Who could have predicted a THREE game Nucks win streak - last month?
Barely a handful of NM SPW Fan Fiction writers could barely predict it today.
No matter. The miracle bounces just keep on rebounding on the road. Last game’s win was started with a lucky bounce off glass and goalie, but was finished with skill and ruthless precision.
This game’s win in the Columbus Canon Club began with lucky deflections and finished with a sneaky greasy goal.
The win didn’t start looking like a win. In fact according to the official NM gamethread log, it appeared the loss was almost assured and many had filed out of the gamethread early to avoid the usual virtual traffic jam.
Then the sure Jackets win was bing-ping-bonged into a sure Jackets loss.
Them’s the bounces.
The period didn’t start too badly. For Columbus.
Pretty bad for Marky tho. Not even a minute in and the hard MarkySoftie comments are hitting the ice.
Just an unlucky screen on Marky. Or was it? Any goal against in the 1st minute of the 1st has momentous implications for NM spirits. That’s why we keep the cap on pretty tight. We’ve had the spirits evaporate too fast, too soon, too often this season. And we can’t expect Captain M. to make house calls at dinner time.
Fortunately, despite the BJs outshooting the Nucks 9-7, the period ends with the home team and the most annoying goal celebration horn in the league only annoying us once.
Ok, down just one goal and everything is to play for. Sort of.
Except the Jackets appear to believe they can outshoot the Nucks and take/give penalties with impunity. And they’re correct.
Nucks get outshot 17-7, take 2 penalties and a powerplay.
But, thankfully, the canon remains silent for the full 20 minutes.
1-0 Columbus after 2.
And here it is. Trailing after two on the road. If this sounds familiar it is. The Nucks spent most of last month’s games chasing the game in the third and padding their 3rd period GA league leading stat.
That’s so last month.
Because. Bounces. This isn’t just the month of festive colours and spiked eggnog hangovers. It’s the month of bounces. So far... mainly a month of lucky ones.
The never-quit-Canucks never quit even when padding the GA stat sheet. With the Nucks buzzing around the broken play playground, they generate enough deflective energy for the big bountiful bounce to bound into a net-twitching display of tiefullness.
The official game record claims this pinball goal was scored by Leivo. The professional broadcast Johns claim it was Tanev’s goal, but then it was Jake’s, but then there was a sub sandwich commercial and were distracted.
It’s a TIE GAME! No matter who did or didn’t bounce-score it.
And it’s all even, with...finally, something to play for. The Nucks have comeback and can now press for the lead.
And so can the Jackets. Dammit.
Was this a shot that Marky should had? A clear that didn’t?
Because, we have a rookie pinball phenom who sets up the play in Gretzky’s old office which allows Eddie a lane for a shot. A shot that goes straight. To Leivo. And then to EP’s skate who was doing the happy step dance before the goal even happened. Yes, he’s sees the ice and the future.
It’s a TIE GAME! A lucky or skilful tip of the tippy toe of skate.
Doesn’t matter. What matters with mere minutes to play, is there’s something to play for. Can I say it? A one goal regulation win with a minute and forty-six to go?
It’s a late Jake shot on a lucky butt bounce for the Shotgun!
The Nucks under outshoot the Jackets 36-25. Doesn’t matter. The Nucks score 3 in the 3rd!
And win the game! Really. The Nucks just won a one goal game - there is a Santa!
The @Canucks won in regulation after trailing in the last 4:00 of the 3rd for the 8th time in franchise history.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 12, 2018
The last such instance was Oct. 8, 2000 at TBL when they trailed 4-2 before scoring 3 goals in the final 2:55 to win, including the GWG by Denis Pederson. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/p7GyBJIwxR
Let’s rewind the bounces...
3 Goal 3rd period comeback. 3rd Canucks WIN in a row.
A THREE Game WINNING Streak!!!
You know what that means...
And as you well-informed statsinistas know, NM likes to get ahead of predictive trends. Either by starting them, lead them by following too closely or deflecting them into strange places.
And here we are again. The Playoffs or the Jack-offs. The choice was made for us last month, but it’s a new month with new choices. Possibly.
Petey had “One of my luckiest goals” and an assist. Keeping his rookie scoring streak streaming across the rookie stat sheet.
#Canucks Elias Pettersson is the first player with 32 points thru first 27 NHL games since Alexei Yashin in 1993-94— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) December 12, 2018
Here’s the stat line for the team, including Pouliot, who played over 17 minutes and came out even.
|#||Forwards||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
|#||Defense||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
Here’s Virt from the GWG grease pit talking about those tough-to-play against Jackets.
Moar greasy goals! If they’re greasy enough it can lubricate a win streak. And we need more win streaks. For morale purposes. We don’t really care about the win/loss record. Unless the loss record breaks loss records, then we care. Deeply.
Let’s hear from our .944 SV% Marky.
It’s a late road game in the late afternoon, so no time/space for a Greening of the room. But Travis did say this:
‘’It’s nice when your team gets rewarded for sticking with it,’’
Our former Torturer had this to say about the game.
‘’We had some really good chances to maybe go up by two, didn’t finish a couple times,’’ he said. ‘’But that’s the way it’s going for us right now. Three really funky goals.
Who knew Columbus was such a FunkyTown?
Speaking of funky country towns, this roadshow is bouncing into Smashville on Thursday. Yes, to play the Preds - same team where our Alien defeated a Predator.
This could either be another fun game to watch and win or a pretty much fun to watch loss. Who can say? Not even the SPW pre-cogs are looking that far into the near future. And we won’t either.
To the Future! And Beyond!