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Video- Still Optimistic In Vancouver

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

The panel looks at the Canucks' of season moves, and while losing players like Jacob Markstrom and Tyler Toffoli is tough, there are still some places for optimism with the team.


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Evening Line- Nate Schmidt On Vegas And The Trade To Vancouver

“Vegas, you were there from the beginning. We went through an outrageous tragedy. It was really just about being part of the community. We cancelled practice (after the shooting) and were like, we’ve got to get out there and do what we can, go to the blood drive. There were things like that. You’re going to miss that.

“The trade was really tough. It’s very emotional when it happens. It’s hard sometimes to see the bigger picture and the opportunity presenting itself in the (first few) hours after that. It was difficult. For me, I found out when it happened, and that was it. That’s the hardest thing to come to terms with. It takes time for that initial shock to wear off to (say), ‘Hey, this is where we’re going. This is what’s happening.’ That’s when you can start building that excitement, you can start thinking about what the next step is.”

-Nate Schmidt of the Vancouver Canucks.  Iain MacIntyre of Sportsent has much more.

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The Vancouver Canucks Needed This Trade

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. Like a sky-diving Elvis, Nate Schmidt fell from the Las Vegas heavens into the Vancouver Canucks’ laps late Monday.

The trade of the 22-minute defenceman to Vancouver not only caused people on the West Coast to direct their carving implements towards their turkeys instead of their hockey team – not the first time the subjects have been linked – but saved the Canucks’ weekend and bought general manager Jim Benning time to further repair the damage done by free agency.

Benning surrendered only a third-round pick to get Schmidt, the fleet, two-way defenceman the Golden Knights chose to deal to make salary-cap space for the top prize in free agency: defenceman Alex Pietrangelo.

The trade was a stunning uptick to a long weekend that had, for the Canucks, been a dismal conga-line of players leaving Vancouver.

Schmidt plugs a cavernous hole on the right side of the defence and gives Benning about three months – or until whenever next season begins -- to fill the remaining gaps in his lineup.


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Nate Schmidt Traded To Vancouver

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Braden Holtby Headed To Vancouver

added 1:41pm, Press release is below.

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Great Goaltending For The Vancouver Canucks But Offense Dried Up

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

No matter how much a team soars past expectations, even doing things others thought impossible, no NHL season ever ends in defeat without sorrow and some regret.

The Vancouver Canucks weren’t even supposed to make the Stanley Cup tournament this season, but they won two playoff rounds and were a game away from advancing to the conference finals for just the fourth time in the franchise’s 50 years.

When their remarkable season, made more extraordinary by the summer of COVID-19, finally ended Friday with a 3-0 Game 7 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, the regret was that there was just nothing left for skaters to draw on to help goalie Thatcher Demko.

Demko’s arrival in the playoffs this week, with starter Jacob Markstrom injured and the Canucks down 3-1 and facing elimination, was the most incredible plot twist of Vancouver’s amazing six-week adventure in Edmonton.

In three starts, Demko’s first action since the league shut down in March, he stopped 123 Vegas shots and allowed only two goals – and still that was not enough to carry his teammates past the Golden Knights.


Watch the game highlights below of Vancouver's 3-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Also the handshake line and Ryan Reaves hit on Tyler Motte.

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Videos- Canucks, Flyers Win To Play Another Day

from the CP at TSN,

 Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko sat on the bench for a month, waiting 14 games for his first ever start in the NHL playoffs.

On Tuesday he got it, and made the most of it.

Demko made 42 saves as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 at Rogers Place to stay alive in the post-season.

The Golden Knights still lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. Game 6 goes Thursday.

Demko got the nod after Jacob Markstrom, the Canucks' regular starter, was deemed unable to play and didn't dress. Demko battled a fierce Vegas attack all night long and an avalanche of shots: redirects, one-timers, odd-man rushes and goalmouth scrambles.

Prior to Tuesday, the 24-year-old had seen 8:26 of playoff action in 2020, mopping up for Markstrom in the third period of a 5-0 Vegas blowout in Game 1.

Demko said he has been preparing for it, putting in extra ice time to work on aspects of his game.


from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

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Early Morning Line- Cam Cole

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The Vancouver Canucks Need To Pick Up Their Game Quickly

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The problem with being an underdog in the National Hockey League playoffs? The further you go, the harder it gets.

Welcome, Vancouver Canucks, to Round 2.

What? You just beat the Stanley Cup champs, a big, rugged experienced St. Louis Blues club?

Great. Now you get the Vegas Golden Knights, who are just as big, likely faster and surely deeper, with better goaltending and a visit to the Stanley Cup Final as recent two springs ago. There, they lost to Washington. So they’re also hungrier than St. Louis was.

“They’re a fast team, they’re a good team,” Canucks head coach Travis Green submitted after Game 1. “We just need to play better.”


The one-sided game highlights are below.

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The Vancouver Canucks Are A Win Away From Defeating The St. Louis Blues

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

If the Vancouver Canucks go on to win this mesmerizing series and eventually become as good as their young stars promise to be, at least we will know when the new team arrived.

It was Wednesday in the second period of Game 5 against the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, who appeared to have seized both the game and the playoff series only to have the precocious Canucks take it back from them.

Getting badly outplayed and outshot and trailing 3-1 — and not more only because Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom was sensational — the Canucks surged and scored three times in 6 ½ minutes, and then defended their lead over the final period to win 4-3.

They have a 3-2 series lead during their first playoff adventure since 2015 and on Friday can eliminate the best team in the National Hockey League last season.

But they may have to do so without paramount defenceman Alex Edler, who did not finish Wednesday’s game after suffering a frightening skate cut to the right side of his face late in the second period, one shift after speedy checker Tyler Motte scored the go-ahead goal on the night of his life.

Without Edler and top-four defenceman Tyler Myers, injured in Game 2, the Canucks held the Blues to nine third-period shots and Markstrom saved them all.


Game highlights are below.

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