Ramblings: The Thatcher Demko Show, Flyers Keep Flying, Theodore, & Turcotte (Sept 2)

Cam Robinson

2020-09-02

The Islanders and Flyers got things rolling on Tuesday with their Game 5 matchup. Philly was on the brink but gave up the first tally of the game in a scramble early in the second frame. Mat Barzal banged it home.

With the way the Isles clog things up, that wasn't a fortuitous bounce, but the Flyers went out and scored the next three only to see that lead disappear later in the final frame. That set us up for an elimination game overtime. Or as I like to call it, what dreams are made of.

It was Scott Laughton who played hero. Claude Giroux made a nice play behind the net in the offensive end, a dish to Ivan Provorov and the expert tip by Laughton and we’re off to Game 6.

 

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Josh Bailey had two more assists in this one to give him 13 helpers and 15 points in 14 playoff games. He’s been a horse for the Islanders throughout the summer. We’ve seen him run hot for stretches before, but this time is exceptionally opportune.

 

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The Canucks and Golden Knights wound up for their Game 5 as well on Tuesday. The big news of the day was that Jacob Markstrom was deemed unfit to play thanks to a lower-body injury. That meant that 24-year-old, Thatcher Demko would see his first career playoff start and the first start in six months.

Not exactly ideal circumstances for a Vancouver team on the ropes.