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Conference Semi-Final Game 6 RECAP: NUCKS WIN 4-0! DEMKO WINS SO! For Real!

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You couldn’t make this win up. You could. No one would believe it.

Vegas Golden Knights v Vancouver Canucks - Game Six
Demmers Making History! Again!
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Had a discussion with a fellow Nucks fan today. He was worried the Nucks would win Game 6 and set a bad example for the arc of this young team’s development.

After this wonderful win he was distraught. Told him to walk it off and enjoy the moment. And he did. What a gutsy move.

What a gutsy game by the Nucks and Demmmmmmmmmmmmmmmer!!!

It’s like a dream run against the bank in Lost Wages. And a nightmare for the casino.

Getting even in the series against the Golden Wipes was a task so far beyond optimism that we had to take it one game at a time.

And we did. Not just us. The Nucks were taking the overwhelming shot/hit/play advantage of the win-it-now team and asking for more. Well... not asking exactly.

The underdog Nucks are have been out-matched all series. However, not out goalie’d.

Demmer has faced 91 shots and allowed 1 goal in 120 minutes of playoff hockey.

Goalie Controversy?

How about a goalie dynasty. Thanks to Ian Clark - Goalie Dynasty Builder.

Do you want to know how this historic game unfolded? Even if you know how, want to know how all over again?

Of course, you do.

1st Period

In their recent improbable win last game, the Nucks didn’t have a great start. What could they do to make an even more improbable win more probable?

The Canucks need to get a goal early — Westy

And the Nucks come out hot and ready to pounce. No, really.

They controlled play in the early minutes. No, really.

And the new Jaked-up 4th line was really going. To the net.

Everyone Shotgun — Chicky

It’s 1-0 Nucks in under 3 minutes in. And Jake has the GWG. Not making it up.

And next up, the Nucks get a PP. And keep the no PP goal streak alive for the umpteenth frustrating time.

Doesn’t matter.

What matters is that by half way through the period, the Nucks are confident enough with the 1 goal lead, the proven safest lead in hockey, to stop wasting shots on net.

And to make it easier for the Arrogant Nighties to expend their faint hope clause, the Nucks go on the PK.

Um...

Good kill boys? Kept them hemmed in our end the whole two minutes! — Twitchy

Doesn’t matter.

What matters is the Nucks take another penalty at the last moment of the period, so they can sharpen their PK skills all over again.

Canucks survive the last minute

but will be down a man at the start of the 2nd period — Westy

Nucks out shoot the Vegans 8 to 4 through 4-6 minutes. But get out shot 9-8 through 20 minutes.

2nd Period

You might have heard the cruel rumour from Westy about the Nucks starting the 2nd on the PK.

Game thread is a little gassed tho.

Geez

Gonna need some oxygen after that — Twitchy

And the Nucks get their ritual PP and use it to waste 2 minutes of game time skating around practising zone entries and own-zone puck retrieval.

You may have heard how crushingly effective the Swollen Nights are in 2nd periods. But, sometimes even the win-it-now team needs a little snack boost.

Miller provides a scrumptious turnover in front of Demmer.

Wow miller

Nice pass to the knights lol — Twitchy

Still... turnovers aren’t satisfying the Nighties goal hunger.

Finally... after 19 minutes and 23 seconds since the last Nucks shot on goal, Eddie breaks - no, not his stick - breaks the shot drought.

And some fellow shot savourers join him on the chance parade.

Finally the wait is over. The wait for the inevitable Myers holiday visit to his boxy condo.

And leaps out of his summer retreat onto the ice on a breakaway.

Damn nice attempt

Meyers… it was a good shot, better save — Twitchy

The Vegan Nights are clinging to their goal fast - Demmer is a strict dietitian.

Despite getting some good looks and getting 17 shots on our elite backup, the Nucks still lead 1-0. The Nucks 7 shots on goal are far less the shots served in the game thread this period.

Eesh

That’s the 17th last two minutes we’ve had in a period this series… they never get less stressful — Twitchy

3rd Period

It’s the final 20 minutes. Not for us. We’re still hyper-ventilating over the first 40.

