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NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL is moving forward with plans to expand to Seattle.Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday the Board of Governors’ executive committee recommended proceeding with Seattle’s expansion application Florida Panthers Hats Authentic , with an eye on voting to approve the league’s 32nd franchise in December. The recommendation came a few hours after key stakeholders presented their case to the committee and hit it off enough that Seattle could be awarded a team two months from now.“The notion is have the board vote on expansion,” Bettman said. “And assuming, as I think everybody is, that it would be approved — I don’t want to be presumptuous of the board’s prerogative — but everything seems to be on track.”It was the best possible news that could have come out of the meetings for proponents of the NHL in Seattle. Bettman agreed with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan that the preference is for the team to begin play in the 2020-21 season, and that’s still a very real possibility as long as renovations to KeyArena in downtown Seattle proceed as scheduled.“I’m very confident we’re going to be able to move forward and get what we need from the NHL and the team and stick to the schedule so we have hockey in 2020,” Durkan said. “They know we want it in 2020 and (the league would) like to have it in 2020, too, if we get the team.”When the board next meets Dec. 3-4, Bettman expects a full report on Seattle expansion and said the goal is to for the governors to vote at that time, with 24 of 32 needed for approval. It’s conceivable the board votes to give Seattle the green light for 2020 contingent on the arena with the option to push things back to 2021 if necessary.Approval seems assured at this point. Bettman said the endorsement by the nine-owner executive committee “speaks volumes,” and it seems unlikely the board will turn down a $650 million expansion fee for the opportunity to expand to the U.S. Pacific Northwest Custom Florida Panthers Jerseys , provide a natural geographic rival for the Vancouver Canucks and balance the Eastern and Western conferences at 16 teams each.“It looks good,” Vancouver owner Francesco Aquilini said. “It’s exciting. We want a team in Seattle. It’s great for Vancouver. It’s great for the league. It’s eventually going to happen. KeyArena is going to be built. So I think it’s imminent.”After meeting with the executive committee for well over an hour, Durkan, Seattle Hockey Partners President and CEO Tod Leiweke, majority owner David Bonderman did not want to do a victory lap yet.“It’s been a long time coming and we can be patient,” Leiweke said.Tod’s brother, Tim, Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer and fellow minor owner David Wright were also part of the contingent that made what Bettman called an “excellent” presentation.“With the mayor’s help, what we tried to get across was Seattle is ready for a team, we got potentially a facility that will get built, a partnership with the city and away we go www.officialkings.com ,” Bonderman said. “All we need is a franchise.”The NHL had been at 30 teams since 2000 when it decided in 2016 to expand to Las Vegas. The Golden Knights began play a year ago and made a stirring run to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season.That process began with a season-ticket drive the league approved in the winter of 2014 to see if Las Vegas would be a viable hockey market. Seattle sold 10,000 season-ticket deposits in 12 minutes, and team officials say they now have 32,000 as excitement builds for the return of a major professional winter sports team in the biggest U.S. market without one.The ticket numbers, a plan to renovate KeyArena and a video showcasing the benefits of Seattle expansion were all part of the presentation at the league office. What did not come up in that meeting was the status of the collective bargaining agreement, which the owners or players could choose in September 2019 to terminate effective Sept. 15, 2020.Bettman downplayed the buzz about a potential 2020 work stoppage and said arena construction was a bigger hindrance to a 2020 start for Seattle.“They have a lot of work to do initially,” Bettman said. “They’ve got to stop using KeyArena, there’s some demolition, they’ve got to dig a bigger hole, they’ve got to put the steel in. Once that’s all accomplished … we’ll have a better sense. But everybody’s goal is 2020 if it can be accomplished. If it’s not Los Angeles Kings T-Shirts Authentic , then we’ll do it in ’21.” VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Elias Pettersson’s teammates couldn’t quite find the words to describe how the rookie played on Friday night.The 19-year-old had two goals and three assists, scoring the tying goal in the final minute of regulation and then setting up Derrick Pouliot’s winner late in overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 7-6 win over the Colorado Avalanche.