Did you know we’re on the brink of history? Yeah... I know we’ve been on the brink since the doomsday clock was set 2 mins to 12 in January 2018. And sure... as of Jan 23rd this year, it’s at 100 seconds to midnight.
No, it’s another type of history - not the end of it.
I would explain it, but I’m lazy and Abby was pitching history from the past anyhow. In his SPW he noted:
With the Leafs defeating the Stars tonight, should the Canucks win tonight they will pass them in the Western Conference standings. This will reduce the number of non-bubble teams in the west to two. Once the Canucks pass Colorado and Sr. Louis, it will be the first time in NHL history that all the teams in the Western Conference will be bubble teams.
That’s the goal - make history and pop bubbles. Or make bubbles. Pretty sure Abby or Kent knows what it means even if I’m on the outside the of bubble looking down at Springfield High.
Whatever. Before we get to the historic effervescence threshold, the Nucks have to start a stoopid road trip. The best way to payback the NHL schedule sadists is win all the road games.
In the ROG, preferably.
We’re not in the ROG anymore. We’re in the Tank. Once a terror of teal. Lost 5 of the last 6 games in the acrid azure. But... the last game in SJ, the Nucks won.
So... no worries.
Unless the home teal eels get the first goal of the game. Which they did. Hertl scores on a juicy Marky rebound. The hockey gawds will deal with Hertl later. That’s all I can say about that.
First line stuck in their own end
Hertl makes it 1-0 — Westy
Fine. It’s a 1 goal lead for the losing Sharklettes. What? They’re leading, not losing. Sure... but wait a bit. Too long a bit, but still...
Can’t hold the lead for long when our All-Star Quinn is walking the talk and the line.
The first road goal of Hughes' career is pic.twitter.com/Td0mRpGWcT— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) January 30, 2020
Huggy Bear’s first road goal... but not his last.
As you may have heard via the NM gossip line, Canuck94 was holding his breath and dipped his NM allegiance in the Tank.
Why is Huggy Bear’s nickname not Johny Cask?
Because on that play he totally walked the line. Thing of beauty. — canuck94
And the beauty delivers a 1-1 tie in the 1st.
Was it a great road period? Sure, the game is tied. Nucks tied the eelies 7-14 on the shot clock too.
Was it the best Nucks road period? No comment.
It’s a tie game and the Nucks can take it over. But, decide to play the long game.
It was a very long period for the game thread. Pete is getting breakaways, but not the breaks. Neither is the game thread.
Petey — Chicky
And worse, the former ZZ Top tribute band player gets on the board for the Tealies.
It’s 2-1 for the Losers of the Tank. But... don’t bother. The Sharts are winning the period. So far.
Besides, Pete is playing more intensely - gets another breakaway and this time forces the goalie to make a save.
Well.. at least he hit the net, that time...
Guess we know who’s not getting in on the shootout. — Chicky
And besides the other besides, we have an All-Star in net who is keeping the Nucks in the game until it’s the proper moment to take it over. A sure goal. Stopped. With GUMP-tion.
While Beags has been getting his shots... his shot blocks, Motte gets taken out of the game with a cheapshot - his head is crushed into the boards by Erik the Not-So-Great. No call.
Doesn’t matter. Game thread is unperturbed.
Call that shit I don’t care that it’s Katlsson — Chicky
holy crap, he shoulder smashed Motte’s head into boards
why no penalty! — radivel
Doesn’t matter. Like the 1st period, this period ends with a tie, 2-1 SJ. At least it’s closer on shots. Oh... it’s not. Nucks get out shot 14-6.
Still doesn’t matter... because...
The Nucks have won the game. We know it. The game thread... is pretty certain...
Better late than never
With the wife at the game. She’s more fun than y’all. 1) please peety score on just one breakaway. 2) marky!!!! 3) that wasn’t a penalty, but we’ll take it. — canuck94
What is he on about? ‘94 is live at the game and having more fun than us. And he knows what the teal eels know, but can’t say.
