Canucks' Demko makes three ridiculous saves while barehanded (VIDEO)

Nov 3 2021, 5:54 am

It was easily the most fun night of hockey at Rogers Arena in at least 602 days.

That’s the last time the Vancouver Canucks won a game that mattered in front of their fans, which the home team did in the most dramatic fashion on Tuesday night against the New York Rangers.

After the Canucks erased a two-goal deficit in the third period on goals from J.T. Miller and Vasily Podkolzin, it was time for the Thatcher Demko show.

With the Rangers on a five-on-three power play, a mad scramble in Demko’s goal crease left the Canucks goalie without his stick and blocker. Demko went on to make three incredible saves in a row to keep the game tied.

On the first save, he stacked the pads. His second was a scorpion-style save with his skate that would have made Dominik Hasek proud.

Demko made the third stop with one arm behind his back — literally — as he protected his right hand.

“Maybe in practice or something. I don’t know,” Demko said when asked if he’d ever made a save with one hand behind his back before. “I was trying to cheat on that side. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to use my hand, so I was trying to get as much coverage on that side as I could just in case he raised the puck a little bit higher than my pad.”

“It was pretty loud. That was probably the loudest I’ve heard Rogers [Arena],” Demko added. “It’s a great atmosphere getting the fans back in here.”

The Canucks finished the job in overtime, with Miller getting his second goal of the game on a second effort following a failed breakaway attempt.

The Canucks improved their record to 4-5-1, snapping a three-game losing streak in the process. They play again next on Friday, against the Nashville Predators.

But enough about that. Let’s talk some more about Thatcher Demko.

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