What a difference a day of travel makes.
But first, let’s just gawk at this:
Wow! The first (maybe not last) FIVE GAME WIN STREAK of the season. What a great way to rock out 2019.
The road Nucks, free from the pressure of free prosecco at home, this
Tippet Green coached team was able to play the tireless team game for most of the game. Some say that’s because they only played 15 minutes last night because Marky played the full 60.
Whatever the reason, the Nucks started strong, finished strong and barely wobbled in the 2nd. Was it the best Nucks road game of the year? Very likely.
Let’s get on with it.
Unlike last night, tonight’s Nucks were on the puck right from the 1st faceoff. Bo was a beast in the dot, won 17 of 20. Team was 68% in the dot. Flames were beaten right at the start. They just didn’t know it. Yet.
Soon though. Very soon.
Because the league’s highest scoring power-play in the world draws up a simple, like a fox, strategy. Shoot the puck!
Myers shoots through a screen and Rittich curses through a mask.
Just a few minutes into the game and the Nucks have scored the 1st goal!
Again! Getting out front on the road is key.
And there’s only one thing more keyed-up than getting the 1st goal of the game.
Getting the 2nd goal. From the same sharp shooting offensive Myers!
It’s an even strength tally that even Garret would probably stop. If it hit his belly. Not a good look for Rittich, but it’s a great look for the Nucks. And that’s what counts.
You know what else counts?
Getting the 3rd goal of the game. Did Myers get that one too? No, but got the assist from Jake’s PP goal. 2nd unit keeping the league’s highest scoring PP in the lead.
Nice deflection from Hammerednic.
And there ends
The Chronicles of Riddick - radivel
Rittich is pulled after giving up 3 goals on 7 shots. That’s not so bad. For us. In fact, the game thread, like Miller, were hoping for a Myers hattie.
Still... the game thread did their best to keep their spirits up.
The flames are just a tire fire. Complete breakaway and he goes offside. Fuckin love it.
Deked himself out there
Nucks outshot the de-Flamed 11-9 and lead 3-nothing after 1.
With the game already won in the first, the game thread turned their considerable attention to fancy cocktails long after the cocktail and
tie mai tai hour.
The Nucks are leading by 3. It’s the safest lead in hockey. Not according to the game thread, but they’ve been drinking. A lot.
Good first period
Buuuut it’s the worst lead in hockey… - Twitchy
While the Nucks aren’t playing the full
Tippet Green method, they keep some pressure on the team with the saggy-topped arena.
It’s a rougher period, with the refs calling lots of penalties. Probably not enough, but still it’s nice to know those whistles can still work this deep in the season.
Lol flames fans
Not liking their team being called for messing up over and over. Yeah flames fans, it’s the refs fault… - Twitchy
And still... the real fans know who the refs work for.
a 5 on 3 kill for the Flames
I cringe at the possible repercussions when the refs decide to even things up - Westy
And it’s 4 on 4 time and that means some sloppy road team changes and that means... Flames on the board.
Game thread took it well.
Most excellent...no 3 goal lead anymore - ‘82
Game thread is still drinking. A lot.
and there it is
Canucks almost survived the period…3-1 - Westy
No matter. The Nucks are just practising the 2 goal lead thing - safest lead in hockey. Outshot the offside-loving hosts, 8-9. It’s the polite visitor thing to do.
Now with the safest lead in hockey, the road Nucks are back to playing with fire.
The 3 goal alarm lead.
Sweet spin and shoot move from Pearson.
Pearson was just helping Loui run up his impressive seasonal apple total.
first one of the year
lol - radivel
With the safest lead in hockey restored, the Nucks are free to wear down the unFlamed some more.
At least until the last minute. When some scramble, scramble who has the puck play flourished in front of Demko. Unfortunately, Dem was caught posing - sideways. Not his best side. The Flames score.
It’s 4-2. And the other safest lead in hockey is restored.
There’s a minute left and the Flames pull Talbot. For different reasons when pulling Rittich.
This reason was to keep Myers humble by giving Pearson a couple goals too.
Play begins with a high danger special Ed pass, that turns into a Pearson breakaway that turned into a hooking call that turned into a goal. Hockey is a simple game.
With but 30 seconds left in the game, the 3 goal lead really is the safest lead in hockey.
Nucks defeat the Flames 5-2. Woooooooooooo!!!
The game thread is jubilant. And probably still drinking. A lot.
But still, it’s been a great run of games in the game thread this season (not counting November and early December).
Must leave this thread properly
Have a fantastic end to your year, NMers !!
We are all part of a wonderful family here… which is filled with great personalities, great humour and great times.
I am very humbled to be welcomed into this family
My best wishes to all of you and your families !!
And….Go Coco-Nucks !! - ‘82
Since it’s a Sunday game, the highlights still have HNIC voice-marks on them. I’m sorry. The 2 Johns don’t do the internet without sportynet consent.
GAME STATS (WINNING STATS!)
PLAYER STATS (WINNING STATS!)
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Myers is the game’s 1st star. Jake was elected 3rd star.
Demko was our 2nd star. (If we would have been allowed to vote)
“I felt a little rusty, but I got more comfortable as the game went on. Having the lead was great tonight; the guys really played well in front of me.” - Demko— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 30, 2019
“We did a good job in the 1st and 3rd, but took our foot off the gas in the 2nd. We have to learn from that and make sure we play a full game and not let them back in it.” - @tannerjpearson— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 30, 2019
The road Green Room was not heard on the twitterphone, so we can only assume he was pretty pleased that the team came out to play hard early, score early and win early and often - didn’t leave Dem in a shot siege like they did to Marky.
This F I V E Game Win Streak has catapulted (or cat-scratched) the Nucks into 2nd place in the division.
Sure, it’s a weak division - just how we like it - there’s still a couple solid teams in it. Both are desert dwellers, which is still a weird thing to think about in the middle of a wet coast Canadian winter. So, we won’t.
We will just enjoy the longest winning streak of the 2019 season. And look forward to the new year. The new decade. The new Canucks era. These new Nucks are fun to watch. When they play the full 60(ish) and play the right hard way, the 2020 section of the season could be the extended edition. Imagine. Canucks hockey in May. Or just wait for it. Happy New Year, NM!