Canucks and Golden Knights Game 5
The Canucks force the Golden Knights to Game 6 thanks to the amazing play of Thatcher Demko. A 2-1 Vancouver win backstopped by Demkos 43 saves and we have a game 6 and another goalie controversy.
It was a weird Tuesday morning as speculation of the Jacob Markstrom being unfit to play had swirled around all Monday. The "Canucks PR" or rather a ridiculous clever ploy by @MrBooth_7 got things going with a bang Wednesday...
I am so happy that I do not get up early, or retweet the Canucks PR Twitter. It was a great start to the day especially with all the other scandals that happen on Canucks Twitter. It actually turned out to be a random insider drop as Demko did get the start and Markstrom was unfit to play. The chance for Vegas to close the series was right ahead of them with home-ice advantage.
1st Period Canucks And Golden Knights Game 5
The Vancouver Canucks force the Golden Knights to a game 6 but you wouldn't have guessed it to start the game. Peter DeBoer started with his 4th line and Travis Green having last change went with J.T. Miller, Bo Horvat, and Boeser. Things started in the Vancouver end and would be played there for the first 10 minutes of the period.
J.T. Miller had an early chance which he was able to beat robin Lehner but not the post and Vegas took over. They tested Demko early and often and shots were quickly out of hand 6-0 10 minutes into the game before Vancouver registered their first shot. A one-handed push shot on the rush by Oscar Fantenberg was the only test Lehner faced early.
Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone, and William Karlsson were skating well and getting some nice chances on Demko. But he was equal to the task in the first period making all 10 saves. Vegas had 17 shot attempts in the period to the Canucks 16 and 4 high danger chances for the Canucks 1.
It was a fast-moving first period that didn't offer much in the form of entertainment. But technically it was a road period so it was important to help the Canucks force the Golden knights to game 6. Jonathan Marchessault was all over the score sheet with tonnes of shots on net and an egregious slash on Petey to close the first period.
The Vancouver powerplay would take a bit to set up but would get a decent chance when they finally did. Brock Boeser had one of his 2 shots in the period to test Lehner from the slot but he was equal to the task. Vancouver would get a couple more shots to end the period but only finished with 6 shots. The first period was sawed off and it would be down to the final 40 minutes as Canucks force the Golden Knights to game 6.
Knights Attack Demko in The 2nd Period
The Canucks and Golden Knights game 5 second period started the same as the first. An all-out attack on Thatcher Demko! He started looking more and more comfortable as the game went on. Despite seeing the puck he still had a couple of scary moments doing a snow angel on the ice. The puck luckily stayed out of the net for the time being.
Vegas was heavily tilting the ice and forced Adam Gaudette into a hooking penalty against William Carrier 7:15 into the 2nd period. 3 shots on the powerplay by the Golden Knights but they couldn't beat Demko just yet. After the Canucks killed the penalty Boeser was finally able to get their first shot of the second period at the 7:32 mark. Shots were 13-1 for Vegas in the period and 23-7 overall.
The Canucks could only hold off the Golden Knights attack so much. Antione Roussel took a high sticking penalty on Alex Tuch at 12:59 and though Vegas couldn't score with the man advantage. They were able to pin in a tired penalty kill unit and take advantage. Shea Theodore had an unreal goal to dance around all the tired defenders for the 1-0 Vegas lead.
The lead was short-lived as Quinn Hughes got his record leading assist with a beautiful break out pass up ice. He found Boeser who backhanded it across the line to Miller, his shot was tipped perfectly past Lehner by Boeser just 24 seconds after vegas took the lead. It was a great response to get things level and Boeser was rewarded for his hard work.
Demko comes up huge for the Canucks in game 5 as he kept the score 1-1. Vegas would pile on another 18 shots in the second period and Demko would make 17 saves. Offsetting penalties by Paul Stastny and Miller for Slashing at 16:54 would open up the ice. Demko would be called upon once again to keep things even to end the period.
The Golden Knights were pilling things on leading 26-10 after two periods in scoring chances for. Pettersson, Tanner Pearson, and Tyler Toffoli were being dominated at 5 on 5 and Travis Green would make changes going into the final frame. Canucks fans were nervous but optimistic...
Canucks Win Da Turd Thanks To Demko
Whatever Green said in the dressing room between the 2nd and 3rd periods seemed to resonate early with his team. Brandon Sutter had an early chance from Tyler Motte but wasn't able to tuck it past Lehner on the backhand. Vancouver would re-unite the Lotto line and it paid off when Boeser's shot from the point was tipped home by Pettersson.
Great work by J.T. Miller along the boards to get it back to Brock and a precision tip. Pettersson had his 18th point in 15 games and it would prove to be the game-winner. The goal was at the 3:19 mark which meant the Canucks would need to hold off for a while.
Things would amp up in physicality and chippiness with Tyler Myers and Nick Cousins both taking penalties after the whistle. Myers for being too tall and Cousins for attacking a Giraffe (endangered species). Demko would come up big on Jonathan Marchessault on the rush as the teams were skating 4 on 4. Vegas would take another penalty at the 11:23 mark and I couldn't help myself...
The Golden Knights were forced to deal with a bit of their own medicine as the Canucks parked the bus late in the third period. Happy to just clog up the neutral zone and dump it out things were very nervous for Vancouver fans. Thankfully Demko was on the top of his game and stopped the pressure in the middle of the 3rd period.
The Canucks force the Golden Knights to Game 6 with some strong play at the end of the 3rd period. Vancouver was able to close things down and hold Vegas without any chances for the final 5 minutes. Despite the changes throughout the game Demko was amazing and held on to the 2-1 result for the Canucks.
Canucks Force The Golden Knights To Game 6 with A 2-1 Win
Vancouver was able to STAVE off elimination in game 5 thanks to an amazing performance by Thatcher Demko. Brock Boeser showed up in a big way with 1 goal and 1 assist in 18:25 of ice time. He also had 5 of the Canucks 17 shots and looked in place with Miller and Pettersson on the Lotto line.
Vancouver will have the last change in game 6 against the Vegas Golden Knights but don't expect Travis Green to get to wild with the lines. One of the things he did in game 5 was to shelter the bottom 6 with limited minutes on the top 2 lines. It showed at times with Tyler Motte, Antione Roussel, Jake Virtanen, and Bradon Sutter all having flashes.
The Canucks force the Golden Knights to game 6 which means we get more Vancouver Hockey! Pull out all the clichés you want for the next couple of games as we need em. Pucks in deep, one game at a time, Shots on the net, one period. Regardless Canucks have a chance to force a Game 7 on Thursday.
Sports Talk Line Has You Covered Thursday For Canucks And Golden Knights
The Canucks force the Golden Knights to a game 6 after a 2-1 win on Tuesday night. Thatcher Demko was amazing in making 42 saves and giving the Canucks a chance. Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson did just enough on the offensive side and game 6 will go Thursday night at 6:45 pm Pacific time.
Vancouver will most likely go with Thatcher Demko again for game 6 after his lights-out performance as the Canucks force the Golden Knights to game 6. It will be curious to see if the days off allow Markstrom to move to a backup role. If not Master Baker Louis Domingue will back up Demko once again.
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