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Canucks' Demko injured vs. Panthers

Thatcher Demko Vancouver Canucks Thatcher Demko - The Canadian Press

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko suffered an apparent lower-body injury in the first period of Thursday's game against the Florida Panthers and did not return.

Demko was helped off the ice and left the game after a sequence near the end of the frame where the Panthers got their third goal of the period. Demko stopped two shots off the rush before doubling over on the third attempt favouring the upper side of his right leg. 

Spencer Martin replaced the injured Demko, who allowed three goals on 16 shots prior to departing. Martin allowed two goals on 15 shots in relief in an eventual 5-1 loss.

After the game, head coach Bruce Boudreau did not have an update on Demko.

The 26-year-old Demko has a 3.81 goals-against average and .885 save percentage in 14 games this season. This is his sixth season in Vancouver after being selected in the second round (No. 36 overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Canucks will be back in action Saturday at home against the Arizona Coyotes.