STATEMENT GAME - Saturday Feb 22, 2020. We’ve seen about 50 must win games this season. This game was the MOST MUSTIEST WIN game of the year.
The BESTEST Win of the Season?
Definitely. So far.
After the near worst game of the year against those fowl foes last Saturday and the not quite good enough to win game against the woolly Wild, this game became the final chance on this homestand to really play must win.
And the Nuck did. 3 times over.
Sure, the [redacted] had played 3 games in 4 nights and this was their 2nd B-2-B, but we didn’t get excuses when blown-out in our eastern province tilt against that team.
Besides, that team had defeated our division rivals - pretty sure they were keen for the sweep.
But, the Nucks were the ones holding the business end of the broom.
Of course, while the Nucks are about to make history, the Laffs were busy making a 42 year old zamboni goalie an internet sensation. Confirmed: The CoTU team are attention hogs.
As I’ve lectured in the hollow halls of the NM Hockey Strategy Stadium Of Strong Starts or HSSSS as our cats pronounce it - yes, among the plastic ivy cactus covered walls, my deep Vogan voice of tedium droned for weeks about starting the 1st period strong, not weak. That’s the tldr version. The actual lecture series is available as 3 week long download.
Anyhow... without going into more boring details about winning puck battles and stuff, the Nucks set the tone of their statement game.
The 1st goal of the game! From the Nucks Puck Hounds!
It’s 4th line battle mania in the ROG and Stetch gets the goal!
He’s only owes us 2 more.
Nucks are winning 1-0. It’s the safest 3 minute lead in hockey!
Then while the Nucks are pressing in that zone, Sutz slips into a gravity well, plays goes the other way - the bad way, and that league leading sniper scores.
It’s a 1-1 tie against that team.
And it gets worse. Marky gets hit with a high stick that gets past his masked armour and OMG! He’s hurt!
Game thread is worried about goalie injury trends on this night.
Marky down the tunnel to check on his eye
Demko in and emergency backup goalie gets a little nervous in the dressing room — Westy
Fortunately, it’s only a flash flesh wound and Marky is back in net before Demmer needs to make a stop.
Even better, the Nucks get a power play. No, really. This time it’s a good thing.
Even better, it’s a Capt’n Bo goal on the PP!
Your Vancouver Canucks have out scored that team 2-1. Outshot them 17-12.
At this juncture in the most important game of the year (so far), we need a little break.
So, we can re-watch Toronto’s zamboni-driving emergency goalie play and beat the team he works for.
This period starts even better than hoped. For us. The Nucks. The ROG. Not for the Raskafaerian followers on HNIC. So what.
All the Nucks lines will score tonight. And Quinn get his 40th point on a good Gaud goal.
It’s 3-1 Nucks. Now with the safest most dreaded lead in hockey.
But on this night, it’s safety in numbers.
Capt’n Bo and his merry band of 2nd chancers. Pearson with the goal.
Loui missed the shot before Pearson and the game thread, went over the little things.
Loui can’t hit the puck in the net
so Pearson does 4-1 — Westy
While some said there was a direct line from the NM game thread to the Nucks bench, it was just a made-up rumour, possibly from me.
However, the cajoling might have sparked Loui to win the game while the HNIC talking stats crew were praising Bergie.
Game thread is... uh... chastised... uh.. happy...
Wow, even Loui scores!
This game is the happiest sort of weird so far this year. — radivel
It’s total Nucks domination. And the win is certain. The Nucks have won every game that Loui has scored. All 6 of them.
With the Nucks leading 5-1, we knew what was coming. That team has a reputation for playing... uh... what’s the word... uh dirty. Ask the game thread.
Before the Bruins start picking fights? — sloppy_Joe
The tallest douche in the game is unhappy with Myer’s legal, instant over-the-boards vacay and wants to fight... because he’s too old and slow to score.
The Myers hit that caused Chara to fight him. pic.twitter.com/FAcHdaDAFE— ToughCall (@ToughCallBlog) February 23, 2020
Game thread is quick on the hypocritically obvious activity.
The main reason the [redacted] are so hateable
They lose their shit and turn into whiney little bitches whenever a team does once what they do all game. — Twitchy
The ROG Battle Nucks are ready for that too.
Coyle cross-checks Bo. Bo is ready to go.
The Nucks have scored 3 unanswered goals in the period. Against that team, allegedly, the best team in the league. Which they aren’t. They just have more points than all the other teams in the NHL. Not just the Pacific division, the entire league is weak this season.
We have crushed an old and current foe. And there’s one more period of crushing defeat left for that team. Payback in nearly double digits.
The soon-to-be demoted goalie for that team gets the snappy Alien treatment less than a minute in - of course while the HNIC team is elaborating on how that team can come back. They can’t, but eastern block media must meet their eastern false hope quota.
Sweet pass from Millsie and Pete zaps a laser past the stunned stopper who can’t stop lasers.
