#1 The power play capitalized
The power play despite scoring on its last attempt in Edmonton didn’t look really good.
In Philadelphia, the Canucks man advantage came to life. They ended up going two for four.
Pettersson scored the first power play goal and it went off Ivan Provorov’s leg, off the boards, and off Hart’s skate into the net.
Chiasson was signed for help on the power play. He has scored plenty of power play goals in the past and his 6’4″ 208-pound frame makes him a good net-front presence.
He finished the night with a 73 % Corsi For per NaturalStatTrick.
After the game against the Oilers, he was criticized for his lack of effort on the power play and poor defensive work.
In Philadelphia, he silenced the critics.
Chiasson was parked in front of the net and scored his first goal as a Canuck.
Apparently, Chiasson’s name was spelt wrong on his jersey.
The Canucks power play managed to get a lot of zone time and there weren’t too many problems on the breakout. They kept moving the puck around and made sure to get shots on Hart.
The power play didn’t look stale this time and hopefully, it continues to produce.
#2 Thatcher Demko was solid again
This takeaway is definitely going to be one that will keep coming back this season.
Demko picked off where he left off in Edmonton with another strong performance.
He kept the Canucks close in the first period when they weren’t doing well. odof
Perhaps his best save of the night was in the second period. After Quinn Hughes was checked on the blueline, Nate Thompson was on a shorthanded breakaway. Fortunately, Demko managed to prevent a Flyers shorthanded goal. Apparently, John Shorthouse was getting still used to Corey Hirsch as the colour commentator (John Garrett wasn’t in the booth due to COVID-19 protocols and is self-isolating.) that he thought Hirsch was the one who made the stop before realizing his mistake.
Demko made some great saves with his pads and he tracked the puck well to make saves just in the nick of time.
Fortunately, the Canucks gave him some goal support so he didn’t have to do the heavy lifting all game. Demko is going to need to be on form consistently and he just might be the Canucks most important player this season