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TWO Game Nucks Win Streak - Twice As Good As the Single Win One

NHL: MAR 06 Maple Leafs at Canucks
Most important Goalie Wins Most Important Game of the Night!
Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Is this heaven?

No, but it’s close - beating the most important team in the universe on the most important hockey broadcast in Toronto is as close as NM gets on a Saturday night.

Yeah... this season has lowered our heavenly standards.

Doesn’t matter.

What matters is that the Nucks have won 2 games in row against the CoTU. TWO. Without Pete in the lineup. How cool is that?

Maybe it’s not so bad we didn’t fire Green.

On Petey’s absence, two things changed

1)They are not a run and gun team anymore, so they needed team defence (and a goalie who can actually stop the fucking puck).

2) They simplified their game. No more of the fancy shit, and too many passes.

These two changes made them into a brand new team.

Textbook example of why coaching can make a difference. — Atty

THE MOST IMPORTANT AWESOMENESS

TWO GAME WIN STREAK Over the league’s #1 team. Most satisfying.

The FIRST time this season the Nucks have won after trailing going into the 3rd. That’s so huge, because the first one is the deepest. And now the Nucks can follow it up with many shallow comeback wins.

The NUCKS POWER PLAY was 100%. ONE HUNDRED%. It was 4 for 4? Let’s not get crazy - it was 2 for 2.

Nucks opened the scoring on the PP in the 1st. Because scoring first has powerful historical implications.

Demko! Sucked up pucks and crushed spirits of the CoTU most famous shooters. Not only did that 70s pornstar not score, was kept pointless, but he took a penalty where the Nucks PP scored.

Demko stopped the 1st 9 shots of the 3rd! Kept the Nucks in the game until the comeback train arrived to take the game out of the station.

Jake didn’t score 2 goals, but he did put that pornstar on his puny ass.

Good team D. Only a couple Fedlers.

Team played great tonight

There was a strange lack of opponent odd man rushes and breakaways, and everyone bought into the plan to piss off Matthews the entire game.

Funny what team defense can do, like let you beat the first place team in the league twice in a row without your best player. — Raddy

Holy Hot Pepper Shot!

So hot, the refs didn’t even notice it was a goal.

Good way to get a whistle lol

Ignore the ref and celebrate no matter what! — Raddy

On further review, it was declared a good goal. Good? It was freaking fantastic!

JT was the Miller Time of old. Had the GWG and 2 apples. Dominated the most important line on the most important team in the universe. Millsie only had one Fedler in his own zone - passed from behind his own net onto a Laff stick. But Demmer took the Fedle and asked for more.

Wooo!

AN ACTUAL WIN STREAK!!#$@

Also a win when trailing after 2.

BUT A MULTI GAME WIN STREAK!!! — Twitchy

The HNIC CoTU homers are talking up the most important foliage in the universe and not just its 70s pornstache.

PERIOD STATS

Period TOR VAN
1st 15 9
2nd 11 14
3rd 13 8
Total 39 31


GAME STATS (Astounding!)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Maple Leafs
TOR
39 44% 0/1 4 14 14 4
Canucks
VAN
31 56% 2/2 2 20 22 6


PLAYER STATS (Bo, Brock Rock)

# 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 1 2 3 3 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 33 20:48 2:01 --:-- 1
9 J.T. Miller 1 2 3 3 1 4 0 4 3 1 0 2 78 22:42 2:01 1:11 0
13 J. Hawryluk 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 8:16 --:-- --:-- 0
18 J. Virtanen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 17:22 --:-- --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 50 15:34 --:-- 0:47 0
26 A. Roussel 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 9:25 --:-- --:-- 0
36 N. Hoglander 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 50 15:09 --:-- --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 1 1 2 2 2 4 0 4 1 2 0 1 56 20:32 2:01 --:-- 1
56 M. Michaelis 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9:42 --:-- --:-- 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 2 0 0 20:11 2:01 0:49 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 58 9:33 --:-- 1:13 0
96 A. Gaudette 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 0 1 1 1 10:47 --:-- --:-- 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 3 0 3 1 2 2 0 17:35 --:-- 0:43 0
23 A. Edler 0 1 1 1 0 3 0 3 1 3 1 0 19:27 --:-- 1:17 0
27 T. Hamonic 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 4 0 0 21:15 --:-- --:-- 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 21:54 2:01 --:-- 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 1 3 1 0 21:24 --:-- 1:17 0
88 N. Schmidt 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 16:24 --:-- 0:43 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
35 T. Demko -- 37 39 36–38 1–1 0–0 37–39 .949 0 60:00


When was the last time we saw Millsie smile in a presser?

Not only were the Nucks pumped, so was the game thread. The difference was perhaps the blood alcohol levels.

Guys, this is amazing.

The best two game series since….I don’t remember how long has been. Coming back in the third after being 0 to 5 (or 9, not sure) in shots…. this is a whole new level of compete. And it all starts with Demko.

He is the whole reason for the sweep. Everything else is a consequence of his game. The tight defense ( by Canucks standard), the fore-check, the creative offense….all made possible because they KNEW that Thatcher will stop the puck. This is playoffs Demko, guys. — Atty

At NM, there’s 2 types of drinking. Drinking to forget and uh... umm... Drinking!!!

We all drink to this 2 game WIN streak. Or we drink it up. Or both.

Is this the high point of the Nucks season? Sure. Is it the 2nd 3rd 5th turning point of the season? Maybe.

It is for certain the best win streak / turning point - the initial win streak was over the Sens in January. Which was great, but sweeping the Leafs out of the ROG is a thicker, meatier streak. And just in time to make a dash for 500 hockey a possibility.

Just 8 more consecutive wins and... uh... let’s just stay in our drinking bunkers and savour the bouquet. Monday’s Habitual Toffee break can wait.

If this new Nucking D-team can keep pornstaches off the scoresheet in back-to-back games, why not candy snipers too.