The Sharks are a fragile team now (We know what that feels like). With the most fragile lead in hockey - the one goal lead.
Because Travis not only has been stirring and mixing lines, he has devised a clever division of labour strategy - have the D-men tie the game. And the forwards do the easy part later.
Pete wins the faceoff (for the 3rd assist). Myers rocks the Tank with a boomer. And boom! It’s a tie game, all over again.
Blueline to red light, featuring Tyler Myers pic.twitter.com/BwaMnwXyLG— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) January 30, 2020
The Eellies are reeling. No, really.
As soon the as the game was tied, we knew that the Tankies knew the game was over.
Just to prove it - the Nucks get a 4 minute PP while Fantenberg gets 15 minutes of lipo-stitches in the dressing room.
The 1st unit declines the GWG and defers to the 2nd unit. Shotgunning Jake dekes the stickless defender and scores on the 5-on-3.5! Wooo!
Jake with the GWG. Just as I predicted. For once.
It’s 3-2 Nucks and the game is won. It’s over. Done.
Still the game continues. Probably because ‘94 is having so much fun.
The Nucks have the safest lead in hockey. The one goal lead. The home team is fragile. The post mid-December Nucks are not.
Nucks could have kept the one goal lead until the buzzer. But, a minute later, decide to have more fun. Probably because ‘94 is having so much fun.
Great setup from Millsie for a
Beags Sutz goal!
See? Even Beagle is in on it
He scores a Goal of Pain. You pay the price you get the reward! — radivel
NHL scorekeepers take away a great narrative and feed the cynic.
You get the apple on the Sutz goal — jimmi
4-2 Nucks. The insurmountable one goal lead is doubled.
And yet... the teal fish decide to tempt the league’s best ‘Empty Net Specialists’.
It’s a 5-2 Nucks win in the Tank!!! Woooo!!!
The kids are alright.
Before we leave... thanks to ‘94 for the live updates and the disappointments.
I need some material for the recap. Pull on old Joe’s beard. Bet it’s fake extensions — jimmi
There was something living in it. I was scared to investigate further.
As for the game it was another solid one. Sure the Canucks were outshot badly, but it never felt like the Sharks had control. The defense is way improved. Lost track of the number of times someone did a sneaky stick lift or bump to prevent a back door goal. Peety! FFS would you please bury one of those. If you keep that up you’ll never be asked to play in the shootout again and we’ve had our fill of Swedes who’ve filed there. And yes, has the league not learned to never pull their goalies against us. Green has put together the deadliest ENS line the league has ever seen!
Good night y’all. Thanks for reading my random brain dropping. Believe me, they don’t smell any better than they read. — canuck94
The game is won because the Nucks outshoot the Sharks 12-12 in the 3rd. Not much of an edge, but score 4 which is a really good edge. Great game. Fine. Good game for 38 minutes and great for 20.
Here’s the 2 Johns in the Tank.
GAME STATS (Road Winning Stats!)
PLAYER STATS (Confident 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|
If you picked Marky as the 1st star, Garrett will buy you a sandwich. Or a partial sandwich. Ooops... never mind.
The extra game winning goal scorer, comments on the 1st 40 vs the last 20.
"We know we've got to play better, sometimes it's going to be ugly and that was definitely tonight." -Brandon Sutter on the win over the Sharks. pic.twitter.com/nUKeXqfKKT— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) January 30, 2020
Better to finish well than not.
Over in the Road Green room... it was empty and the party had moved onto the hotel. Whatever Travis said was really good. So good mere words with quotes around them won’t express whatever it was we didn’t hear.
Another MUST win game won. One down and 4 to go as this road trip turns to the silly side of NHL game scheduling.
It’s a 10AM PST start somewhere in Brooklyn on Saturday. As the Nucks face the Islander peewees. Enjoy the rest of your week and remember to sleep in on Saturday and get up in time to watch the Nucks win at lunchtime.