Edmonton – Vancouver goalkeeper Thatcher Demco sat on the bench for a month, waiting 14 games for her first start in the NHL playoffs.
On Tuesday he got it and made the most of it.
Demco made four saves in a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Place to survive the season.
The Golden Knights are still 3-2 up in the best of the seven-match series. Game 6 goes on Thursday.
Demco received the consent for not being able to play in the Canucks’ regular starter Jacob Markstrom and not wearing clothes. Demco battled a formidable Vegas attack and an avalanche of shots throughout the night: redirects, one-timers, weird man runs and Golmouth Scrambles.
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Before Tuesday, the 24-year-old played in the 2020 play-off: 2. See, 5-0 in Game 1 became the Markstorm in the third period of the Vegas Blues.
Demco said he was preparing for it by leaving extra ice time to work on aspects of his game.
“You never know when you’ll have to enter. I just wanted to see the whole process of the training camp and get into the bubble,” Demco said.
“When these guys are on vacation I’m going to skate and I’m sure I’m staying sharp.
“I know I’m practicing my thing, my detail confirms where they need to be. Obviously, this is a bit different than a game but what you see in a game is something you saw at some stage of practice and you just have to rely on that kind of thing.
Elias Peterson, who scored the winning goal, said Demco had a difference.
“The first two periods were not good for us. Thatcher played an incredible game, ”he said.
The game was a kind of release with a goal and an assist for Vancouver winger Brock Bozar. He was criticized for getting the best six minutes in the top six, but is heading into Tuesday, scoring just 20 shots from the net and three goals in the postseason.
Vegas goalkeeper Robin Lehner got just 17 shots but the Canucks won.
Vegas but Boyser and Jetty at the start of the second half as Sheba Theodore took a 1-0 lead with a goal. Miller responded just 24 seconds later. Bosser, playing gi-a-go with Miller in 2-on-1, redirected Miller’s pass to Lehner’s past backhand.
Bosser then set up the winner early in the third and threw the wrist shot to redirect Peterson to his seventh goal of the playoffs from
“I know I didn’t score and I know I need to score goals, but I’m trying to bring the principle of every job into every game and contribute,” Bosser said.
“It was great to get one. It believes that it will definitely help confidence. “
“(Demco) was really good and they were opportunists,” said Vegas coach Peter Deborah. We’ve been able to make it more complicated with a little more traffic (in front of the net) on it.
“It’s never been easy to stop anyone when you get to the last eight and they found a way to win.”
The 2014 Vancouver draft Demco was with the team in its first full season, taking some time off in February and March when Markstorm suffered a knee injury.
On Tuesday, Demco started for the first time in almost six months. His last start was on March 10, two days before the end of NVL’s regular season, and was finally canceled due to COVID-19.
He started 25 in the regular season, setting a 13-10-2 record (3.06 goals-average, 90% save percentage))
The status of Markstrom is not known. The NHL does not disclose injury information.
Markstrom, his first NHL playoff, was a workhorse for Vancouver, started 14 games in 29 days, stopped 451 shots with a record of 6–6 (2.75 GAA, .999 save percent) and beat his first playoff shot recording. Made Minnesota Wild 3-0.
He often put Vancouver in games, facing more than 30 shots a night. In 15 play-off games, the Canucks have been outscored 13 times by their opponents (they have recorded two more shots in the Minnesota series).