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Maple Leafs Finally Lose: Canucks’ Thatcher Demko Stones Them

The Toronto Maple Leafs were on a great run until they ran into the wall named Thatcher Demko. Why couldn’t they beat him?

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The Vancuver Canucks needed a win tonight and got it. They remain in the next-to-last place in the North Division. However, things might be looking up because goalie Thatcher Demko has now won two games in a row.

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On Thursday night, Demko stopped 32 shots for Vancouver in a 3-1 victory over the high-flying Toronto Maple Leafs. Demko’s performance finally seemed to show the ability he had highlighted during the postseason bubble where he stopped like a thousand straight shots – ok, the postseason’s human highlight reel “only” stopped an incredible 128 of 130 shots from the Vegas Golden Knights.

Thatcher Demko Jacob Markstrom Canucks
Thatcher Demko became the man when Jacob Markstrom left the Canucks

Against the Maple Leafs, he didn’t do quite that well, because he allowed one shot out of 32 to get past him. Still, that’s a .969 save percentage and it comes against a Maple Leafs team that’s by far the best team in the North Division and was coming off a four-game winning streak that included two shutouts.

The Underdog Canucks Pulled Out a Great Win

Before tonight’s game, the Maple Leafs had owned the Canucks and had won all three games the two teams had played this season. But that’s not the story. The story was Demko’s impressive performance.

Thatcher Demko, Vancouver Canucks

Rightfully, even coming off a game last night in Edmonton, the Canucks were still the underdogs in this game. This win moves Demko’s season record to 6-9-1. And, more important he has now won back-to-back games. As I noted, that offers some hope for a comeback for the Cauncks.

Demko Makes a Great Save

In the video below, Demko stacks the pads to deny a Maple Leafs’ goal off of a two-on-one rush.

Demko, Matthews Admits, Is a Great Goalie

After the game, he Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews admitted that Demko’s “a great goalie. He played really well tonight, he made a couple big saves for them. We had some quality opportunities there, especially at the end. He came up big so sometimes you just have to tip your hat.”

High praise from a great goal scorer.

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