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VANCOUER, B.C. – It wasn’t the NHL debut he imagined, however Mike DiPietro says beginning in internet for the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night time was nonetheless a dream come true.
The San Jose Sharks (34-16-7) took no pity on the 19-year-old native of Amherstburg, Ont., testing him early and sometimes en path to a 7-2 victory.
“Positively not the best first recreation,” DiPietro stated. “But it surely’s one thing I’ve dreamt about my total life and to have the chance this younger to do it, it is one thing that is optimistic for me, that I will take as a studying expertise.”
As the sport went on, the younger netminder felt extra snug and stated he’ll give attention to the issues he did proper as he continues engaged on his recreation.
“Once you give attention to the negatives an excessive amount of, you are going to really feel like an ant within the internet,” he stated.
The Canucks (25-25-7) referred to as DiPietro up from the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s on an emergency foundation final week after backup goalie Thatcher Demko was sidelined with a knee sprain.
The group does not at present have an American Hockey League goalie obtainable to play within the NHL.
Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver’s beginning netminder, was slated to begin on Monday however was scratched as a precaution resulting from tightness in his decrease physique.
“I felt like if we performed him tonight, it could danger an extended harm that I did not need him to show into,” Canucks coach Travis Inexperienced stated after the sport.
DiPietro stopped 17-of-24 pictures and regardless of a tough begin, he “hung in there and battled,” Inexperienced stated.
“I do not really feel dangerous in any respect for placing him within the internet. He is right here, he is the backup. I did not have one other alternative. That is who we needed to play tonight,” the coach stated.
“I do not suppose he is upset that he performed. I believe he is fairly excited that he performed.”
Lining up towards a group stacked with all-stars was a particular expertise, DiPietro stated.
“It is fairly cool, looking up and seeing Joe Thornton and Pavelski proper throughout the ice and capturing on me,” he stated. “Clearly once they rating on you it is not too good. However I needed to pinch myself and simply keep within the second.”
Evander Kane scored twice for the Sharks, and Timo Meier, Melker Karlsson, Tomas Hertl, Kevin Lebanc and Joe Pavelski additionally put up targets.
Lebanc’s tally got here from a two-on-one the place Joe Thornton drew DiPietro throughout the crease earlier than dishing off to the right-winger.
The helper was the 1,050th of Thornton’s profession. He handed Gordie Howe for ninth place on the league’s all-time assists checklist.
“That is an unbelievable accomplishment, unbelievable profession, and that is one thing that must be actually celebrated and I believe our entire group and I are excited we have been right here to witness that,” stated Sharks coach Peter DeBoer. “Gordie Howe’s profession speaks for itself however while you get a man like Joe Thornton that truly passes him on the help checklist that’s an incredible accomplishment.”
Logan Couture stated he is speechless over sharing a dressing room with somebody who has handed a Howe milestone.
“It is fairly loopy,” stated the San Jose centre, who had a pair of assists. “(Thornton) is a particular participant, he is been a particular participant for twenty years and I nonetheless consider that he’s underrated. I nonetheless do not suppose he will get the credit score he deserves for the way world class a participant he has been for twenty years. Fairly particular.”
Thornton’s help was additionally the 39-year-old centre’s 1,457th NHL level, tying Teemu Selanne for 15th place within the all-time factors race.
Martin Jones had 25 saves for San Jose, who now sit in first place within the Western Convention due to a six-game win streak.
Bo Horvat and Derrick Pouliot scored for Vancouver.
The Canucks merely weren’t adequate and gave up too many probabilities on Monday, Horvat stated.
“I simply do not suppose we got here out onerous sufficient,” he stated. “We tried to let the sport come to us as an alternative of taking it to them and it backfired on us.”
Regardless of the outcome, the centre nonetheless had sort phrases for Vancouver’s younger goalie.
“It isn’t straightforward to return proper from junior and play an NHL recreation. So kudos to him for stepping up there,” Horvat stated. “And actually, I believe he performed a heck of a recreation. He made some unbelievable saves on the market. We hung him out to dry for lots of these targets and he had no probability on them.”
The Canucks might be again in motion on Wednesday, kicking off a three-game California street swing with a go to to the Anaheim Geese.
The Sharks host the Washington Capitals on Thursday.
NOTES: Canucks ahead Zack MacEwen additionally made his NHL debut on Monday night time. The 22-year-old from Charlottetown took dwelling a memento from the sport after tallying his an help on Pouliot’s purpose. … Vancouver has positioned centre Brandon Sutter on injured reserve with a decrease physique harm. … Pavelski registered a helper on Meier’s purpose, marking his 400th NHL help. … San Jose defenceman Erik Karlsson missed Monday’s recreation with a lower-body harm.