Demko and Canucks Fall Short in Game 7, Lose 3-0
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, September 4, 2020
Shea Theodore’s sixth goal of the playoffs was the difference in game seven, leading the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks, and thus, a Western Conference Finals berth.
After a third consecutive stellar performance from Canucks starter Thatcher Demko, the Golden Knights defenseman broke the deadlock late in the third period, giving his team a 1-0 lead.
Theodore’s goal came on the power play, after J.T. Miller’s hooking penalty set Vegas up on its third power play of the game.
The goal by the Golden Knights defenseman broke the 98-consecutive save streak from Demko, dating back to game five.
Demko only allowed two goals in the series, with both of them coming off the stick of Theodore.
Alex Tuch and Paul Stastny added empty netters late, solidifying the shutout victory, and thus, advancing to the next round where they will play the Dallas Stars.
Vegas starter Robin Lehner recorded his third shutout of the series in game seven.
Much like game five and six, the Canucks struggled to generate scoring opportunities towards Lehner.
It took Vancouver eight minutes to strike its first shot on goal, as they left the opening frame recording only two on the Golden Knights goaltender.
In the first period of game seven, the Canucks set a franchise playoff record for fewest shots on goal in a period.
Despite another strong performance from Demko, Lehner made the save of the series halfway through the second period when he denied Brock Boeser, looking at an empty net, after receiving a cross-crease pass from Bo Horvat.
Vegas forward Ryan Reaves was issued a five-minute major and assessed a game-misconduct, after delivering an elbow to the head of Tyler Motte with just over two minutes remaining in the second period.
The Canucks forward was sent to the locker room for the standard concussion-protocol procedures immediately.
Vancouver only recorded one shot on the five-minute power play, without a goal, keeping the game scoreless.
It was the opportunity that was squandered, failing to help their goaltender’s performance at the other end of the ice.
Game one between the Golden Knights and Stars will take place Sunday night at 8:00 PM EST, when the two teams will start their first ever meeting in the playoff against each other.
Vegas has now qualified for the Conference Finals in two of out the first three years of the franchise’s existence.