Canucks’ Demko denies Predators as Vancouver jumps Edmonton for sixth in Pacific

Thatcher Demko made 31 saves to guide the Vancouver Canucks over the skidding Nashville Predators 3-1 on Tuesday evening.

Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser and Juho Lammikko scored in Vancouver’s second consecutive victory. The win ended the Canucks’ stretch of 9 straight street video games on a excessive notice. Vancouver final performed at house Dec. 14.

“We now have a variety of coronary heart,” coach Bruce Boudreau mentioned. “We have an important goaltender. There isn’t any doubt about it. He stopped two or three clean-cut breakaways tonight. He is a wall again there.”

Philip Tomasino scored and David Rittich turned away 21 photographs for Nashville, which has misplaced 4 in a row. The Predators went 12-1-1 of their 14 earlier video games earlier than the slide.

“We have had some good stretches right here, and I feel now the eye to element we have to play with, the consistency degree with that, must be higher and that is what we wish to concentrate on right here,” coach John Hynes mentioned. “We’re not enjoying the way in which we have to play to offer ourselves an opportunity to win.”

Tomasino scored the opening purpose at 2:51 of the second interval.

With the Predators on an influence play, Tomasino beat Demko excessive to the far aspect with a half slap shot from simply above the correct faceoff dot for the rookie’s sixth purpose of the season.

Pettersson tied it at 7:23 of the second, cleansing up the rebound of Vasily Podkolzin’s shot from the slot.

“Within the second, I felt like we did not play laborious sufficient,” Predators captain Roman Josi mentioned. “We gave them a variety of time in our zone. They began creating a variety of stuff in our finish. All in all, it is a disappointing loss. There’s positively issues we might have completed higher.”

Pettersson has three targets in his final two video games.

Vancouver took a 2-1 lead at 3:41 of the second on Boeser’s power-play purpose. J.T. Miller despatched a wrist shot on web from the left circle. Standing simply outdoors the crease, Boeser tipped the puck by Rittich.

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“We have been on the lookout for some sure performs, and that was one there,” Boeser mentioned. “We went low just a few occasions. [Miller] made an important shot-pass there.”

Lammikko tipped house a free puck at 12:19 of the third.

Demko was sharp, notably within the second interval, when he denied 14 of Nashville’s 15 photographs on purpose. Demko was lately chosen to his first All-Star Recreation.

“I feel it was big to lose three after which bounce again and win two,” Demko mentioned. “We have simply bought to get our wins right here one by one.”