Demko’s 48 Save Shutout Forces Game 7

Game 6 is an important contest for both teams. Vegas wins, they go on to their second conference finals in three years. Vancouver wins, it goes to the all important win or go home.

Here’s how the projected lines for the Vegas Golden Knights and Vancouver Canucks play out tonight

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

Nick Holden — Zach Whitecloud

Robin Lehner

Marc-Andre Fleury

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

Unfit to play: Tomas Nosek

Vancouver Canucks Lines and Defencive Pairings

J.T. Miller — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Tyler Toffoli

Antoine Roussel — Adam Gaudette — Brandon Sutter

Tyler Motte — Jay Beagle — Jake Virtanen

Alexander Edler — Troy Stecher

Quinn Hughes — Christopher Tanev

Oscar Fantenberg — Tyler Myers

Thatcher Demko

Louis Domingue

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

Unfit to play: Micheal Ferland, Josh Leivo, Jacob Markstrom, Michael DiPietro

1st Period Analysis and Summary

Vancouver was getting the shots off early and often early on and that proved to work as the Canucks would strike first.

Jake Virtanen got his second goal of the postseason at 2:50 with Tyler Motte earning his first assist of the postseason.

Vegas goes to the penalty kill early with Max Pacioretty going to the penalty box on a holding call at 3:28.

Vancouver is called for their own penalty when Bo Horvat is called for Holding at 10:01.

Vancouver ends the first period on a delayed hooking penalty hooking by Oscar Fantenberg with the Canucks up 1-0.

VAN GoalJake Virtanen (2)Assisted byTyler Motte (1)2:50
VGK PenaltyMax Pacioretty forHolding2 min minor3:28
VAN PenaltyBo HorvatforHolding2 min minor10:01
VAN PenaltyOscar FantenbergforHooking2 min minor20:00

1st Period Stats

Vegas Golden KnightsVancouver Canucks
Faceoffs10 for 2010 for 20
Power Play0 for 2 (VGK starts 2nd period on PP)0 for 1

2nd Period Analysis and Summary

Puck possession on both sides was key for both squads as the period began would remain a constant focal point for the first seven minutes of game play.

The Golden Knights went on their second penalty kill when William Carrier goes to the box for Holding the stick at 8:26. Vancouver went on their third penalty kill when Alexander Edler is shown the box for a Delay of game penalty for hitting the puck over the glass at 11:54. Vancouver went on their fourth penalty kill when Tyler Myers was called for Tripping at 15:03.

In order for Vancouver to win this contest, they need to remain out of the box. For the Golden Knights, they are going to have to create chaos in front of the Canucks net. Just before the penalty ends, a Golden Knights shot would ring right off the crossbar and a second after the penalty ends, Tyler Myers, has a breakaway but Robin Lehner would the save.

The second period comes to an end with the Vancouver still ahead 1-0.

VGK PenaltyWilliam CarrierforHolding the stick2 min minor8:26
VAN PenaltyAlexander EdlerforDelay of Game-Puck over Glass2 min minot11:54
VAN PenaltyTyler MyersforTripping2 min minot15:03

2nd Period Stats

Vegas Golden KnightsVancouver Canucks
Faceoffs15 for 3924 for 39
Power Play0 for 40 for 2

3rd Period Analysis and Summary

J.T. Miller strikes 1:03 in the third and gives the Canucks the 2-0 advantage. The goal is Miller’s sixth in the postseason.

Vegas goes on the penalty kill when Paul Stastny is called for Hooking at 1:34.

Vancouver has another breakaway attempt but the shot is blocked by Lehner midway through the period and Vegas does their best to maintain puck control until matching penalties are doled out for roughing at 7:52. Nick Cousins and Troy Stecher are the two in the penalty box.

24 seconds later, Quinn Hughes scores to give Vancouver the commanding 3-0 lead.

Troy Stecher heads back to the box after he is whistled for a tripping call although in replays it can be shown that the penalty should be issued to J.T. Miller. Upon review, J.T. Miller is now in fact the one issued the penalty.

With less the six minutes in regulation, Vegas brings out the extra attacker to get some life for the Golden Knights as Robin Lehner is pulled.

At 15:22, Bo Horvat scores his 10th goal in the postseason as Vancouver extends the lead to 4-0. Robin Lehner is now back in net for the Golden Knights.

Vegas’ Brayden McNabb hits Vancouver’s Jake Virtanen hard into the boards and Virtanen looks to be alright but took a bit to get up. Vegas goes on the penalty kill when Nick Cousins is called for Cross checking at 19:23, which is served by William Carrier. Cousins would also be dealt a 10-minute game misconduct, ending his night early.

Vancouver on the power play with 37 seconds remaining shuts out Vegas and forces a win or go home scenario later on tonight.

VAN GoalJ.T. Miller (2)Assisted byQuinn Hughes (14)1:03
VGK PenaltyHooking2 min minor1:34
VAN PenaltyRoughing2 min minor7:52
VGK PenaltyRoughing2 min minor7:52
VAN GoalQuinn Hughes (2)Assisted byJ.T. Miller (12)Christopher Tanev (6)8:16
VAN PenaltyInterference2 min minor10:09
VAN GoalBo Horvat (10)Assisted byTanner Pearson (4)Brandon Sutter (5)15:22
VGK PenaltyNick Cousins forCross-checking(served by William Carrier)2 min minor19:23
VGK PenaltyNick CousinsforMisconduct 10 min19:23

3rd Period Stats

Vegas Golden KnightsVancouver Canucks
Faceoffs23 for 5734 for 57
Power Play0 for 50 for 4

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