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RECAP: NUCKS WIN!!! COMEBACK ‘N EDGE The Habs 4-3 in OT

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You want to see how to save a road game. This is how to do it.

Vancouver Canucks v Montreal Canadiens
The BC Boys Beat the BC Boy in OT in Montreal. Finally.
Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

We were still in the giddy phase of our historic victory when the gidds took a shot in the nads on Monday.

It appeared Trader Jim was done after scoring a delicious Cupcake for the Alien pantry. NM First Responders were told to step away from the panic button.

And then, the worst news since the last time we got the worst news, we were told that:

Marky is traded!

To the Faeries!

With nothing coming back our way. But Woe and Worry.

Our best player traded to the Faeries on TDL day!

FFS! Was the polite response across the tortured souls of NM. And worse, Marky was injured in the historic victory over that team. Double FFS!

And worse, it appears to be a stretch-run crippling injury to Marky’s lower metadata. Expected to be out 3-4 weeks. If you’ve ever injured your lower metadata, you know how difficult it can be to cross reference from the net.

Freshly No-trader Jim, leaps onto his trade-o-graph and makes a deal with the Devil. Or Devils, since exclusive monotheism isn’t part of the ‘code’.

JB re-stocks the backup goalie closet without having to trade the Zamboni for a 42 year old stopper. Louis Domingue is our new backup to former backup and shiny new #1, Demko.

And there’s no time for weeping and grinding of rum glasses... Nucks are playing a Monday game on Tuesday in Montreal.

Can Demmer step into Marky’s size Vezina pads? Let’s find out.

1st Period

The period started well. For the home team. En tout cas... we’re not the home team.

While the Nucks are busy making plans for the comeback, le Bleu Blanc Rouge are coming on strong. Too strong for our game thread sense of fair play. And stuff.

15 seconds in

domi douches hughes with a brutal crosscheck — Twitchy

Ayoille! Not called. Because refs have been reffing pre-playoff style for weeks.

Worse, Le Douche breaks in on Quinn and puts a pass onto Huggy’s face. Ayoille! And worse, gets the rebound back, passes to Byron and it’s 1-0 Montreal. Crisse sur poutine!

And still worse, Les Habs bring out the big Weber gun. The most feared slapper launches a cannonball, distorted into a disc by instantly cruel acceleration, and it’s past Demmer. Tabernacle!

Not even half way through the period and the Nucks are down 2 in Bell hell.

Game thread is unperturbed.

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

2 Habby goals on 6 shots. That’s not right.

Going to put on the PVR and relive Saturday. — jimmi

Doesn’t matter.

It’s time to spring the plan. The timeout plan? The retirement plan?

No. The comeback plan.

Through a fluke of reffing protocol, the Nucks get a power play. And go off it in seconds.

Because Captn’ Bo scores off the faceoff! Wooooooooooooooooo!

In symmetric poetic hockey justice, it’s Weber off for slashing when Bo snaps it past Price. Huggy with the apple to balance the sore face.

Montreal has the safest one goal lead in hockey. If only the intermission wasn’t interrupted. Shots are tied 13-13. Just like the game. Oh... foreshadowing...

2nd Period

The 2nd started better than the first. Because the Nucks were not scored on in the first 45 seconds.

first 4 minutes of the second period

better than the 1st period — Westy

However, it still looks like the Habs are controlling play - have a home ice advantage - home team can abuse new #1 goalies.

Get Off Our Goalie

Jerkpants, — Chicky

And then Special Ed gets special attention from the game thread and the refs.

“Edler gives it away”

”Edler takes a penalty”

and yet never “Edler gets traded” — Westy

With the shot clock leaned over to quarter past 3AM in the direction of the Habs, it looked like more trouble for Demmer and the Nucks.

Looks can be deceiving.

A good Nucks forecheck and a self-threading, not instantly-accelerated puck from Eddie mystifies the almost-all-seeing Price. Wooooooooooo!!

A rising tied lifts all game threads. Or something.

Now we all love Edler!!! — Westy

WOOOO EDLER

yeah, he doesn’t need to retire yet. — Twitchy

One more for Edler

and he’ll have 100 for the career. Few points away from 400 too. — radivel

Despite getting outshot 12-4 in the period, the Nucks score the only goal of the period. Thanks, Demmer!

Game thread is giving the Nucks 9s, even the east tropics judge.

