It’s only a weirdo state and two games late, but this is the road game we expected (or hoped for). Of course, Boofooloo isn’t the Prez-winning team that is T-Bay, but it is a morning game - kind of balances out.
With a 10AM PST start, most of NM (or at least the trustworthy ones) were either still out drinking to obliterate the Floridian sweep or sleeping it off after obliterating the Floridian nightmare.
Because NHL hockey schedules are as cruel as their franchise contracts, we must cover this game while not being fully in our right minds. As with every other Nucks game.
Ready to go? Me neither.
The puck drops. The sound of rubber hitting ice, forces the game thread to adjust their auditory delusions to match their dismal expectations.
The Nucks are holding the edge in play until the caffeine arrives. Since it’s an afternoon game for the Sabre rattlers, they can put the Nucks under pressure with their version of a Floridian 5-on-5 power play strategy.
And they appear to score the 1st goal. The refs and eastern hockey cabal agree. That makes it official.
And they’re still losing — ‘82
The Nucks not scoring the 1st goal on this road trip is filled with omens and demons and stuff. And gators.
But, this is northern NY, it’s cold. Like a proper hockey place. No gators wandering around this icy rink.
Which means the Nucks can use that northern hockey know how and get a goal from our North Star State star.
It’s a Brockified deflection off a Stetch pass.
It’s a tie game. That stays tied after 1. That’s not so bad.
That period a win… were still tied, which after Florida is a big win — Twitchy
Nucks outshoot their matinee hosts 13-9. That’s not so bad either.
On this road trip the 2nd period is where as they say in piratese: “Thar be
But, this isn’t gator-gate. Sure it might still be the same inconvenient time zone, but the ice here is made from actual water, not some hallucinogenic compound.
Early in the period the Nucks are pressing - with a setup from Quinn.
Bo takes a shot/pass/something and gets his own rebound/something and puts it in the net.
Woooo!!! It’s 2-1 Nucks. We’re WINNING in the 2nd!
The massive Nucks fan contingent in Buffalo are ecstatic!
I know, it’s the dreaded safest lead in hockey. Can the Nucks keep the lead and finish the period on top?
No they can not.
And worse, the refs award the homers with a 5-on-4 power play. Which turns out to be just as effective as their 5-on-5 odd man advantage.
Game is tied 2-2. For now.
Because... Brock scores again to give us the lead!
Or does he? The game thread analyses the officials.
Brock scored...but no goal
Toronto hates us — ‘82
It’s a career choice
If NHL reffs understood physics they’d instead be unraveling the mysteries of the universe. — canuck94
The no-goal call stands while the game thread sits and ponders the gaming of the game.
Reffed. Again. Or maybe it could be called canucked. — Twitchy
Oh well... period ends in a 2-2. A tie after the 2nd, that’s not so bad.
Vancouver keeps their narrow lead on the shot clock, outshooting the Sabres 9 to 9.
The 3rd starts in the best way possible.
The 6-40-9 line are pressing. Pete forces a turnover and Millsie sails into port Hutton and docks the puck on his 2nd shot.
3-2 Nucks! We’re winning! In the 3rd!
Can the Nucks keep the safest lead in hockey? Can NHL officials call everything? Is NM happy with Loui’s golden pay cheque?
If you guessed the correct answer is no, you’re getting a star. Zemgus Girgensons edition. A keepsake that Nucks fans will trade before the deadline.
Fine. 3-3 tie with lots of time for the Nucks to get the also dreaded safest 3 goal lead.
Not making it up.
Brock gets the GWG and his
3rd 2nd of the game off a nice give and go with Quinn’s sneaky D-partner, Tanev.
Back on top! 4-2 Lead.
That gets a boost of Virt-juice. On a delayed penalty, the Nucks get the 6-on-5 going into the zone. Motte with a saucey pass to Jake. It’s lunch time on the wet coast!
Let’s eat Buffalo burgers!
And who better to cap off the main course than our own EN goal specialist.
6-3 Nucks!!! The Loui streak is back on. Nucks win every game that Loui scores in. Sure, it’s a 1 game streak, but small steps back to towering legend.
Finally. What we’ve been waiting 2 long terrible games for. A win.
Despite the near lunch hour game, the 2 Johns take a time out from the food scrum to give us some winning video.
GAME STATS (the proper kind)
PLAYER STATS (the good kind)
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Despite being a win, Capt’n Bo steps up to the camera.
Oh wait... they were thousands of Nucks fans in the rink after all.
Tonight’s attendance: ALL HORVATS! pic.twitter.com/S0uzkKHxGN— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) January 11, 2020
Not only was Bo all over the ice in this game, he was all over the stands as well. He’s versatile. But we knew that.
Since it’s a win, the Green Room doesn’t have to face the gatored community.
But, the game’s 1st star does. Brock takes the glare of the almost-hattie well.
"I'm feeling really confident. Me and my linemates need to make sure we maintain will and determination and keep producing for our team." - @BBoeser16 after lighting the lamp twice today pic.twitter.com/M4dsUvDQk5— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) January 11, 2020
Playing a 60 minute game for pretty much the full 60 is a radical strategy for this young team, but they could be onto something.
Is it enough of a win to redeem the gator-fest of Floridian [redacted]? No time to answer that. It’s the NHL Schedule of Road Hockey Hell.
Nucks are in Minni to play the
North Stars Wild in less time than Westy can spend on a rum treasure hunt. A proper 1PM PST matinee start.
Don’t touch that winning streak dial, NM. Because we want