It’s 10AM on a Saturday morning on the wet coast. No big deal - happens at least once a week around here this time of year.
What is a big deal, is the Nucks have to play an, apparently NHL-sanctioned, hockey game at 10 in the morning. In Brooklyn. I couldn’t make this stuff up. Only the sadists of sleepy scheduling at NHL Supreme Command could.
However, not everyone in the game thread is unhappy about watching with groggy eyes. Nor is everyone in the game thread living in the 10AM PST moment - some are from the future.
to watch a game at prime time in Europe. And what a sweet one. Bring me more of that please. — el presidente 19
Nucks win their 5th straight. Would be their 48th straight, but for the ides of Winterpeg.
Oh well... Nucks win in the morning is just as good as a win at night. Pretty much.
It’s never too early to score the 1st goal. Unlike me, this time zone doesn’t scare Millsie. Or the rest of the Nucks. Huggy Bear enchants the Brooklyn Peewees with a little nursery rhyme on skates - which sets up this sweet Greissy goal.
Rise and shine! Miller with his 20th goal of the season; it's the third time in his career he's topped 20-goals. He's three away from setting a new career-high. pic.twitter.com/xA7JB8CJEF— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 1, 2020
Millsie 20 goals = worth the 1st rounder
Think Juolevi — ‘82
We were thinking more like Gord Kluzak, but oh well...
It’s 1-0 Nucks! Game thread is going crazy. And so would the ROG. If this was a Saturday night game.
It’s not and it’s not even lunch time yet and the Nucks have already won the game.
Or have they? The Marky road SO dream is crushed along with my one paragraph recap. Dammit.
Isles score on a weakly defended play by Tyler and Fantenburg. But, it’s a freakin’ Saturday morning game, so we aren’t going to slag them, since Myers was awesome last game.
It’s a tie. On the road. In Brooklyn. Could be worse.
Could still be waiting for the lunch menu to arrive.
The road Nucks outscore the home peewees and outshoot them 5-11.
do we get massively outshot every game?
this feels like a disturbing trend — radivel
Not e v e r y game. Just most road games. And many home games. That’s not so much.
Lunch is still not served, so we have to digest more early Nucks hockey.
To aid the sluggish digestion, despite the hunger for more white-Nuckled wins, Huggy keeps enchanting the puck deflecting elves of Brooklyn.
Quinn Hughes is now tied for the rookie scoring lead pic.twitter.com/gyTSEMupd1— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 1, 2020
Wow! Quinn is in the Calder lead! Pretty much.
2-1 Nucks! Insurmountable 1 goal road lead.
But why take the chance. With Motte out 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury (ouch!), it’s time for the Schaller shooter to make good. And does.
4th line is banging bodies and rebounds, like it’s free lunch Saturday for everyone.
3-1 Nucks lead! That’s insurmountable. For sure.
Until it’s not.
A combo of nice Isles peewee dekes and poor coverage from Myers and Fantenburg and it’s back to the insurmountable 1 goal lead.
Not that we’re going to slag - it’s a freakin’ Saturday morning game and Myers was awesome last game.
Less awesome is the Myers-Fantenberg pairing
That’s two goals against for that pairing, and Myers was very soft on the check for the first goal
On the other hand, Stecher has been a little ball of hate, which is nice to see — copey
Just like the 1st period, the Nucks are carrying the play and lead. Have outshot the Brooklyn tweeners 13-9 and lunch is on the menu. Finally.
The one goal lead firmly held. Through intermission. The Nucks just have to put on their Tippet top hats and stinge their way to victory.
It’s looks and sounds harder than it is.
The Nucks of 2020 have been very good at protecting the lead. Even 1 goal leads. At NM Flashback Central, however, secure lead protection in the 3rd is like Westy’s Rum Ration Therapy. Security is only achieved when the empties are redeemed.
Yet, for 19 minutes and 30 seconds the Nucks perform the improbable feat of securing the one goal victory.
Until the luck of bounces ties the game. Which is really weird. Because Green had deployed our Empty Net Specialists. 4-2 regulation win certainty. Ruined.
Fine. It’s still early. Barely afternoonish. Nucks can play for another minute.
Or... just another 42 seconds. Roughly a NY minute.
So much Quinning! (And Pete keeps his points streak)
Quinn Hughes scored twice – including the overtime winner – to record the first multi-goal game of his NHL career and help the @Canucks improve to 7-1-0 in their last eight contests, including five consecutive wins. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/vOETdTDBNG— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 1, 2020
Another road game. Another win. Wow!
The 2 Johns broadcast a game from breakfast through lunch. Professionals.
GAME STATS (gotta get up pretty early for these)
PLAYER STATS (Huggy Stats are Caldering us)
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|#||Defense||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
Huggy Bear explains his amazing streak - a bit more.
"I've been trying to get the puck on net a bit more and it's been going good for me." Quinn Hughes comments on his current scoring streak. pic.twitter.com/OUMjqTLCog— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 1, 2020
Over in the road Green Room, there’s time and space for expectations.
"Our team is starting to expect to win and they are understanding when they are not playing well and why." -Head Coach Travis Green on the #Canucks 4-3 OT win against the Islanders. pic.twitter.com/uuIwvHlKQS— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 1, 2020
5 Straight Wins.
7-1-0 in the last 8.
And... still NUMBER ONE in the PACIFIC!
The new kids Nucks are surpassing expectations. And it looks like we won’t have to fire/re-hire Green (again) this week. So that’s a NM time saver.
As sweet as this appetising lunchbox win is, there’s no time to savour. It’s back to work in the morning. This time in North Carolina - hockey hotbed of the Carolinas, they say.
It’s another early start - 11AM Brunch time PST. Expect the unexpected. Or expect the expected. You pick. Your parade route.