After the last game, we were hungry for a home win streak. Not just NM, the Nucks were too.
The Nucks paid back the house on Thursday with a fabulous win against the Nighties with a playoff-style game (including the outrageous uncalled cheapshots). That playoff level of intensity is required by the Nucks just to give themselves the chance to play in the playoffs.
Since blowing the multi-goal 3rd period lead in Pitts and losing 8-6 to the Pens on the road last month, the home Nucks had a big letdown performance to redeem.
Redemption is best served at home. And the Nucks served gourmet redemption with meticulous puck management services. Please tip your game thread waiter.
For those in the NM party pool who were unable to watch using their own senses, due to the sssslippery gravity wells filled with alcohol, let’s explain the 2nd miracle before Xmas.
The Nucks played tight team D. Not falling for the Pens run ‘n gun gimmicks. Nope. This is a
Tippet Green coached team who clog the neutral zone and keep the Pens pinned to the outside. Who give nothing. Nothing but frustration.
In fact, so conservative and tight checked, the 1st shot of the game didn’t happen until 10 minutes in. I like that approach.
Not the Pens, who got frustrated and took too many trips to the box. Or in game thread speak, a reasonable number of trips.
The 1st Nucks PP was a 4 minute special earned in Gaud blood from a high stick. While the Pens were trying to kill it, Tanev’s easily frustrated little brother was caught trying to hug huggy bear.
To the box with him. Sully is sulking mad at the refs. The game thread wept for him. Laughing so hard the tears poured out.
And so did the first unit’s first goal of the game. But, the sneaky Sully challenged - on the offside that was some 60 seconds earlier that none in the game thread could recall. (Some may not even be able to recall the game thread in the morning. That’s what recaps are for.)
Goal is disallowed. The game thread disavows the refs. So... the refs restore the 5 on 3 because JJ trips BB.
With the 2nd unit on the job, they simmer the sauce in the zone. Myers sets up Jake for the scorching (or lucky) one-timer that beats Murray far side.
#ShotGunJake Saturday Night in the ROG. And the game thread.
Can’t take this one away. It’s 1-0 Nucks and the Mighty Pens haven’t even inked a shot on the shot form.
But wait! There’s more!
Pens still have to kill more. Nucks have to score more. And Miller wants his PP lucky fortune goal cookie. This one is not going back to the kitchen.
2-0 Nucks. Pens are lucky it’s not 3 nothing. On 5 shots. That’s efficiency. Wet coast hockey cuisine style.
Period is over and the Pens haven’t put a shot on net. Not making it up. Although kinda wish I could for the 2nd.
The Nucks are up 2-0 and outshoot the Pens 5-0. That’s some sweet thrifty payback.
Game thread likes the new look Nucks Thrifty Team-D.
Zero shots on goal is the Pitts - ‘82
This period was fun
I hope the Pens keep forgetting about the rules. - radivel
Of course, Marky was brilliant. Stopped every shot he never had to. Hope he can warm up for the 2nd.
Can the Nucks keep up the canny Scotch Broth starters for the main course?
No, they can’t. The Pens push back. A little much. The game theme is a low event diet plan. Even the game thread has fully converted to liquid rations. Possibly
vegan venal liquids.
The Nucks are happy to stick to the low op provisions. Only increase their shots on the luckless MM by 1. Very civilised. But, the insatiable Pens go full greedy shot splurge.
Shoot 20 times on Marky. He stops all but 1. The refs were looking for their league-required makeup calls. In a twist of the stick, Gaud is called for a 4 minute high one.
And the Pens score. Cut the Nucks lead by one.
No matter. Super Pete is taking his skill downtown where the grease is served. Myers puts a hot dish on MM who burps it out to Pete who snaps it under the bar where great greasy goals are served fresh in the ROG.
3-1 Nucks. They’re dominating the game. On the scoresheet.
Pens out-greed on the shots 20-6. That’s fair. Little dip in the light event fare in the second, but still have a satisfying 2 goal lead regimen after 2.
Game thread was a little concerned about digesting a ‘safe’ lead.
So we are setting up nicely for the epic 3rd period collapse. It’s tradition with the Penguins and this time of year - Canata
No, we’re good
we’re only winning by 2.. if we score again, then we’re in trouble - radivel
So far the shot-limited offensive diet has kept the Nucks lead slim and trim.
The goal-starved Pens keep pushing and wasting energy on wasted shots. The ravenous flightless ravens can’t make any of their 9 shots count.
Nucks were barely out chanced, just 3-2. That’s some serious game management, team D style.
But the Nucks make every 3rd shot count. Hard forechecking from Pete and Brock, setup Brock for this lucky goal, that removes the Pitts pushback permanently.
Brock is our luckiest shooter. Who makes his own special MM luck lunches.
The Pens pull MM in favour of a 6th futile gesture with 3 minutes to play. Nucks keep them waiting at the
coat stick check, far away from the all-you-can-score buffet.
Nucks WIN 4-1! Wooooooooooo!
That’s how you count calories and live well.
It’s HNIC highlights - oh well... a win is a win.
GAME STATS (Winning Stats)
Getting outshot 29-14 isn’t a good look most nights. But a frugal win is just as good, actually much better, as some extravagant shot splurge loss.
PLAYER STATS (Winning Players)
|#||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|
Marky is given the 3rd star honours, but he’s been our 1st star on the PK and often on the PP.
2 points for Pete who is going on the full elite diet this week.
Our Make Your Own Luck Brock comments on the not so lucky .714 SV% Murray.
Over in the Green Room, the mood is winning minds and soundbites.
Two Xmas miracles in one week. That’s the holiday spirit.
What I liked about this game is that the coaching/team has changed up the loose defensive play. The Nucks D looked like an effective D-force. Pairing Myers with the steady Fantenberg looks much better than the Quinn/Myers one. One riverboat gambler per pair might just be D thing.
Forwards played better team D. Gap control is a term that isn’t banished from recaps any longer. That’s a gift that can keep on giving.
One more gift is waiting to be unwrapped. We beat the team that beat the Oil, that means we can too. In our own building. Make it so Capt’n Bo D Claus.