Can we expect the Sullen Nights to push back?

Sure.

For a minute or so. After Petey throws a hit at the Nucks B-line, Huggy takes the puck for a skate. Huggy goes all around the Lossy Wedges end. Sends a pass to Miller who snaps a shot off the post and as Sneak Pete provides a sneak screen.

What a play! It’s 2-0 Nucks just 1:03 in!

If they had a term for veteran rookie, Huggy Bear would be the term. Or maybe it’s a Demmmer.

Doesn’t matter.

With the 2nd safest lead in hockey established, the Nucks dominate the rest of the game. Not on the shot counter. Or hitter counter. Or possession counter.

Just the goal counter.

Since Quinn is playing his best game of the series, what about making it even better - 4 on 4 style.

That

Was sex in a goal… — Chicky

Huggy Sex! — jimmi

With another sexy screen from Pete.

It’s 3-0 Nucks with barely half the period to go. We’re gonna win!!! No, really.

The Aging Nights are coming hard. And nasty. Jake gets Kronwalled in his own end. He’s down on his knees, the game thread is on the carpet whispering happy thoughts.

He’ll be

Ok. Wind knocked. — Chicky

With almost 4 minutes before their fate is signed, sealed and delivered, the Nighties pull the goalie and Capt’n Bo gets the EN goal the league timekeepers deprived him of previously.

Wooooo Horvat

Playoff scoring leader — Twitchy

There were no passengers on this Underdog Express. Not because I was told too, but because Sutz played hard all game, won puck battles and got the apple on Bo’s tally.

There better be a good write up about Sutter

He was the difference. — Westy

Some might say Demko was a difference maker too. 48 save SO in a playoff game. The highest save total shutout in a regulation playoff game in Nucks history.

Our young group (and their Edlers) are making Nucks playoff history. What a run!

Want to see some more video on another improbable win? Yes, please.

GAME STATS (They’re Perfect! Not making it up)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Golden Knights
VGK
48 40% 0/5 20 43 12 14
Canucks
VAN
23 60% 0/4 12 26 21 18


Out shot, out hit, but doesn’t matter.

PLAYER STATS (They’re Amazing! Demmmmmmmers!)

# 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 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 19:13 3:01 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 3 1 67 18:37 3:07 1:14 0
18 J. Virtanen 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 3 0 1 0 9:37 2:32 --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 67 12:50 --:-- 3:35 0
26 A. Roussel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5:28 --:-- --:-- 0
40 E. Pettersson 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 1 0 33 16:18 3:07 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 1 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 63 17:16 3:17 --:-- 0
64 T. Motte 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 2 1 2 1 17:11 --:-- 5:59 0
70 T. Pearson 0 1 1 1 1 4 0 4 3 0 1 1 19:06 3:57 2:32 0
73 T. Toffoli 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 14:42 3:17 --:-- 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 61 14:14 --:-- 6:40 0
88 A. Gaudette 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 40 7:46 2:53 --:-- 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 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 17:10 0:37 3:23 0
8 C. Tanev 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 1 5 1 1 19:22 --:-- 6:34 0
23 A. Edler 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 1 5 0 0 22:41 1:32 4:59 0
43 Q. Hughes 1 1 2 2 2 2 0 2 1 2 3 2 17:40 3:26 --:-- 0
51 T. Stecher 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 0 17:23 --:-- 2:14 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 1 0 0 21:26 2:19 2:50 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
35 T. Demko -- 48 48 33–33 11–11 4–4 48–48 1.000 0 60:00


This the most fun run in years. Decades even.

How much fun are the guys having?

In less than 24 hours, the Nucks are playing a game 7 in the semis!

It’s unreal! The Nucks had never won a game in regulation against the Stolen Nights. And now have won 3 games in playoff regulation.

Unbelievably, it’s game 7 time! It’s either the last game of the playoffs for our amazing Nucks or, even better, the last game for the trash-talkers.

Who knew this would become a one game series? Other than the wizards at NM Pre-Cognitive Playoff Possibilities.

What an amazing run this is. This Nucks team is making history and making cynics look silly. I’m happy to be silly.