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RECAP #29: NUCKS WIN! Down Habs 2-1 in the extra extra period!

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One Great Minute and Couple Extra Periods Is All It Takes

Montreal Canadiens v Vancouver Canucks
Capt’n Bo Goes 5 hole stick-side
Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

Full Disclosure: Started this recap during the 2nd period when the January Nucks were occupying the ROG.

Yes, it was looking that grim. Not a good hockey game. For either team. But worse for the Nucks.

IN-GAME NOTES:

Nucks blow a 5 on 3. Not just blow, but blow it up into party balloon animal level of clownshoes.

Well that was a period.

shit first 5 minutes, crap last 5 minutes, ineffective good play for the rest. — Twitchy

After 1: 6 chances MTL - 1 chance VAN

Nucks outshot 6-0 8 mins into the 2nd

Habs out-hit Nucks 11-1

After 2: 12 chances MTL - 2 chances VAN

15 games since Gaud scored on the earthly plain

And then...

The Nucks are still trailing by 1 to start the 3rd. But only by 1.

Would they come out hard and score early?

dear Nucks

you can’t score if you’re only in your own zone the entire period — Raddy

No, they got hemmed in their own end. For too long.

As the last minute of the game arrived to the scoreless Canucks, seemed the only thing we’d see was a Toffee EN.

But, we’d be wrong. So wrong. So thankfully wrong.

GAUD LOVES US AFTER ALL

Last minute of the game and Bo and Gaud break into the zone, and Gaud knows (even if we don’t).

OT solved nothing, which is good, because someone in the game thread mentioned that Trav was saving Pete for the Shootout.

Although Brock was a beast 3 on 3.

holy crap Brock is a beast of fury — Raddy

Almost beat Price after beastifying 3 Montreal players.

Doesn’t matter. What matters is that Bo totally faked-out Price and scored the only goal of the extra shooting period.

And despite the best efforts of the league, this Bo goal and all the Demmer saves means the Nucks win the game 2-1. No, really.

Also...

3

GAME

NUCKS

WIN

STREAK!!!

For only the 2nd time this season the Nucks have won 3 consecutive games. And for the first time over two good teams.

SUPER FINE POINTS

Demko and the Nucking Fire Brigade shutout Toffoli. That was as important as the game win - for the moral of NM drinking brigade. No Toffee-flavoured mocktails were prepared, consumed or thrown at the screen.

The Nucks slayed the who-scores-first-wins dragon. That was a stubborn dragon that hung around until the 29th game.

Demmers was the 1st star of the game. He is our #1 goalie. Just as we knew he would be.

Myers never went Fedling to his summer cottage. And neither did Eddie.

Still... the Nucks PK could be better. Also... the 100% Nucks PP of last game lost a couple digits, but kept the egg-o.

For the 3rd game in a row, the Nucks win without Pete. Will there even be a place in the lineup when he returns? Definitely. Centering the 3rd line? Why not.

HIGHLIGHTS

Since it’s a Monday and HNIC is back in their groomer booth stroking their CoTU fuzz, we can enjoy the 2 Johns calling the best 2 goals of the game.

GAME STATS (One Great Minute is All It Takes - sort of)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Canadiens
MTL
30 42% 1/2 6 24 10 2
Canucks
VAN
29 58% 0/3 4 17 22 11


Shot Counting

Period MTL VAN
1st 8 10
2nd 12 6
3rd 9 11
OT 1 2
Total 30 29


PLAYER STATS (Gaud Saves Games!)

# 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 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 22:50 4:17 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 4 54 25:18 4:30 2:41 0
13 J. Hawryluk 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 7:34 --:-- --:-- 0
18 J. Virtanen 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 14:38 0:19 --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 73 14:29 --:-- 0:45 0
26 A. Roussel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 10:58 --:-- 0:45 0
36 N. Hoglander 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 0 16:51 1:23 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 3 0 2 0 48 23:36 3:41 --:-- 0
56 M. Michaelis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 7:59 --:-- --:-- 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 22:33 3:13 --:-- 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 88 12:14 --:-- 2:41 0
96 A. Gaudette 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 13:29 0:55 --:-- 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 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 12:28 --:-- 0:26 0
23 A. Edler 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 4 0 0 21:29 --:-- 3:00 0
27 T. Hamonic 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 7 0 0 16:41 --:-- --:-- 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 2 1 30:21 3:45 --:-- 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3 0 1 1 24:57 0:51 3:00 0
88 N. Schmidt 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5 0 1 0 1 13:49 0:06 0:26 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
35 T. Demko -- 29 30 26–26 2–3 1–1 29–30 .967 0 64:20



For the 3rd time in a row, the Nucks presser is a happy place to get pressed into zooming.

And for the 3rd straight game, NM is not firing Green. We may even step away from the button for a couple of games. What we don’t know is whether Green will be here next season to be under the NM firing squid.

The Nucks only needed 1 minute out of the 55 available to them to comeback and get the tie, forcing OT and icing the win.

As much as we enjoy one nail-biting minute of Nucking hockey, the statsmathticians will say it’s not sustainable as a game winning tactic. Expect they will change it up to the full 10 minutes of full effort as required by contract law.