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Golden Knights shut out Canucks in Game 7 to reach Western Conference final

Vegas is the first team to reach the conference final at least twice in its first three seasons.
The Golden Knights' Shea Theodore, second from left, celebrates his goal against the Canucks with 6:08 remaining in the third period to break a 0-0 stalemate. Vegas goes on to win Game 7 of the teams' Western Conference semifinal series 3-0. It faces Dallas in the conference final beginning Sunday.
The Golden Knights' Shea Theodore, second from left, celebrates his goal against the Canucks with 6:08 remaining in the third period to break a 0-0 stalemate. Vegas goes on to win Game 7 of the teams' Western Conference semifinal series 3-0. It faces Dallas in the conference final beginning Sunday. [ JASON FRANSON | AP ]
Published Sep. 5, 2020

EDMONTON, Alberta — Shea Theodore finally solved Thatcher Demko with 6:08 remaining in the third period and the Golden Knights edged the Canucks 3-0 in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series Friday night to make the conference final.

The Golden Knights, in the conference final for the second time in their three years of their existence, face the Stars beginning Sunday night in Edmonton for a trip to the Stanley Cup final. The Golden Knights are the first team to reach the conference final at least twice in their first three seasons.

Theodore’s goal was the first in 138 minutes, 40 seconds for the Golden Knights against Demko, the rookie goalie who had brought Vancouver back from a 3-1 deficit in the series and held off Vegas for most of this game, too. Then Theodore scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the blue line that slipped through traffic and past Demko, who had made 98 consecutive saves.

Alex Tuch and Paul Stastny added empty-net goals.

Vegas outshot the Canucks 36-15 in the game and 127-55 over the final three.

Vegas’ Robin Lehner had his third shutout of the series, and his sensational glove save on forward Brock Boeser in the second period kept the game goalless

Vancouver found itself with a big opportunity with 3:30 left in the second period. Vegas forward Ryan Reaves received a major penalty and was ejected for a hit to the head of forward Tyler Motte, but that five-minute power play — which extended into the third period — was fruitless.

With the Canucks out, Canada again won’t have a Stanley Cup champion. The last team from Canada to win it all was Montreal in 1993.