What a difference a rink makes. Who’d thought that travelling from the ROG to the Shart Tank could save your hearing and lower your pulse.
In the before times, playing in the Tank would be an intimidating and very loud experience.
However in the after times, it was as quiet a snoozing kitten in the sad Tank.
Just trying to give you a taste of whatever is going on in the San Jose arena tonight.
It’s a sleeeeepy crowd — Gwailoh
[Insert copyrighted sleepy Sylvester cat gif]
The best road game of the BB era? So far. But, some room for improvements. Lots of room. Big fancy spare minutes of room. Possible periods of room.
What matters is the Bruce-ified Nucks painted a MS-painted win in the bowls of SJ.
It was beautiful!
Ok... not really... but with the D-pleted team and our fresh Bris out on the ice - the Tank faeries took him away too soon. 5D is all we need? Dunno. Ask Bruce.
Not a great 1st period, but it ended with the Nucks up 2-1.
A stinging Brocket from a nifty, skilled pass from Pearson - who seems to know he has to play better to keep Trader-J at bay.
The Nucks PP is relying on (new) old plays to pop the light on. Miller to Bo. Wonder if they made eye contact this time.
Bar down and in off the captain's hot stick pic.twitter.com/q4jyHE1hYM— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 17, 2021
In the 2nd, the road Nucks ramped up the... non-shooting action - over 12 minutes without a shot. Some keyboard jockey in the gamethread was playing the ‘surprise’ card.
Oh look.... Nucks have 2 shots through 14 mins... — jimmi
Still... the Nucks scored the only goal of the 2nd. The 2nd goal from Brock. Great setup from Miller and Pearson. Hottest line of the game.
Brock’s laser cannon now back to fully functional — KevinV
Leave him open in this spot and this is going to continue to happen! pic.twitter.com/nKJFG51tq1— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 17, 2021
Brock is back!!! 2 blistering lasers for 2 goals!!! — Gwailoh
Brock’s 5th Goal in 6 Games! Where did that come from? Some sort of change in something. Maybe ask Westy.
Nucks decided to press harder in the 3rd. Good thing.
And they extend the lead just when it looked like the Sharks were back on the tank charge with the only softie Demmer has allowed in the last 1,000 shots.
But, the MillerTime line was still hot. And so was Miller’s shot.
Diki after so many chances in the game, potted his 1st goal in a long, long time. This time the net was big enough and Pete unselfish enough.
A road win doesn’t have to be pretty. It just has to be a win.
The SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN In The BB-NUCKS ERA!
Demmers played like Demmers, which is astonishingly well... or as Bruce says... “Not bad”.
For a less sloppy take on the game...
GAME THREAD GAME REVIEW
excellent, tenacious forechecking, combined with a determined Demko, and a lot of luck after sloppy play led to this win
it was a see-saw game and they were lucky to win, but Demko easily outplayed Hill
Myers was strong again tonight as the horse (that penalty call was simply a make-up; and hey 100% on the PK!), but the AHL callups had a lot of trouble, Juulsen most of all, unfortunately, as he was turnstiled twice and Juudlered the puck a bunch of times
4th line was pretty ineffective again; time to put Chiasson down and give PDG a shot
and hope Podz’s teeth are ok, after being hit with the caveman’s clearance — Copey
FANCY RADDY STATS
Some Demko things
#1 in NHL in goalie games played
#1 in minutes, by a lot
Most shots faced by a lot
Most saves by a lot — Raddy
VIDEO REPLAY ON THE PAGE
It’s a Thursday in SJ, so we get the 2 Johns to cover some of the sloppy plays and great road win. Even if it didn’t look that great at first.
GAME STATS (couple iffy periods and a road win - that’s winning)
SHOTS (don’t look at the 2nd, k?)
PLAYERS (the road flow looks good)
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THE 6TH CONSECUTIVE IMPRESSOR
6th straight win?! Feels like I’m making it up.
What does Brock feel his line is making up.
"I feel like our whole line is playing really good hockey and playing smart hockey, and I think that’s the key to our success right now."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 17, 2021
Brock Boeser#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/7INfKmBQKk
Gabby half-unmasked with a 42 second presser forced to pick between Demmers and the Flow. Fortunately, he doesn’t have to - they’re both on his... on our streaking team.
THERE IT IS, BRUCE. 2nd All-Time.
That's six wins in six games for Bruce Boudreau and the @Canucks, their longest winning streak since a 7-0-0 run from Dec. 19, 2019 – Jan. 4, 2020.#NHLStats: https://t.co/APmf2zQ9mR pic.twitter.com/ctGAp3AFEc— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 17, 2021
Bruce is setting records while the Nucks are setting season records - and more.
We asked for a 6 Game Win Streak. The Nucks have delivered.
Still days away from Xmas, why not ask for more? It’s better to give than receive and the new BB-NUCKS have given us the stuff that makes us giddy for more Gabby wins.
Wonder if the BruceBump work can on the CoTU?