Picture of Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko making a save.
In the latest Vancouver Canucks news, the team defeated the Edmonton Oilers 8-1 with Thatcher Demko battling the flu bug.

The Vancouver Canucks kicked off their season opener against the Edmonton Oilers last night with a crushing 8-1 victory, but the game’s story went far beyond the scoreline. It was a night that was labeled Demko’s flu game.

Demko was nothing short of spectacular, stopping 21 of 22 shots and proving to be an impenetrable wall in front of the net. His performance earned him well-deserved praise from fans, and teammates and made him a trend on social media.

With only five minutes left in the hockey game, something unusual happened. Demko, who was sick with the flu and dehydrated, threw up inside his mask and had to be replaced by the backup goalie, Casey DeSmith.

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Canucks fans can be proud of the resilience and heart displayed by Thatcher Demko during an otherwise exciting game, despite his early exit. This memorable opening night will be remembered not only for the lopsided score but also for Demko’s heroic efforts while battling the flu bug to secure the victory.

Thatcher Demko’s stats before he was pulled from the game

  • 21 saves on 22 shots
  • 0.955 save%
  • 0.80 GAA –
  • +1.11 GSAx
  • 1 vomit
  • Win over a cup contender.

What are Canucks fans saying about Thatcher Demko’s flu game?

Only one goal from the Oilers on a sick goalie? Demko for the Vezina.

When I was 12, I remember two teammates puking in their helmuts on the bench. So gross!

Great game by Demko! Battling the flu and all. I am surprised he even started the game.

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