pettersson hitting Foegele
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After a very questionable penalty call on Elias Pettersson to take the Canucks off a powerplay, fans threw drinks on the ice while chanting their protests at the referees.

Oilers forward Warren Foegele was trying to chip a puck and get past Pettersson, who instead jumped and threw a reverse hit to send Foegele down to the ice. The referees assessed a bizarre charging penalty, and the fans starting tossing their drinks on the ice in protest.
Pettersson being called for a charging penalty specifically is bizarre, considering he wasn't the player with speed on the play. He could be properly given an elbowing call, but Canucks fans clearly didn't see it.
As Pettersson was taken to the box and the referees explained the penalty call to him, Canucks fans tossed their drinks on the ice. Thankfully the on-ice crew worked incredible quickly to clean up, and there was barely any delay in the game. It's almost as if the Canucks organization was prepared for their fans pulling something like this. An arena notification went out telling fans they would be subject to ejection or arrest for tossing drinks onto the ice.
The Vancouver Canucks have been the only team that hasn't hosted an outdoor viewing party for its fans this season, and it's because of events like this. As the Vancouver mayor explained, the city has a history of mass disturbance when things go wrong for the Canucks, and they can't be trusted with organizing a playoff watch party. If they keep throwing cans on the ice, there'll be a lot of banned Canucks fans, and no playoff watch party ever again in the future.
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Canucks fans throw drinks on ice in protest of penalty on Pettersson

Did you agree with the penalty call on Pettersson?

Yes, it was a penalty22626.6 %
No, it was a clean reverse hit56266.2 %
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