Demko saves the day
We always need a little Thatcher Demko in our lives.
The 26-year-old was fairly untested in the opening 40 minutes, but had to be sharp in the final frame. After Martin Necas cut the lead to one with over 15 minutes remaining, both teams turned up the intensity dial, going back-and-forth with their scoring chances to try and secure two points.
Carolina was able to deliver one final push in the dying minutes, with coach Rob Brind’Amour calling a timeout and pulling his netminder in a last-ditch effort for his team. The Canucks didn’t crumble defensively, like we saw far too many times this year, but did need to rely on Demko to make some key saves as the clock winded down.
With the victory, Demko also improved to 4-0-0 under the new coaching regime, to go alongside his impressive 1.20 GAA and .962 SV% that ultimately earned him first star of the week in the NHL.
He also leads the league in shots against (762), time on ice (1422:32) and games played (24), adding to his already eye-popping resume this year.
As much as you can credit Boudreau for this team’s turnaround, you also have to give some love to Demko, who has been on another level for majority of the season. If the Canucks are somehow able to claw their way back into the playoff conversation, there’s no doubt that they’ll make it there riding Demko’s consistently stellar performances between the pipes.
The Canucks will be looking to wrap up their homestand with a fifth consecutive victory, taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Puck drop is set for 7:00pm PST.
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