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Thatcher Demko denies late push by Coyotes, Canucks win 2-1

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Elias Pettersson and Dakota Joshua scored for the Vancouver Canucks as they held on to win 2-1 against the Arizona Coyotes in Rogers Arena on Thursday night.

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Thatcher Demko made 20 saves for the Canucks (30-11-4) as they have won six out of their last seven games. Vancouver is the No. 1 team in the NHL with 64 points this season.

Falling to 2-6 in their past eight and losing two-straight, Travis Dermott got the lone Coyotes (21-19-3) goal and Connor Ingram stopped 24 shots.

Shoving Sam Lafferty down at the Canucks’ bench, Liam O’Brien was sent to the penalty box and was punished.

Brock Boeser would beat Connor Ingram on a tap-in, but the referees waved the goal off immediately for goalie interference. J.T. Miller had a skate in the crease prior to Boeser’s shot.

Immediately after a face-off win by Miller, Quinn Hughes would set up Pettersson who rifled a one-timer past Ingram on the power play to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead with 3:11 left in the first period. The Coyotes’ penalty kill limited the Canucks to going just 1-for-5 on the man advantage.

Answering against his former team, Travis Dermott received a pass from Vancouver native Alex Kerfoot and scored his first goal as a Coyote, tying the game 1-1 1:51 after Pettersson’s tally.

The officials were out once again with disallowing a goal as Logan Cooley blatantly threw the puck into the net.

After outshooting the Coyotes 14-4 during the first period, it took the Canucks until 4:37 remaining in the second to get another.

Just before time expired in the middle frame, Dakota Joshua pounced on a rebound in front of Ingram to regain Vancouver’s edge, 2-1 with 0:58 remaining.

The final 20 minutes was scoreless, but play was end-to-end and free flowing.

Towards the end, Ingram was yanked for an extra attacker and create a 6-on-5 push for Arizona.

But withstanding the pressure in his vicinity, Demko stopped late chances by the scavenging Coyotes, sealing a 2-1 win.

Next Games

Coyotes: Home vs Nashville Predators (25-19-4) on Saturday at 1 p.m. MST

Canucks: Home vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (22-13-8) on Saturday at 5 p.m. MST

Nick Schmaltz out with injury for Coyotes vs. Canucks

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Alec Cipollini is a reporter of the Arizona Coyotes and Cardinals for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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