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This is what extending the lead in the Pacific looks like. Great look!

St Louis Blues v Vancouver Canucks
Demko: 11-1-0 at Home! Woooo!!!
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

The ROGin’ Nucks keep on rocking in the ROG! Home WIN streak is now NINE GAMES! Have to go back to a previous century to see it matched. Wow!

Oh... and we’re still...

Pacific Leading Nucks

After the big AS final game on the weekend (which we won, btw), where the hosts were bounced in the 1st round (by us, btw) you might have expected the sad Blues to make a statement in the ROG.

And they did. Maybe not the statement they wanted to make, but we don’t care. What we do care about is the allegedly western conference anointed ones are just another team that loses in the ROG.

Pre-game, the SPW was overflowing with over-confidence. Not a single (faithless) NMer picked the Blues to win. When the SPW expectorates in a single voice, the universe listens.

Not to the trio of Monday game SPW spec-squawkers, because that would be too weird, but the universe is listening to this new confident group of ROG winning players.

Did the prestigious win in the prestigious AS finals have an effect on the our ROGgers?

Let’s find out.

1st Period

If you didn’t attend the AS game personally and offer your disgusting allegiance to Gary B’s marketing machine, you may not have heard that Huggy Bear was quite the sensation in both games - the western conference final and the hard fought Supreme AS final win.

With that sort of glorious mojo still fresh in his mind, we can excuse his bad backhand clear that ends in a Blues goal. Ugh for Hug.

Oh well. It’s just one goal. As we saw on the weekend, one goals leads are never safe.

Except this season, no team have beaten the Blues in regulation when trailing.

So what. The never-say-never Nucks don’t care about strange stats.

Game thread isn’t worried either.

down a goal already...

we’re doomed — copey

The Nucks hold onto the one goal deficit and outshoot the Blues 9-10. Pretty good start. Even the game thread agrees.

Both teams played well

only difference is we got a post, they didn’t — radivel

Canucks and the post

friends forever — Westy

2nd Period

With that unpleasantness out of the way, the Nucks can focus are the important part of the game. The winning part.

A mere 2 minutes in and the 18-40-9 line is playing the breakout against the pinchers of St Lois.

Sweet breakout pass from Pete - who was playing with fire, puck pressure and speed all night - leads to some confusion in the old heavy Blues zone. Virt to Tanev to a spin and shoot Millsie. Just like that. One goal lead no more.

Does it matter that the Blues pushed-back? No, it does not. While the Blue Notes may have held the shock shot count edge, we have Demmmer. Who is the best backup goalie in the ROG.

We know that, because 10 minutes later, it’s Miller time. Again. This time Pete gets an apple on a great play from Virt to Millsie.

Demmer has only allowed 1 goal, Allen has let in 2. On far fewer shots. Demmer is better. Proved through scientific measurements and re-biased ROG revelry.

Nucks lead 2-1!

The Blue and Yellow visitors are reeling. No, really. With near zero giveaways in the 1st, they’re giving up pucks like champs.

Again the BerBlueubians put the pressure on. Again the Nucks and Demko absorb the pressure and ask for more.

While the Nucks were outshot 16-8 in the period, it doesn’t matter.

The game thread noted the unfair Nucks advantage.

This Period - Millers: 2, Blues: 0 — Radivel

3rd Period

The game is won. We know that. The ROG knows it too. A one goal lead starting the 3rd is the safest lead in hockey.

Sure... in the past we have seen season after season (or November after November) where the Nucks can’t keep the lead in the 3rd.

That was a different era. This is a different team.

Besides, this is a playoff game. Not going to get 5 goals. It’s a tight checking, hard hitting early playoff round.

Although... Bo was making moves to keep Allen honest...

And Demmer was making saves that defied the eyes.

nickname for Thatcher Demko after that save

TD – aka “the Bank” —jluglue

The Blues might play a fast, heavy style that looks alot like those 5-on-5 PP we saw before the AS break. Doesn’t matter.

The Nucks 5-on-4 and 5-on-5 PK is perfect. Beags blocked shots like he wanted a swollen shoulder for days. So many shot blocks. A couple too many icings.

Doesn’t matter. Time and destiny are on our side. The Blues will lose. 2-1? Or 3-1?

In the last minutes, Allen is pulled in favour of the 6-on-5 PP.

And Green counters with the specialists... ‘Empty Net Specialists’ as the 2 Johns call them.

With the seconds down to half a second, it’s Loui to Bo for the EN.

Gritty, gutsy win over the team that no one can beat in regulation when behind. Until now.

While the Blues outshot the gritty Nucks 37-26, the Nucks had more high danger chances with 11 vs 8 from the loser Blues.

TD extended his winning ROG record to 11-1-0 and gets the game’s 1st star.

The Nucks lead the division by 3 points and are only 8 points back of the Blues. Love these 4 point wins.

Order and great commentary is restored to the NHL, as the 2 Johns call it.

GAME STATS (The Best Kind)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Blues
STL
37 39% 0/3 6 22 16 3
Canucks
VAN
26 61% 0/3 6 21 23 9


PLAYER STATS (TD Making Bank)

# Forwards GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
6 B. Boeser 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 13:40 4:00 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 2 0 2 2 2 3 0 3 1 3 0 0 73 19:00 3:42 2:42 0
18 J. Virtanen 0 2 2 2 2 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 14:33 2:06 --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 14:44 --:-- 2:43 0
21 L. Eriksson 0 1 1 1 1 3 2 3 0 2 1 0 14:31 0:04 1:00 0
26 A. Roussel 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11:02 2:18 --:-- 0
40 E. Pettersson 0 1 1 1 2 3 0 3 1 0 0 1 16:06 3:45 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 1 0 1 1 1 5 0 5 0 2 0 1 70 17:46 3:29 0:07 0
64 T. Motte 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2 1 0 15:17 --:-- 1:21 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 14:23 1:38 --:-- 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 3 1 0 64 18:10 0:05 4:14 0
88 A. Gaudette 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 36 10:42 2:18 --:-- 0
# Defense GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
5 O. Fantenberg 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 5 3 0 1 16:29 --:-- 1:37 0
8 C. Tanev 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 21:43 --:-- 4:23 0
23 A. Edler 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 21:07 0:35 4:16 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 20:26 3:47 --:-- 0
51 T. Stecher 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 14:22 0:05 --:-- 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 20:08 2:08 1:37 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
35 T. Demko -- 36 37 29–30 6–6 1–1 36–37 .973 0 60:00


Demmer was spectacular, saving 36 of 37 shots - he liked the shot blocks out front too.

The game’s 2nd star, game tieing and game winning scorer, talks about the playoff process.

Over in the Green Room, Travis is talking a pretty good game about a good great game.

I know, you’d like the Nucks to play the next 5 games at home, but the NHL schedule sadists chose to interrupt our ROGy fun.

Next game is in the Tank in SJ on Wednesday. A place where the Sharks just won a game. With that out of the way, they can continue losing to the Nucks. As they must. It’s part of the playoff process - Nucks lost all 4 games last season to the teal eels. This season the Nucks must win them all. Simple symmetric mathematics.

After that win, it’s off to the eastern gulags for early morning and late afternoon pee-wee games. Need to pick up a couple or 4 wins there and then we can enjoy February like never before.

Until then, let’s enjoy this last morsel of the best Nuckled January in far too long. Oh... and savour our #1 status in the Pacific. These young Nucks have earned it.