Josh Leivo takes flight to lift Canucks past Blues with SO winner

Josh Leivo scored the lone shootout goal in the sixth round and Thatcher Demko stopped 31 shots in regulation and overtime as the Vancouver Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Thursday night.

Thatcher Demko stops 31 shots in regulation as Vancouver takes 4th straight

Josh Leivo of the Canucks trips over St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington as he scores the game winner in a shootout to help Vancouver notch a 4-3 victory on Thursday. (Bill Boyce/Associated Press)

Thatcher Demko is making the most of his time in the Vancouver Canucks' starting lineup.

Demko made 34 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all six shots in a shootout to help the Canucks to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Vancouver won its fourth in a row — its longest streak since winning four straight from March 25-31, 2018.

"I'm just glad we were able to get the win," Demko said. "It's not about me really."

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Josh Leivo tallied the lone shootout goal in Vancouver's 4-3 win over the Blues in St. Louis. 1:18

Josh Leivo scored the lone shootout goal, which came at the end of the sixth round.

Bo Horvat, J.T. Miller and Micheal Ferland scored for the Canucks, who won for the first time on the road in three tries this season.

Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Pietrangelo and Robby Fabbri scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have dropped three straight.

Demko is replacing regular starter Jacob Markstrom, who has missed the last two games due to a family emergency.

The San Diego-born Demko stopped 26 shots in a 5-1 win over Detroit on Tuesday in his first start of the season.

He made a pair of impressive stops in the shootout, including pad saves on Brayden Schenn and Alexander Steen.

Thatcher Demko of the Canucks stopped 26 shots to help Vancouver to a 4-3 SO victory on Thursday. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

"I think he's a composed guy," Vancouver coach Travis Green said of Demko. "He's ultra-competitive. That's a hell of a hockey team over there and he had to make some tough saves."

Leivo lifted a shot over Jordan Binnington after the first 11 shooters came up empty.

Horvat jammed the puck in off a scramble in front of the net to tie the game at 3-3 with 7:55 left in the third period.

"It's feeling good right now, guys are confident," Horvat said. "But at the same time, it should push us to win more."

Tarasenko and Pietrangelo scored 47 seconds apart in the second period to give the Blues a 3-1 lead.

Vladimir Tarasenko, left, of the Blues scores against Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko in the second period. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Pietrangelo ripped a one-timer from the top of the faceoff circle off a pass from Oskar Sundqvist at 2:47. Tarasenko then jumped on the rebound of a shot from Jaden Schwartz for his second goal in as many games.

Ferland tied the game 1-1 on the rebound of shot by Brandon Sutter early in the second period. Miller cut the deficit to 3-2 with his third goal in two games.

The Blues have points in six of seven games this season, but have blown two-goal leads in all three extra time losses.

"We can do a better job of closing teams out," Pietrangelo said. "Once we start closing out teams, we can be pushing things in the right direction."


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