The Vancouver Canucks nearly silenced the Ottawa Senators for a second straight game, this time thanks to a strong Thatcher Demko. The British Columbia team finally won 5-1 on Wednesday night at Rogers Arena.
The young goalkeeper allowed only one goal, that of Josh Norris in the first period. On Monday, he also only missed a puck, in the Canucks’ 7-1 win.
Demko didn’t have much to be ashamed of, as the visitors fired 24 shots from the initial engagement. This is the second time in their franchise history that the Canucks have allowed so many shots in the first period.
Demko held the fort for the remainder of the game, ending the game with 42 saves. JT Miller and Tyler Motte took charge of the attack with braces.
Miller also scored his first two goals of the campaign, in addition to adding an assist on Elias Pettersson’s goal.
After winning their opener of the 2020-2021 season, the Senators have now suffered six straight losses.
The Preds still have the best of the Hawks
In Nashville, like the day before, the duel between the Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks needed extra time, but this time the Tennessee team settled the debate in a shootout, winning 2-1.
Tuesday, Roman Josi freed Nashville by scoring his first goal in overtime. This time it was Matt Duchene’s turn to play the hero by being the lone scorer in the penalty shootout. Second of his team to come in front of Kevin Lankinen, he pretended to go to the left before placing a backhand puck in the upper half.
Both teams entered the score in the third period. Former Montreal Canadiens Nick Cousins put the “Preds” in front, helped by Duchene, then Ryan Carpenter provided the answer for the Blackhawks.
Despite the loss, Lankinen continued his interesting debut in the National Hockey League with 41 saves on 42 shots. His vis-à-vis Juuse Saros also did well with 29 blocked shots.