It’s 70s Night in the ROG. It’s all Disco hair and big bad Blues. Ugh.
Because it will give Kent and his ruffled tux a headache, let’s hear that sappy 70s Nucks TV intro tune. Remember to turn off the volume.
That's the way we became The #Canucks Bunch!— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 6, 2019
GAME N! pic.twitter.com/cKnHBFuQit
This was another must-win for the Canucks. Or a must-lose for the Blues. Whatever.
What happened was the Blues won the game until the last 4 minutes of the 3rd. And then after the 3 keystone Nucks forwards took themselves out of the play in OT, the Blues win again. Not fair.
Oh well... could have been worse. Could have been better too. Although the Blues are (allegedly) the current Cup champs and one of the best teams in the west. For the Canucks to push back and smack a knuckler past Binnnnnnton ought to be enough.
It’s not, but I despise the Blues. Not just because they got the (fake) Cup before we did, but for other reasons that can’t be mentioned on public
TV Radio internet. And the fake Cup thing too.
It’s that 70s show on center ice. Back when grey beards could play in the NHL.
Six classic #Canucks in the house for tonight's 70s Era celebration! Welcome back boys! pic.twitter.com/OmUPGpEMDf— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 6, 2019
The Nucks opened well against the big bad thugs of St Lois. The Nucks outshot the unwanted visitors 12-6. Neither our local 70s team nor the Blue heavies got a goal.
BEAGLE SMASH! More of that in the 2nd please! pic.twitter.com/kW3q06Vbkl— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 6, 2019
The Nucks out-played, out-chanced Blues through 20. Their Calder-losing goalie kept them in the game. Dammit.
Zip zip tie to start the 2nd. It’s a heavy hitting playoff game in November.
The Nucks power-play looked like that forgot they had Quinn back. The Blues 1-3 PK created havoc for the Nucks PP. Worse, the Nucks didn’t create havoc in front of the runner-up to last year’s Calder.
Last year’s Calder winner had 6 shots on the Calder’s first loser. Tonight tho, Pete didn’t beat last year’s first loser.
As tough as the Blues are, the Nucks played just as tough. Pretty much.
The Blues forecheck finally wore down the Nucks defenders and the Blues are on the board first. Dammit. Against our no-one-scores-on-us 4th line. Dammit.
Nucks outshot the fake Cup champs 13-10. And have the fake champs right where they want them.
That 70s team is behind by 1 at home. That 70s energy is ramping up.
Blues want to keep the lead. The Nucks want to break the lead. Miller wants to break St Lois - had 8 hits on the night. Virt is ramping up his game. And becomes one of two Nucks to beat the goalie. But not the post.
But, we love some foreshadowing. That pingington let Quinn know what was possible.
On the Nucks best scoring play of the game. Ok, the only Nucks scoring play of the game, Pete and Leivo run some visual distraction in front of the net.
Quinn lofts a rolling puck over Binnnington’s shrugging shoulder. Woooooooooooo!
WHAT A HUGHES GOAL! pic.twitter.com/B989qjvkNw— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 6, 2019
Boom! It’s a 1-1 tie. Against the best team in the west.
Our young kids can play, even out play the big boys. Great fight back. Matched the intensity of the heavy team.
Mission accomplished. Victory will be ours.
Until Myers missed the net and took out Miller behind the Blues Net. Now it’s that 70s beer league 3-on-none. Poor Marky. Left alone to face 3 Blues. Ugh.
Oh well. Freak plays happen. Fortunately only on freak 70s theme nights in the ROG.
Enjoy the video highlights. Until that 70s hairy ending.
“We played a helluva game. It was a playoff atmosphere and we did a lot of good things. That was good for this group. We showed a lot of pride fighting back.” - Miller— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 6, 2019
STATS (good stats - for a loss)
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Capt’n Bo was pissed about losing in OT. So were we.
“We battled hard tonight. It’s good to get a point in the end, but we wanted two. I thought we were right there with them, if not pushing the play. That was a playoff game.” - Horvat— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 6, 2019
Let’s hear from our lone goal scoring hero.
They didn't win, but the #Canucks have points in eight straight games. Hughes shares his thoughts on Vancouver's play. pic.twitter.com/VCCTB6IeIe— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 6, 2019
Coach “Sore Throat” Green talks the heavy presser.
Hear from Coach Green after the #Canucks fall to the Blues in overtime at @RogersArena. https://t.co/S0u6Z7EE7f— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 6, 2019
Going to go out on the broken rum bottle glass that Westy threw down and state this Nucks team can play well against any team. And win. Just about.
That test is over. Now the eastern road trip test begins. That will be a more gruelling extended test. The road power-play will be tuned up and ready to score. It will, right?
The first test begins with an old (and slow) rival in the Hawks. Or as we call them in game threads, the Fawks. This showdown in slowtown begins at 5:30 pm PST on Thursday. I know, it’s either still in work hours, dinner hours or just the annoying hour.
The new battled-tested Nucks can make it much less annoying by scoring 5 in the first. And a few more in the 2nd and 3rd. How many points can we get from this 2 game trip? 4? 5? Yeah, let’s go with 5, because of the exchange rate.
Enjoy your hump day and get out the TV dinner trays for Thursday. And Friday. Yay.