Demko’s 42 Saves Keeps Canucks Alive

Vancouver Canucks Lines and Defencive Pairings

Tanner Pearson — Elias Pettersson — Tyler Toffoli

J.T. Miller — Bo Horvat — Jake Virtanen

Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Brock Boeser

Tyler Motte — Jay Beagle — Brandon Sutter

Alexander Edler — Troy Stecher

Quinn Hughes — Christopher Tanev

Oscar Fantenberg — Tyler Myers

Thatcher Demko

Louis Domingue

Unfit to Play: Micheal Ferland, Josh Leivo, Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Olli Juolevi, Justin Bailey, Jalen Chatfield,  Tyler Graovac, Brogan Rafferty, Loui Eriksson, Jordie Benn

Vegas Golden Knights Lines and Defencive Pairings

Max Pacioretty — William Karlsson — Mark Stone

Jonathan Marchessault — Paul Stastny — Reilly Smith

Nick Cousins — Nicolas Roy — Alex Tuch

William Carrier — Chandler Stephenson — Ryan Reaves

Alec Martinez — Shea Theodore

Brayden McNabb — Nate Schmidt

Jon Merrill — Zach Whitecloud

Robin Lehner

Marc-Andre Fleury

Unfit to Play: Tomas Nosek

Scratched: Patrick Brown, Dylan Coghlan, Oscar Dansk, Reid Duke, Deryk Engelland, Nicolas Hague, Keegan Kolesar, Peyton Krebs, Nick Holden, Gage Quinney

Pre-game Analysis

Vancouver: Play the full team game and not turn the puck over. The Canucks will need to make sure that they also stay out of the box and do whatever they can to stop Vegas from bunching up in front of the net.

Vegas: Stay out of the box as much as possible and continue to bunch up in front of the Canucks net and create havoc.

Vancouver is going with a change in net with Thatcher Demko getting the start and Louis Domingue being the back-up tonight. Jacob Markstrom is the healthy scratch tonight for the Canucks. Vegas is going with Robin Lehner in net with Marc-Andre Fleury as the back-up

1st Period Analysis and Summary

Throughout the first eight minutes in the contest, Vancouver has not registered a single shot on goal while Vegas has registered four. It was a very physical first ten minutes of this contest and luckily there were no penalties issued for how physical it got.

Vegas went on the first penalty kill of the contest when Jonathan Marchessault was called for slashing at 17:42. The penalty and the period come to an end with neither team scoring. Vancouver had three of their six shots come in the contest within the last minute of the period.

VGK PenaltyJonathan MarchessaultforSlashing2 min minor17:42

1st Period Stats

Vancouver CanucksVegas Golden Knights
Faceoffs9 for 145 for 14
Power Play0 for 10 for 0

2nd Period Analysis and Summary

More scoring chances occured for the Golden Knights but Vancouver goaltender Thatcher Demko would do a great job of blocking shots as well as other Canucks players getting the puck away from the goaltender.

The second penalty of the contest is issued to Vancouver on a hooking call. Adam Gaudette is shown the penalty box at the 7:15 mark and the Golden Knights look to strike first in the contest. The penalty would end for Vancouver with Vegas getting three shots off during the man-advantage and the game remained scoreless.

The Canucks didn’t get their first shot in the second period until 12:28 in the period. The Canucks can’t expect to win, let alone stay competitive in the contest with play like that.

Vegas goes on their second power play of the contest when Antoine Roussel is called for a Hi-sticking with less than seven minutes in the period.

Vegas scores their first goal of the contest when Shea Theodore scores his fifth goal of the postseason at the 15:12 mark. Reilly Smith is credited with the primary assist, his eighth of the postseason, and Mark Stone is credited with the secondary assist, his ninth assist in the postseason.

24 seconds later, the Canucks tie the game when Brock Boeser scores his fourth goal of the postseason. J.T. Miller and Quinn Hughes are credited with the assists, their 10th and 13th assists respectively.

4-on-4 action occurs when Paul Stastny and J.T. Miller are both issued slashing penalties against each other at the 16:54 mark in the period. The second period comes to a close with the score remaining at 1-1.

VAN PenaltyAdam GaudetteforHooking2 min minor7:15
VAN PenaltyAntonie RousselforHi-sticking2 min minor12:59
VGK GoalShea Theodore (5)Assisted byReilly Smith (8)Mark Stone (9)15:12
VAN GoalBrock Boeser (4)Assisted byJ.T. Miller (10)Quinn Hughes (13)15:36
VGK PenaltyPaul StastnyforSlashing2 min minor16:54
VAN PenaltyJ.T. MillerforSlashing2 min minor16:54

2nd Period Stats

Vancouver CanucksVegas Golden Knights
Faceoffs21 for 3918 for 39
Power Plays0 for 10 for 2

3rd Period Analysis and Summary

Vancouver gets their first lead in the game when Elias Pettersson scores his seventh goal of the postseason at 3:19. Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller are credited with the assists, seventh and 11th, respectively.

4-on-4 action occurs again when Nick Cousins and Tyler Myers are issued matching minors. Cousins is called for Cross-checking and Myers is called for Roughing. Vegas goes on the penalty kill when Nick Holden is called for Holding the stick at 11:23.

With 16 seconds remaining, Vancouver looks to strike on the power play when Mark Stone is called for Tripping.

VAN GoalElias Pettersson (7)Assisted byBrock Boeser (7)J.T. Miller (11)3:19
VAN PenaltyTyler MyersforRoughing2 min minor4:46
VGK PenaltyNick CousinsforCross-checking2 min minor4:46
VGK PenaltyNick HoldenforHolding the stick2 min minor11:23
VGK PenaltyMark StoneforTripping2 min minor19:43

3rd Period Stats

Vancouver CanucksVegas Golden Knights
Faceoffs33 for 6330 for 63
Power Play0 for 30 for 2

Vancouver downs the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1. Vegas leads the series 3-2 with Game 6 taking place Thursday evening.

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