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Norris had another glorious chance on a feed from behind the net and Demko then started the second period by denying Brady Tkachuk on a tip with his back to the goalie. And in the third period, Demko stretched out to thwart Drake Batherson on a hot rebound shot to kill any hope that the Senators might mount some sort of a comeback.
“It’s all about turning the page and one game isn’t going to be good enough,” said Demko. “We’ve go to start stringing some (wins) together.”
Giving Demko his second-straight start was the right call. He was coming off a confidence building 35-save effort Monday and Braden Holtby will likely get the call in the second half of back-to-backs Thursday. More importantly, the Canucks need one of their stoppers to gain traction and consistency. Could Demko get the net again to finish out the Senators series?
“I’m not thinking about being tempted to do that, but Demer was definitely sharp last two games,” said Green. “There are always momentum parts of the game and there are always flurries and a lot of time you create momentum by getting a big save. He definitely held down the fort in the first because we weren’t getting to pucks or clearing them.
“He was a big part of the win for sure.”
OVERTIME—On Hockey Talks night, it was a fitting that fourth-liner Motte opened scoring by going hard to the net and did the same to score his second and fifth of the season. He has dealt with mental-health issues, has openly talked about his struggles and supports initiatives. Said Motte: “To be honest, I don’t think a whole lot has changed. More chemistry and talking out there, but our mentality has stayed the same. Get in on the forecheck and get pucks and bodies to the net. Our job description hasn’t changed at all.” But the results have.
Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks
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