It seemed like a great seasonal gesture. Chicky throwing a Nucks day after boxing day team dinner. The bacon-wrapped rumballs, rib eyes wrapped in rum glasses and several cases of prosecco seemed a generous gesture.
When the game thread discovered the cases of prosecco were ‘donated’ by a white van with a Kings bumper sticker driven by a toothless guy with a suspicious pout, rumours started to spread like that - like rumballs covered in prosciutto. Yummy rumours are best.
Fortunately, Marky couldn’t imbibe because he spent the holidays as a delivery driver for Skip The Dishes - it’s a contract year, he’s exploring all offers.
The rest of the Nucks, but Stetch and Motte tho... happy holiday dinner hangovers are part of the team game too.
If you recall the THREE GAME WIN STREAK before Xmas, the Nucks played the Team D way. Pretty much. Post Xmas break? It’s not post enough yet.
Canucks start the game. And wait for the Kings to tire themselves out putting shots from everywhere on Marky.
this Kings team
is like a scout troop hunting gophers – they shoot shoot shoot their little bb guns with many weak and badly aimed shots - radivel
Finally the Kings get a little rest from all the shooting and go on the PK. Nucks post a goal-free PP.
Because the Kings are such a clean team, the Nucks only get 1 power-play. In the period. And the game. Kings. Rhymes with Lady Bing and the refs are devotees of poetry - not so much of good officiating.
After a dozen shots and 10 minutes, Jake is bored with the status quo, steals the puck and beats Quick real fast. On his 2nd quick shot.
“Can’t react Quick enough...” Who knew DeBrusk was such a punny guy.
Despite the wild baby duck shooting festival at Marky’s net, it’s the Nucks with the 1st goal of the game!
And you know what that means?
The Nucks get the 2nd goal of the game. Stop making it up. I’m not.
This time, in the last 30 seconds of the period, Sneaky Pete might get beat at the line, but Snappy Motte gets the delayed leftover pass and whips it past the Quick and the startled.
Timely stick drop from Carter. Against a team like that. Also... kudos to the punners at NHL replay central with their timely release.
Despite the Nucks being outshot 14-4 at one point in the period, the Kings win the shot clock 12-10. Because NHL stats are the most reliable. Like their officiating.
Nucks finish the period up 2-0. Game thread jumps out to an early lead too.
JUST LIKE THAT - radivel
The Canucks start the period. With the game already won and their holiday break rust still oxidising the high danger plays from Myers, Bo and many others, the game thread might have wondered if Green would lobby to have the game called because of... infectious hockey malaise.
Marky is symptom-free and takes to the ice for more goalie abuse. The team follows him to allow more goalie abuse.
The Kings are shooting. And shooting. And shooting.
And the game thread is marking save after save after save.
MARK-EE !!!!! - radivel
But, he can’t save them all. Dammit. Kopi jams the puck past Marky on his 10th attempt at whack-the-goalie.
Technically, Marky was interfered with on the play, but with no puck luck so far, Green isn’t going to gamble on a challenge which could result in a Kings PP. Since the Kings 5-on-5 in the Nucks zone looks like a 10 minute PP why push it.
Batch thought it was no goal because Marky’s skate got pushed into the net
Hirschy counters with “Its 2 minutes if you’re wrong” - ‘82
I want to say the Nucks pushed back, played hard on the puck and extended the lead. Putting high danger chance after uber-danger chance on Quick. But, Kent sometimes reads these recaps and I’ve used up most of my ‘literary license’ points for the month.
Kent was in the game thread, giving out birthday bumps - or preventing them.
Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays
And now it would be nice if the Canucks (except for Marky and Stech, who came to work) would come off theirs for this and win da turd.
And I don’t think I saw him in the comments, but make sure you wish our pal Twitchy a happy birthday today - Kent
The Nucks look tired most shifts. Have just enough energy to look to Marky to stop all but one of the 18 shots he stopped. Shot clock read: 18-7 for the Kings. That clock needs some adjustment. Will the Nucks travel with their shot clock maker to Cowtown?
The Nucks start the 3rd. Have started every period so far this game with the lead. That’s good.
As we know from recent games, the one goal lead is the safest lead in hockey. When your team is playing tight, stingey, gap-controlled team D.
When it’s not playing that style... well...
Yup. It’s a Kings goal on a scrambly play in front of Marky.
Game is tied. We know that. The ROG knows that. And Pete knows that.
He doesn’t like that. Pretty sure Miller doesn’t like it either. Nor Brock.
So they head up ice to atone for the tones of chances on Marky.
Brock gets the puck into the the seldom seen LA zone. Miller sends a smart pass to Pete and Pete sends the GWG into a Quickly deflated net.
There’s only about 9 minutes left to play. In the Nucks zone. And despite the shoot-first-score-later strategy of the Kings, they shoot and shoot and don’t score. Because, Marky is making history.
In the final minutes of the period, the Kings pull Quick - some say too late, but others say too early. It’s confusing.
Because with his net empty, Doughty ices the puck. That means the FO must come back into the Kings zone.
way to go, Drew
you shouldn’t ice the puck like that - radivel
But, WTH? Quick is back in net for the D-zone faceoff.
wasn’t in goal for the icing. Cheaters - jimmi
No matter. It’s a WIN!
shot attempts were 93 to 38 in favor of the Kings
Fine. It’s still a phenomenal display of the Nucks thrifty shot style. Not a style that becomes a lasting style trend, hopefully.
But it’s still a WIN!!! Woooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
For those with delicate tastes, prepare for the HNIC highlights.
GAME STATS (Craaaaaazee Stats)
PLAYER STATS (Team D Season over already?)
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Game’s 1st Star and MVP.
MARKY, MARKY, MARKY! After a career-best 49 save performance, Marky talks about Vancouver's fourth straight win. pic.twitter.com/8l68HRhyPQ— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 29, 2019
Elite Pete took the game on the stick and put it away.
Giving his team a 3-2 lead that they wouldn't relinquish shortly after the Kings had tied it tonight, Elias Pettersson has tied for 2nd on this list of @Canucks to provide critical scoring early in their NHL careers pic.twitter.com/EBhG9uI70k— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) December 29, 2019
The Green ‘fighting the puck’ Room was looking for friends. And not finding any, left the presser early.
No puck luck, no puck pressure, no gap control, no team D.
Doesn’t matter. What matters is the Marky-powered Team Like That beat the hungry Kings in the ROG.
It’s a FOUR GAME WIN STREAK!!!
Haven’t seen one of those since... October. The Nucks find a way to win with sloppy team play and stellar goal tending strategy. Prefer they used the whole team for winning, but it’s a Holiday Rust win. We’ll take it and move on up. Over the Rockies.
The real test starts with a battle in cowtown against a team of 18 year old kids. Let’s whip them with real Team D, as seen on TV (a few times). Enjoy the last Nucks road game of the season. Of the decade.