Quadrelli Report: Canucks road trip a major success with win over Sharks

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SAN JOSE, CA – NOVEMBER 02: Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) during the San Jose Sharks game versus the Vancouver Canucks on November 2, 2019, at SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, CA.” (Photo by Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks picked up five of a possible six points in the standings during their California road trip, securing the final two with a commanding win over the San Jose Sharks.

The Vancouver Canucks have found many ways to win, and they’ve also found ways to score this season. They’ve won some games that they probably had little business being in, but last night’s win over the Sharks was a game in which the Canucks controlled most of the play. The final score was 5-2.

Another solid start for Thatcher Demko

If you look at goaltending stats from around the league, you’ll see Thatcher Demko‘s name among the top. Demko is behind none other than Boston Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask in save percentage, and is near the top in all other major goaltending statistics.

Demko had a shutout through two periods, and faced some high-quality scoring opportunities during the first 40 minutes of play. The Sharks were unable to solve the rookie goaltender until Marc-Edouard Vlasic opened the scoring for the Sharks with a shorthanded goal about 11 minutes into the final frame.

Elias Pettersson answered with a goal of his own shortly thereafter, potting a power play goal, Pettersson’s second tally of the game. The Sharks added another late in the game when Evander Kane scored to make it 5-2.

Demko’s save percentage now sits at .941. Having two good goaltenders is a good problem to have, and the Canucks certainly have that in Jacob Markstrom and Demko.

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