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PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 GAME 5 RECAP: NUCKS WIN!!! BATTLE BACK to DEFEAT the Blues 4-3

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And win without OT. Or a Power Play Goal. Wow!

Vancouver Canucks v St Louis Blues - Game Five
Comeback Kids Come Good!
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

Blah. Blah. Stick to our game. Blah. Blah.

After 2 straight losses to the tougher team, the Nucks players and coaches were diving deep in the cliche pool. And pulling up gems. Which I won’t repeat, because we’ve heard them a hundred times.

Not that they’ve lost their charm. But, would have been nice to acknowledge the weaknesses and how they will overcome the NHL official cabal and/or PP drought. Or their opponent. That would be good too.

Why didn’t they tell us they were waiting for just the right moment to spring the comeback kidz master plan?

Doesn’t matter. Nucks fans are the toughest hockey fans in the game. Or is that the most neurotic?

Doesn’t matter. In the NM province of NucksNation we have nerves of raw steel alcohol.

This game started well. Dipped into the depths of bottomless dread. And popped back up on the pop-up team hattie.

I’m not making this up. I’m not that good of a drama coach. I can only re-tell embellish the events as they (may or may not) have happened.

Let’s get this tummy-turning tale ticking in the taillights.

1st Period

The game started. And within seconds the refs throw the Nucks off their (already) woozy start. Allen takes an off the glass penalty. Automatic penalty.

We’re not ready. Some of us.

PP looks pretty good — Westy

As pretty as it looked it didn’t score a pretty goal.

Boeser shot release

is slower than my feed — Westy

At least the Nucks PP finishes without getting scored on.

But then as the period grinds away at our neves...

Tanev takes penalty after coughing up the puck

to stop ROR from getting clear breakaway — Westy

With Tanev in the box, the game thread glasses were in the re-fill line up.

No worries. Our Mottely crew is in the zone. And out of zone. And channelling the Bolicious breakway shortie moves.

Wow! Motte is our PK specialist. And now our fav shortie dangler.

WOOOOOOWWWWW MOTTE!

What a beauty of a shorty! Thanks, Edler, for giving Petriangelo one of your ’splodey sticks. —Twitchy

That’s A-Motte! — Chicky

First goal of the game! Is ours! That’s a really good omen.

We’re going to win this one

Because they want my stress level to be epic by Friday. — Chicky

The game thread is brimming over with confidence. Or Pinot Gris.

Of course, the Blues still single out Pete for special uncalled treatment.

Just when we were confident uneasy, the game thread mood takes an unexpected turn for the worse. Not just the mood, the game turned down a dark screened Schenn shot.

We definitely employed the wrong Schenn. — Westy

It’s a tie game. Dammit.

Still... tied in the 1st... that’s not so bad.

No, the bad part is trailing. So the key to the game is don’t let that happen. Especially in the last minute of period.

But, it’s the Nucks, so the keys are tossed behind the couch. Worse, O’Really is left unattended. Motte isn’t on the ice this shift.

And worse, McSoftie is.

Good lord marky

make a fucking save. Softy. — Twitchy

off Benn’s stick — copey

It’s 2-1 Homer team. Game thread wanted a judicial recount. However, the NM Bad Judges of Character circuit is on holidays with a virtual Nigerian princess and her entourage.

That goal sums up the Canucks

the last minute of any period is a shit show. Marky should have had it and the puck never should have been in the zone to begin with — Westy

Again, I have to thank Westy for so eloquently giving me another wonderful annoying period synopsis.

The penalty box was empty for most of the period. The refs are still pissed they couldn’t persuade Myers to rehab in the rink for an hour. 2 minutes at a time.

1st Team Penalty
00:10 STL Jake Allen Delaying Game - Illegal play by goalie served by Brayden Schenn
12:58 VAN Christopher Tanev Tripping against Ryan O'Reilly


2nd Period

Going into the 2nd with the lead, can we expect the Blues to cruise?

No. Not. At All. The Blues are playing big bad boy hockey. Nucks are playing little real good hockey.

A few minutes in and the shots are 6-1. For the non-cruising bruisers.

And worse, this happens...

Uncalled slash on Motte and a Blue goal FFS! — jimmi.cynic

Sutz gets a high sticking penalty. Motte just gets the stick.

bah this game

is my life these days. Another missed blues penalty, another blues goal. — Twitchy

It’s 3-1 for the former champs and the Nucks look like their skating up hill. On thin ice.

The game thread is ready to take one last jump off the couch.

How far down can your mood go?
jimmi.cynic

It’s 12 minutes in or down the abyss and the shots are 13-4 Blue Meanies.

And they keep pressing. But Marky keeps making saves.

MARKY!!!

Wow! He’s back!

Please stay… — jimmi.cynic

Marky saves, robs and steals, a sure goal.

if we say Marky the rest of the game

the Canucks are done for.

He needs time alone away from the puck — Westy

With the game thread whisper mumbling from thousands of miles away, the Nucks heed the words or the power of rum breath at a distance.

The ice seems to tilt. To near level. Thanks to the herculean shoulders of JT Miller. And his Thor hammer-stick that pushes the puck through Allen’s pads.

See Team? This is what you get if you win battles! — radivel

But, as some in the game thread (or maybe just me) are greedy for more.

