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.
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
The Nucks are still trailing by 1 to start the 3rd. But only by 1.
Would they come out hard and score early?
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).
To overtime we go!— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 9, 2021
Who scores the #Canucks golden goal?! pic.twitter.com/Rp642QZ2l6
The @Canucks benefited from a late game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation to win tonight. Their three such tallies are the most among all clubs in 2020-21. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/TFDSbcsCXK— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 9, 2021
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.
Cap'n Clutch pic.twitter.com/FpTNi1MtL5— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 9, 2021
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.
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.
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)
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|
|#||Defense||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
For the 3rd time in a row, the Nucks presser is a happy place to get pressed into zooming.
Post-game availability expected to include Gaudette, Horvat & Demko, followed by Coach Green.#Canucks | @TheProvince https://t.co/Hh42MPlCgQ— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 9, 2021
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.