That was a way better road period — Westy

May have been all the squeeing happening here

earlier… Just Sayin’ — Chicky

Probably true. NM game threads are the road power sponsor of squeeing.

3rd Period

All tied at 2 a piece. On the road that’s like a premature win.

That was too premature too soon.

50 seconds in and it’s bad puck luck for Quinn. Again. From a pass from Le Douche. Again. Pass deflects off Quinn’s skate to Weal and it’s behind Demmer. Weally?!

Game thread calm is slightly disturbed.

fuuuuuuuuck

on a bright note, it’s yet another assist for hughes, no? — Twitchy

3-2 for Montreal. Could be a long period.

But it wasn’t. The refs having missed so many calls, had to call the nasty boarding that Gaud took for their sins.

On the power play. Yes, you’re reading this correctly. On the power play, it’s 2nd unit magic shotgun time with the helper of Gaud.

And the game played on. Demmer making saves. Price making saves.

And so on and on until the shot clock struck 15-12 for the Habs and the period ended as it started. Tied.

We get a point!

Game thread is good with that.

I would take a point any day

after that shitty start — Westy

Or is it?

Well

I’m greedy and want two — Chicky

Lets see if Cupcakes and Aliens and Huggy Bears can make that happen.

OT

They can!

Maybe not Pete and Quinn... but the new Toffeeian addition is giving and going with Bo.

Wanna see that pass again, all slowed down for mere mortal viewing?

Nucks win 4-3!!!

Break the Montreal curse. Just as Westy said in the game thread preamble.

The Canucks face a Canadiens team that hasn’t lost to Vancouver in 4 and a half years and haven’t lost to the Canucks in Montreal since 2011.

Today’s the day though! I said it...so it must be so. — Westy, Wizard of Saying So

What started wobbly ended wonderfully. That’s 2 points we can take to the bank. The Pacific divi bank of playing off fame.

Here’s the 2 Johns on the road victory video.

GAME STATS (Comeback Road Stats)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Canucks
VAN
34 53% 2/2 2 19 17 18
Canadiens
MTL
40 47% 0/1 4 28 11 18


PLAYER STATS (The Trade Is Looking Good)

# Forwards GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
9 J.T. Miller 0 1 1 1 -2 4 0 4 2 0 0 3 43 21:11 1:21 0:05 0
18 J. Virtanen 1 1 2 2 1 4 0 4 1 0 0 1 12:01 0:18 --:-- 1
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 50 14:26 --:-- 0:41 0
21 L. Eriksson 0 0 0 0 -2 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 15:37 --:-- 0:36 0
26 A. Roussel 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11:34 0:18 --:-- 0
40 E. Pettersson 0 0 0 0 -2 1 0 1 2 2 0 1 0 18:33 1:21 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 1 1 2 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 2 3 55 17:40 1:21 --:-- 1
64 T. Motte 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 12:38 --:-- 1:19 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 -1 3 0 3 2 1 1 1 15:23 0:18 --:-- 0
73 T. Toffoli 1 0 1 1 0 4 0 4 1 0 2 2 17:02 1:21 --:-- 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 65 13:36 --:-- 1:19 0
88 A. Gaudette 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 38 12:38 0:18 --:-- 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 0 3 0 3 1 2 1 0 17:42 --:-- 0:58 0
8 C. Tanev 0 0 0 0 -2 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 21:39 --:-- 1:24 0
23 A. Edler 1 1 2 2 1 3 2 3 2 4 3 0 21:08 --:-- --:-- 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 1 1 1 -2 4 0 4 0 2 1 0 22:02 1:21 0:05 0
51 T. Stecher 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 18:44 --:-- 0:36 0
57 T. Myers 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 2 1 0 19:13 0:18 0:57 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
35 T. Demko -- 37 40 37–40 0–0 0–0 37–40 .925 0 61:33


Toffoli doesn’t need to say what an impact he’s had - 5 points in 3 games.

Mr. Millise is staying on the way to win.

The Green Room was packed up and shipped out before we could get a good ‘Great game! Battled back.’ quote from Trav.

It’s a vital road win on a road trip of MUST WINS. One down and three to go. That’s not so bad.

Maybe the weekend B-2-B might be, but that’s not our problem. First we have to recover from the ‘excessive’ shotgunning and gird our queasy squeeing to face the Senators.

Enjoy your hump day, get your squee on for an early or late dinner game on Thursday.