It’s 6-1 Nucks. That team is doomed.
But for the sake of the viewers in the eastern gulags, they have to mount a pushback. Get a PP on a Roos penalty. And again the league’s leading scorer - in this season’s weak league - gets another goal.
The eastern media cabal are thrilled. And get more agitated when they get another goal.
It’s 6-3 and the game thread, isn’t racking nerves or counting remaining shots. Of rum.... but...
We have a problem
I have seen a collapse like this before — Westy
However, the Alien has awoken, all the lines are scoring and the Nucks are playing for keeps. For reals. For glory.
For moar goals!
I had chatted with a friend during the intermission about the new Cupcake in the Nucks pantry. I boldly claimed he’d score his first goal as a Canuck in the 3rd.
I’m rarely prescient and less often correct. But, it’s one of those games where dreams and predictions come true.
What a sweet setup. Not sure what was sweeter, Cupcake’s 1st goal or watching Chara get burned.
7-3 Nucks. Sound the blowout horn.
From Twofolli. And the ROG Toffee gang. With the great setup from Huggy Bear.
Not sure what was sweeter, Cupcake’s 2nd goal or watching Chara get burned (again) and the Keystone Kops defenders checking themselves into a fire wagon clinic.
8-3 Nucks in the ROG!
It’s a miracle! No, it’s more than that. It’s stretch run Destiny! The best kind too. From the ancient Westyrian lore of windom. Windom was only a myth. Until this game.
And the Nucks are going to wind’em some more.
Who’s been quiet on the scoreboard recently and partially liable for lowered libation sales?
Yes, it’s Jake. And he shotguns a shot past the shaken, not stirred, Halak.
It’s 9-3 Nucks!
Total humiliation of that eastern gulag team and complete scoresheet payback.
But, with 2 minutes left in the blowout that will live on in the league history books for generations, we want more. Sure... likely live on as a footnote to the CoTU zamboni goalie incident, but still...
We WANT 10!
The ROG is shouting it.
We WANT 10!
We WANT 10!
However, as the game thread knows, even a perfect Nucks game must end with a little disappointment.
we want 10 — jimmi
Canucks aren’t feeling generous
You only get nine. Sorry. — canuck89
Still... the cynical sense of entitlement isn’t expressed by all.
Ah, the best things in life. To crush the Bruins, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women. — radivel
The most amazing home win in ages, also gets diminished by HNIC. Sorry. If only the 2 Johns were on the air to describe this historic Nucks victory.
Instead we had this.
Randorf is terrible
Hughes gets high-sticked and he calls it interesting — radivel
Oh well. A win is a win.
And a huge blowout win is the best kind of cold revenge.
GAME STATS (BEST STATS of the YEAR!)
PLAYER STATS (BEST Players of the Year)
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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|
So many points, we need outside accounting assistance.
Stecher---3pts— Maddie (33-22-6) (@hockeyGirl2025) February 23, 2020
Horvat---2pts+fight(Gordie Howe hatty)
Huggy Bear is the best rookie D we’ve ever had. Among the best rookie D in league history.
Hughes joined Bryan Berard (40 in 1996-97), Janne Niinimaa (40 in 1996-97) and Nicklas Lidstrom (49 in 1991-92) as just the fourth rookie defenseman in the last 30 years with 40-plus assists in a single season. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/rpNQTl9yus— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 23, 2020
Most goals since ’96.
The @Canucks scored nine or more goals in a regular-season game for 16th time in franchise history and first since Jan. 6, 1996 (9-2 W vs. TBL). https://t.co/IKgKig7Nai #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/a0tydLdTan— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 23, 2020
Millsie isn’t giddy, he’s just happy for the win against that team.
Twofolli, game’s 1st star, enjoyed making a strong statement in a statement game.
Over in the Green Room, it’s the easiest presser of the year.
I was so elated, wasn’t sure how to sum up this game. Fortunately, Atty showed up in the best game thread of the year to write the summary for us.
Who’s your daddy??
— This is the most glorious night of the season.
A night when
every star has been aligned perfectly.
Every goal was perfectly timed.
Even the goals from Boston…they were spice, to make the win taste better. The tying goal made the rest of the Canucks goals sweeter. And we needed the short push-back from Boston, just to show them that we can still crush them at the end.
A perfect mix of success and adversity.
A rare night indeed. — Atty
Thanks, Atty! Thanks stars! Our hockey stars!
The best way to end the week after Sedin week home stand. Beating that team
10 9-3 takes the edge off the last couple losses. Pretty much smooths them over.
On Tuesday the Nucks venture to the far east to begin the most important road trip of the year. No one, other than me, can expect them to score 9 on Price, but a commanding road statement game would be a great way to start the trip. And finish it. As well as winning the in-between games.
Savour this glorious victory. And don’t forget to the tell the grand kids someday. Before Tuesday, just in case.