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RECAP #27: NUCKS WIN!!! Drop Leafs 3-1

Jake Breaks Drought - Demko Breaks Leaves

Toronto Maple Leafs v Vancouver Canucks
We Get A Jake Break-out!!!
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s another Nucks 1 game win streak!

Not just a normal (and infrequent) 1 game Nucks win streak.

Your Vancouver Canucks have just beaten the #1 team in the NHL! Woooooooo!

Sure the Laffs had to beat the Oil last night, get on a plane or bus (they’ll say it was a bus) and get back on the ice and play a different team - a team only 1 spot above Ottawa - and embarrassed 3 times last month. So there’s that.

Despite the huge advantage the league leaders had on paper and on the ice, the Nucks had a better goalie and rested players who might have accidently absorbed the structural process that Green and all the volunteer couch couches of NM had been explaining. For weeks. And weeks.

THE DEMMDERFUL

Paddy stacking student of Garret crease cooking.

Demmer played so good against the #1 team, the highest scoring team in the NHL, that getting and keeping a lead seemed a possibility that wasn’t out of the realm of precarious expectation.

DOUBLE-BARRELLED SHOTGUN

With Petey out of the lineup, the Jake we always power dreamed of displayed the power forwarding promise Jake is capable of. Every 25 games or so.

Jake gets the 1st goal of the game (which is important for uh... timeline reasons)

how Jake is that...

technically a laffs own goal — copey

Jake gets the 2nd 3rd goal of the game, breaking the tie - and get this - on the power play!

BO-LISHISH 3RD

For the 1st time in nearly forever (or longer - feels longer), the Nucks kept the lead in the 3rd. And extended it. Yeah... I’m probably making it up.

Capt’n Bo knows tho.

The game thread was more impressed with this spurt of play since free rumballs.

holyee shit

that was the best straight 8 mins the nucks have played all year

and ends in a Cap’n Bo goal

and great pass EDler — copey

The small issue I have with this... is well... why are we getting so giddy if the Nucks play a solid 8?

Maybe because we haven’t seen the Nucks play a solid straight 8 minutes in the 3rd pretty much all season.

It was the surprising novelty.

The tantalising possibility of closing out a game. Win a game against the best team in the league. A team no team in the North can beat, but the lowest ranked teams in the North.

GAME NOTES

Coach Green: Note to self:

Structured Game

Demko all the way

Rest Petey a little longer

No penalties — Atty

For the 1st time this season, in their 27th game, the Nucks broke their own record.

Smashed it by 1 goal. 1st time this year the Nucks have won a game when scoring 4 goals or less.

Landmark achievement.

Which Jake almost under-achieved with an over-achieving hattie on the EN attempt.

Winning 3-1, opens the gates to winning 3-2 or 2-1. Maybe. Some year.

Beat the Laffs at home with the 2 Johns to highlight the best game of the week.

GAME STATS (Robbing the Foliage)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Maple Leafs
TOR
32 46% 0/2 2 18 13 8
Canucks
VAN
28 54% 1/1 4 20 18 3


SHOT COUNTING (So many against in the 1st!)

Period TOR VAN
1st 15 7
2nd 10 12
3rd 7 9
Total 32 28


PLAYER STATS (Jake breaks tired goalies)

# 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 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 19:09 1:02 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 3 1 0 1 60 22:14 1:02 2:00 0
13 J. Hawryluk 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3 1 0 0 8:04 --:-- --:-- 0
18 J. Virtanen 2 0 2 2 1 3 0 3 3 0 0 0 100 15:10 0:12 --:-- 1
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 67 17:00 --:-- 2:02 0
26 A. Roussel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 11:15 --:-- 1:59 0
36 N. Hoglander 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 15:03 0:12 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 1 0 1 1 2 2 0 2 1 1 0 2 38 17:16 1:02 --:-- 0
56 M. Michaelis 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 12:16 --:-- --:-- 0
70 T. Pearson 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 16:50 1:02 0:31 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 100 10:03 --:-- 1:27 0
96 A. Gaudette 0 1 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100 12:55 0:12 0:01 0
# Defense GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
8 J. Benn 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 16:11 --:-- 1:22 0
23 A. Edler 0 1 1 1 2 4 2 4 2 2 0 0 21:16 --:-- 1:42 0
27 T. Hamonic 0 0 0 0 -1 4 0 4 1 1 0 1 19:28 --:-- 0:56 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 1 1 1 -1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 21:17 1:02 0:01 0
57 T. Myers 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 2 1 2 0 0 21:32 0:12 2:46 0
88 N. Schmidt 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 19:13 0:12 1:13 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
35 T. Demko -- 31 32 26–27 5–5 1–1 31–32 .969 0 59:48
49 B. Holtby -- 0 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 --:--


Embracing the pressure of the home presser.

This game was the confidence boost we needed. And probably the Nucks as well.

Of course, we have experienced these little boosts over the past 26 games - just not very often.

Can we trust this result? With this game, have the Nucks turned the loose losing corner? Can the Nucks string together another 2 game winning streak? (Technically, the Nucks had a 4 game win streak when they swept the 3 game Sens series and won again in Winningpeg).

You know what they say... if you have to ask... you can’t afford it.

Oh well... 1 game win streaks are a better alternative.

But what if they do mulch Leafs on Saturday? Uh... don’t let that minuscule mathematical prospect play off your Nucking thoughts.

Just enjoy this single, most important win over the most important team in the league, the universe and beyond.