Canucks get blown out by Golden Knights in Game 1

Aug 24 2020, 5:17 am

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The Vancouver Canucks just got dealt a harsh reality check.

Riding high after dispatching the defending Stanley Cup champions in six games, the Canucks were overwhelmed by the Vegas Golden Knights, losing 5-0 in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-final.

The Golden Knights had been the better team in the first period, but it was the second where they really took over.

With the Canucks down 1-0 already, Vegas scored three times in the middle frame to take a commanding 4-0 lead.

The speed of the Golden Knights was a problem all game, forcing turnovers and missed passes and making the Canucks look uncomfortable throughout.

“We need to be better with the puck,” Travis Green said post-game. “We missed some pucks we normally have. They got a quick team, that might have been part of it. Their speed might have caught some of our players by surprise.”

The Knights would add another goal in the third period and cruise to a 5-0 win, outshooting the Canucks 39-26.

Thatcher Demko replaced Jacob Markstrom shortly after the fifth goal and played the final ten minutes of the game.

Both teams were jawing at each other from the start, with Ryan Reaves and Antoine Roussel leading the way for their respective teams in that department.

Green once again chose to be secretive about his line combinations. Once the game started, Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson were swapped from their announced lines.

Green juggled the lines midway through the game once the Canucks were down, returning to the lineup he originally announced, while also briefly trying Jake Virtanen with Pettersson and Miller and Brock Boeser with Horvat and Tanner Pearson.

It was an off game for Quinn Hughes, who was a -3 and had a few bad turnovers, very uncharacteristic considering he led all defencemen in pass completion percentage coming into the game.

The Canucks will need to try and come with an answer to the Golden Knights in Game 2 on Tuesday. Puck drops at 6:45 pm.

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