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Canucks 3, Kings 2 (SO): Vintage Demko steals a win in Los Angeles

Thatcher Demko stopped 38 of the 40 photographs he confronted to tempo the Canucks to a come-from-behind win

It’s not what number of photographs you are taking, it’s what you do with them.

If somebody in hockey has stated this earlier than — and it’s laborious to think about nobody has — their title hasn’t been written down.

However possibly Elias Pettersson ought to get credit score, even when he didn’t say it publish recreation.

The Vancouver Canucks’ star centre tied the sport at 2-2 Saturday night time at Crypto.com Area in opposition to the Los Angeles Kings with a deadly wrist shot on a third-period energy play. Vancouver would ship the sport to additional time and win it 3-2 in a shootout with J.T. Miller netting the winner.

Pettersson’s objective was simply the tenth shot of the sport for Vancouver because the Kings outshot Vancouver 40-17. The Canucks had simply six photographs within the first two intervals.



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Thatcher Demko made 38 saves, stealing a win in what was a very dire effort for the Canucks.

Thursday in Arizona, head coach Rick Tocchet known as his group sleepy. They usually regarded much more sleepy in L.A., no less than till Pettersson scored to tie the sport up.

Tyler Myers missed the sport as a result of he felt beneath the climate, which makes you surprise if he was the one one not feeling nicely given the shortage of vitality within the Canucks’ recreation.

Brock Boeser scored the primary objective of the sport, then Alex Edler tied issues up for the Kings.

Carl Grundstrom put the Kings in entrance within the second, earlier than Pettersson’s third-period snipe off the proper wing tied the sport up and despatched the affair to additional time.

Right here’s what we realized …

Classic Demko

A lot of final season’s playoff push was about their goaltender.

A lot of this season’s early-season struggles was additionally about their goaltender.

The actual fixed was that the Canucks have been horrible defensively final 12 months and even worse for the primary half of this season.

Since returning Feb. 27 in opposition to Dallas Demko has been excellent. He’s been the goalie that Bruce Boudreau praised so many occasions final season and Canucks followers lamented most nights final fall.

He made 38 saves on Saturday, the fourth time in eight begins since returning he’s confronted greater than 30 photographs, although the primary time in 5 video games.

Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates his goal with Quinn Hughes to take a 1-0 lead, during the first period at Crypto.com Arena on March 18, 2023 in Los Angeles.
Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates his objective with Quinn Hughes to take a 1-0 lead, in the course of the first interval at Crypto.com Area on March 18, 2023 in Los Angeles.Picture by Harry How /Getty Photos

Deserve’s received tons to do with it

Brock Boeser hit posts the earlier two video games and had a pair different superb probabilities to attain.

He couldn’t discover the again of the web, although.

Realizing how the hockey gods works, it was no shock that he scored on a shot off the wing that was deflected by the defender — Edler, of all folks — which put a nasty dip on his shot. The puck eluded L.A. goalie Joonas Korpisalo.

Particular groups

On Thursday in Arizona, the Canucks’ penalty kill was horrible — giving up two targets — and so was their energy play, going goalless in 5 alternatives.

It was the reverse story on Saturday, as their penalty kill, the league’s worst, gave little or no away to the Kings on two energy performs, whereas Pettersson’s objective got here on the Canucks’ sole energy play alternative, late within the third interval.


The primary interval featured simply eight faceoffs solely took 25 minutes of actual time.

Los Angeles Kings left wing Trevor Moore (12) controls the puck next to Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) in an NHL game at Crypto.com Arena. Photo: Richard Mackson-USA Today Sports
Los Angeles Kings left wing Trevor Moore (12) controls the puck subsequent to Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) in an NHL recreation at Crypto.com Area. Picture: Richard Mackson-USA In the present day Sports activitiesPicture by Richard Mackson /USA TODAY Sports activities


Carl Grundstrom received what regarded prefer it was going to be the successful objective for the Kings after main a textbook forecheck behind the Canucks’ objective.

Hughes tried to gather a bouncing puck together with his foot — the ice on the basketball-busy Crypto.com Area is among the many worst within the league — and it was Grundstrom who took the momentary lack of management by the usually sure-handed Canucks defenceman. He stapled Hughes into the boards, spilling the puck to Arthur Kaliyev, who discovered Rasmus Kupari within the slot.

Kupari then spied Grundstrom unchecked along with the web and whereas the Swede couldn’t gather the puck together with his stick, he did redirect it together with his foot and was credited with the objective.

Underneath the foundations it most likely shouldn’t have been a objective, however the Canucks didn’t problem the play.

Down on the farm

There’s not a lot for the NHL Canucks to play for however the AHL Canucks are nearly actually playoff-bound and the Canucks’ brass may be very eager about their progress.

Canucks GM Patrik Allvin raved final month in regards to the tradition that’s developed in Abbotsford and from speaking to gamers like Guillaume Brisebois and Christian Wolanin, who’ve spent a lot time within the minors this season, it’s all in regards to the vitality the group’s youngest gamers carry to the desk.

“The fellows are younger. They’ve vitality,” stated Brisebois.

The younger gamers see their dream and so they’re working for it, he stated. It’s given him vitality too.

“I’m 25 and I’m an previous man there,” he stated with fun.

Arshdeep Bains is one in all a number of fascinating prospects in Abbotsford. Signed final summer season out of the WHL, Bains’s work ethic would take him a good distance, everybody stated.

He’s endlessly had consideration to element and has labored laborious to know the issues in his talent set and the way he would possibly have the ability to enhance on them.

He scored a short-handed objective on Saturday in opposition to the Ontario Reign, the AHL affiliate of the Kings, that spoke to what a helpful participant he’s been within the AHL.

Bear face

Ethan Bear was again within the lineup Saturday, having missed the final three weeks after taking a puck within the mouth on Feb. 25.

He dressed instead of Myers, who was beneath the climate.


The Canucks host Delight Evening on March 31.

The Kings hosted Delight Evening Saturday night time. The designer of their warm-up sweaters this 12 months is Mio Linzie who designed the Canucks’ Delight warm-up sweaters final season.

Linzie received to do a ceremonial faceoff earlier than the sport.

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