It’s hump day in bubble hockey after all. And who is due for a goal?

Jake?!! — Westy

Yes, Jake!

Hunh — Chicky

Yay! It’s #SHOTGUN Night in Canada. With setup work from Miller and Pete.

Can you believe this? It’s a tie game!!!

And our comeback kids aren’t finished. I’m not making it up.

Puck thief and goalie beater is going for the Motte-trick!

Tyler Motte Jerseys for all! — Westy

Holy

motte — Chicky

In 8 minutes and 6 seconds, the down and out Nucks score 3 goals to comeback fast, hard and take the lead!

Of course, the Nucks must pay for having the lead. In blood. Eddie blood. Gets cut on his ear by an errant skate. Eddie leaves the game. And he doesn’t return.

Great. Down to 5D to defend against the Blue Bruisers.

Even the game thread was pressing the loud pedal to help the Nucks. Or drown out the simmering whimpers.

Not that I’m taking credit

but after the third st louis goal I plugged in all my gear and started writing a kinda introspective piece of music… Kept playing it through all three canucks goals… IM RISKING MY APARTMENT FOR THIS TEAM DAMMIT! — Twitchy

Also... the penalty parade was cancelled. Only Sutz got some tinsel and a cheap drink.

Shots are 13-18 for the Nucks. But the scorecard is 4-3 Nucks. Not making it up.

3rd Period

The Nucks open the 3rd (and final period of the game) with the safest lead in hockey. The one goal lead.

Can the Nucks keep the lead against a wall of Blue bastards? Or draw calls from the Blue meanies?

Yes, they can.

Jesus

thats a full on headshot. That should be a misconduct. — Twitchy

Of course BarberyChevy doesn’t get a misconduct, but 2 minutes of non-elbowing time.

The Nucks PP doesn’t score... because they don’t want to walk away just yet. Instead they want to extend the drought and keep the 2 game no-goal streak in a scary place.

Man that power play

gave me flashbacks of sedinery… pass pass pass pass pass pass times up. — Twitchy

The good news is the Nucks PP doesn’t give up a goal.

And neither does the Nucks 5-on-5 pretty special team.

They limit the Blues to only 9 shots. And Marky stopped them all.

Nucks also got a late PP. Which was setup as a 2 minute keep away session. To keep the Nucks from getting shots on goal.

Didn’t matter.

What mattered was frustrating the Blues. When the Blues get the blues, it’s a pretty cool tune.

The play of the period was the bench play of Demko.

Lol demko

holding perrons stick is the play of the game so far. — Twitchy

In the last 2 minutes, the Blued 6-on-5 almost tied the game. But this ain’t horseshoes, this is bubbly playoff hockey. Every millisecond counts.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Nucks come back (just like they planned) to beat the clock and the champs.

The game thread is thrilled. Those of us still conscious.

Wow

Never easy being a fan of this team. Im gonna go find my defibrillator now. — Twitchy

Soak it in vodka first. Just in case. — jimmi.cynic

With a valium chaser

Especially after Miller missed the wide open net… — CanuckGod-JC

official NM drink is jungle rum with HCQ chaser, you’re welcome — copey

Video highlights? Ok. And it’s not HNIC. It’s worse. It’s Fox.

Ok... let’s A/B the on-air crew. HNIC edition.

GAME STATS (It’s not a game, it’s a roller coaster!)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Canucks
VAN
30 40% 0/3 4 38 15 10
Blues
STL
39 60% 1/2 6 42 26 13


PLAYER STATS (It’s M ‘n M night in the ROP)

# 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 2 1 1 2 18:42 4:35 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 1 1 2 2 1 6 0 6 3 1 1 0 0 20:17 4:20 0:37 0
18 J. Virtanen 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 1 2 12:25 1:25 --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 50 11:47 1:23 0:16 0
21 L. Eriksson 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 16:36 --:-- 0:53 0
26 A. Roussel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 7:46 0:37 --:-- 0
40 E. Pettersson 0 2 2 2 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 20:10 4:35 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 0 0 0 0 -1 3 0 3 1 2 0 0 54 21:13 4:28 --:-- 0
64 T. Motte 2 0 2 2 1 3 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 14:39 --:-- 2:24 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3 0 0 1 17:15 0:02 --:-- 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 30 13:32 0:02 2:24 0
88 A. Gaudette 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 100 7:22 1:30 --:-- 0
# Defense GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
4 J. Benn 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 2 1 1 0 17:20 --:-- 1:35 0
5 O. Fantenberg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16:03 0:46 1:39 0
8 C. Tanev 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 3 1 0 24:34 0:02 0:40 0
23 A. Edler 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 3 1 2 0 13:04 0:39 2:40 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5 0 1 1 1 26:43 4:35 --:-- 0
51 T. Stecher 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 17:15 1:01 --:-- 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
25 J. Markstrom -- 36 39 31–33 4–5 1–1 36–39 .923 0 60:00


Gutsy push back win. Unsung hero, Motte gets the 1st star. Miller is 2nd. And Marky gets the other 1st star.

Let’s hear from Tyler Motte - game changer - and his crew.

If you were writing a great underdog playoff script, this game would provide a good outline. With a big junkyard dog bite of drama. And a happy puppy 3-2 series lead ending.

Let’s take this win like a tonic on ice and prep ourselves and our livers for Friday.