Due to UnOccupy SBN day NM skipped the big build up to this game and had to recycle last game’s game thread. NM went dark and green at the same time. We’re subversive that way.
Not that we needed a big build up, this game and its outcome, held the key to our happy Xmas break. We’re sick that way.
Tippet Green clog in the middle would be crucial for this game, possibly even more so than last game. We needed to be the team with the best ‘details’ and the Canucks were very detail oriented.
Pete didn’t score, but his defensive zone play frustrated the current best player in the world. And Bo was a beast against DrySaddle and McD too.
This season when EP scores, the Nucks are 11-2-1. However, when LE scores, the Nucks have never lost a game in regulation. Not making it up - the recycled game thread is.
We’re 26-0-4 when Loui scores
He truly is our good luck charm…
but just like a big fat diamond…the cost is $36million - ‘82
There’s just one little thing about that stat...
That would be amazing if only he was on pace for more than 4-5 goals a season. - radivel
Normally, that stat is for later, but I couldn’t wait, because Loui has scored - and all the closet Loui fans can come out and get some fresh air without fear of inhaling griefy game thread taunts.
Let’s unwrap this present from your Vancouver Canucks.
The stinged-up Nucks are ready to play and beat the Oil, Tippet-style. How does that happen against an actual Tippet-coached team?
Simple. Get the first goal of the game. How do they do that?
Simple. Get your 4th line on the ice for an O-zone draw in the final few seconds of the PP.
It’s Motte taking the draw (the 4th line missed him more than we want to pretend they didn’t). Not only takes the draw, wins the draw in the best way possible - lineman playing interference.
Motte hops on the official-deflected puck and rifles a snappy wrister up top past Koski glove side.
That 4th PP unit might get a few more seconds in future. Technically it wasn’t a PP goal, since the sparse seconds of PP time were all used up just as the puck was powering into the 4th unit record book. Fine, it’s more of a brochure, but a 500 page story starts with a single page.
Now the Tippet-coached team of the night, has to play like last week’s Green-coached team - from behind.
The behinded visitors suffer for a full four minutes of catch-up hockey. Poor things. We would have felt sorry for them, but not enough time.
Because in a rare (in this game) defensive puck-gazing session, Nuge skates around/through all the Nuckled-up defenders and scores on Marky with a puck-on-a-string theory made real.
Too real. Nucks could be reeling. The ROG is. This isn’t the 3rd Miracle Before Xmas pageant that was advertised in the NM Big Book of Promises Kept (sort of).
No matter. The shots were even with Nucks on the less even part of the 7-9 count.
The good news is that the
Tippet Green coached team has kept McD and DrySaddle off the score sheet. That is step 2 in the Tippet-squeaky playbook.
And then the even-up penalty officials call a penalty on Rooouse. Not fair, because he’s already been penalised by the faeries for months.
Doesn’t matter. The well-Oiled PP gets zone time and yup, McD/Saddle get a point each from a Klefbum goal.
The Oil now have a one goal lead. McD, DrySaddle have points. Things could go north-south real quick. Or south-north. Or West-East just as quick.
Doesn’t matter. The Nucks can use a few pages from the comeback kids playbook since they wrote
most it. In crayon and pencil. And it’s pretty tricky to read even under bright lights since it was dog-eared and chewed up last month.
Rousell gets the crowd going with a game of fistiness with Nurse. Not fair, because Rooous has already been pummelled by the faeries for months. Fortunately, Nurse only lands blows on Antoine’s face and head, not his knee.
No matter. Nucks keep pushing and get close in the last few minutes as Stetch beats the goalie and the post protects the Oil lead. Dammit.
Period ends with a 2-1 non-lead for the Nucks. But win the shot count by a massive 13 to 11.
This season the Tippet-coached Oil have not lost a game when leading after 2. Is that a scary stat?
No, it is not. It’s a streaky stat. And the Nucks are league-leading streak busters.
To prove it, Capt’n Bo and his skate break the homeless... er home goaless streak with a sneaky skate deflection off a Pearson rebound.
Sneaky not just because it was ruled a good goal, but because Bo kept his skate firmly on the ice which eliminates any possible kicking motion. Skidding motion? Sure, but that’s legal(ish). Bo knows.
It’s a tie game and everything to play for. Like breaking that streaking Oil stain stat.
McD is keen to get on another shift. Too keen. Caught leaving the bench too soon and that’s a penalty. And not against the Nucks.
And that means the nearly perfect Nucks PP has a chance to take the perfect lead. Great zone entry by Bo. Miller sets up Quinn for the winning goal! I’m not making it up. The Nucks 1st unit PP did.
Hugs all around for Huggy Bear.
We’ve won!!! It’s the 3rd Miracle Before Xmas! Just as was foretold (or wished) in the 2nd Miracle Before Xmas edition recap.
It’s a bonus miracle!
While the Oil are staining the ice with an extra attacker, Eddie gets control of the puck and heads up ice with Loui. Eddie passes to Loui. Loui scores!!!
That’s Loui’s 2nd goal of the season - both against Edmonton. It’s official, Loui is an Oil-killer.
This game was possibly one of the best games of the month. The Tippet-detail tribute from the Green (and blue) team kept the neutral zone clogged (most times). Bo, Beags and Pete kept McD and DrySaddle from being game-changers. For the worse.
Another gutsy win against the formerly leading team in the division. 4 point victories make the sweetest Xmas presents.
Another bonus, we get to hear the 2 Johns highlight the 3rd Miracle Before Xmas.
GAME STATS (WINNING STYLE)
PLAYER STATS (Great Players Make Great Stats)
|#||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|
Capt’n Bo Ho-Ho Claus is happy to break the drought without stick dependencies.
Hughes just keeps playing like a phenom. Because he is one. Our 1st star of the game.
Over in the Green Room we’re more than 3 days closer to a Trav grin.
Merry Xmas, NM! If we could have scripted this 3 game win streak just before Xmas, this is how we’d do it. Although... the better script writers would have beaten Vegas in regulation, but we won’t quibble the dramatic details.
We just WON! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
THREE TIMES IN A ROW!!!
With 6 points in 3 games the Nucks move from 5th in the Pacific to 5th in the Pacific. WTH?! That’s how tight the Pacific ship sails. The good news is we’re just 4 points off 1st and even better, 8 points off the bottom.
Even better, these last 3 games have displayed a team determined to play harder. Play the right way even at the wrong times. If the Nucks can keep this good ship great hockey off the shoals of sloppy, the 2nd half of the voyage will be fun to watch.
Happy Holidays NM. Enjoy your friends, family and footwear.