“Wow,” Vancouver’s Bo Horvat said when asked about Pettersson’s performance.The Swedish center downplayed what was perhaps his most impressive play of the night — a jaw-dropping bank pass that sent the puck off the end boards right on the tape of Brock Boeser’s stick, setting the right wing up for a go-ahead goal early in the second period.“I was just trying to make a play and it worked out,” said Pettersson, who’s now the youngest player in Canucks history to have at least five points in a regular-season game.The play was simply the latest in a string of highlight-reel worthy moves that earned the teen the NHL’s rookie of the month nod for October.Canucks coach Travis Green said he wasn’t sure how to describe the way Pettersson has played through nine NHL games.“We knew he was supposed to be a pretty good player. And he’s been all of that,” he said.Petterson’s second goal of the night tied the score with 36 seconds remaining in regulation — the game’s sixth tie — just 1:01 after Nathan MacKinnon second of the game gave the Avalanche a 6-5 lead.“I got goosebumps when we tied the game late,” Pettersson said.Pouliot then took a pass from Pouliot on the right side of the goal and sent a shot that hit the crossbar and deflected off defenseman Gabriel Bourque and in with 22 seconds left on the clock in overtime.Boeser scored twice, and Loui Eriksson and Markus Granlund had the other goals for Vancouver in a game neither team lead by more than one goal. Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 shots.Sheldon Dries, Ian Cole Los Angeles Kings Hoodies Authentic , Alexander Kerfoot and Nikita Zadorov also scored for Colorado, and NHL points leader Mikko Rantanen had three assists. Philipp Grubauer finished with 30 saves.The Avalanche completed an 0-2-1 road trip, losing each game by one goal — including a 6-5 defeat at Calgary on Thursday night after giving up a 4-1 lead.“It’s been a weird seven periods,” Grubauer said. “It wasn’t the best road trip, to be sure. We’ll need to keep working, if we’re smart as a team we’ll learn from this road trip, learn from our mistakes.”Green had no complaints after the Canucks’ third straight win.“Wow. What a night. Seems like a lot of ups and downs. That was a fun game to coach,” he said. “That was a hell of a win.”Zadorov gave Colorado a 5-4 lead 1:30 into the third period with first of the season.Granlund responded for the Canucks on a power play just past the midpoint of the period. Vancouver right wing Nikolay Goldobin struggled to hang on to the puck in front of the net, but found a way to dish it to Granlund, who popped it in past Grubauer.The teams combined for seven goals in the second period, with Dries starting the flurry 1:38 in as he redirected a shot from Kerfoot into the net to tie the score 1-1.Boeser got his second of the night at 5:18 on that nifty pass from Pettersson to put Vancouver back ahead. Just 50 seconds Los Angeles Kings Hats Authentic , Cole tied it as he wound up from the blue line and put a shot in the top right corner of the net.Eriksson put Vancouver ahead 3-2 at 8:47, settling a bouncing puck and popping it past Grubauer for his first. MacKinnon tied things up again less than two minutes later, scoring off a give-and-go with Rantanen.Kerfoot gave Colorado its first lead with 7:24 left in the middle period, splitting the Vancouver defense and firing a wrist shot past Markstrom.Pettersson tied it 4-4 as he scooped up a rebound at the top of the crease and poked it in with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the period.Boeser got the Canucks on the board just 58 seconds into the game after Pettersson slid him a long pass across the ice. The right wing got the puck on his tape and flipped a shot past Grubauer.NOTES: Four players tallied their first goals of the season on Friday. Zadorov and Cole for the Avs, and Eriksson and Pouliot for the Canucks. … Pettersson now has nine goals and six assists in nine games. He’s the 16th player in the league to score nine or more goals through the first nine games of his career, and just the sixth to complete the feat outside of the league’s inaugural season.UP NEXTAvalanche: Host Nashville on Wednesday night.Canucks: Visit Detroit on Tuesday night to open a six-game trip.
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