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RECAP #40: NUCKS WIN! BIG! Crumple Leafs 6-3

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Comeback Kids Have A Comeback Goalie. The Laffs, Not So Much.

NHL: APR 20 Maple Leafs at Canucks
Pearson Making Nucks Look Good And Rittich Look Not So Good
Photo by Devin Manky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Last game we witnessed an improbable comeback from the Nucks. They had a point to prove. And 2 to get.

This game, they could have resumed normal low result hockey against the best team in the North. The best team with not the best goalies anymore.

We wouldn’t have minded taking a loss, we were ready for it at NM.

Instead, we watched Windmill Holtzy out play de-fLamed Rittich.

Even better... this win, for the 2nd game in a row, the Nucks best period was the 3rd.

HIGH HIGH POINTS

The best period for the Nucks was the 3rd. In case you missed it. The 2nd was their 2nd best. And the 1st wasn’t horrible... other than when Myers was captured in a gravity well.

Tyler Myers falls

Leafs score — Westy

Huggie is back. Taking points. And scoring goals. 3 point game. And game’s 1st star.

Pepper Pot is Hot! Our leading comeback kid comebacker.

Another high. 2 goals from Pearson .

Can Toronto find another way to lose?

They let Pearson score — Westy

Scored on the PP!

And scored unassisted on an unsettled Rittich.

They let him score twice

that’s messed up — Westy

Messed up? They let Sutz get 2 goals too! Not making it up.

The new kid Highmore played a good 4th liner debut. Lots of energy and pestiness. Gaud bless him.

Nucks PP went 1 for 2, so that’s good.

THE NOT SO HIGH POINTS

With Eddie out, some wondered who would fumble the Fedling farty potato.

Chatfield

is filling in for Edler — Westy

Which reassured the game thread.

Well here’s hoping

that Baumer pulls out the ass stapler for Chatfield in the 3rd… kid is not having a good game. — Twitchy

Hoping realised. Chatty played just a little over 3 mins in the 3rd.

Rous left the game with a seeming knee injury after accidently colliding with known Laffing bruiser, Mitch Marner. Accidental? Uh-huh. Sure.

Nucks PP allowed a clown shoes shortie against. That’s not so good. Gave up the lead early in the 3rd on their own PP, but didn’t give up on the game. So that’s not so bad.

ALL THE VIDEO YOU CAN EAT

6, count ‘em, 6 Nucks goals!

The 2 Johns are back on the high calorie, low fibre play-by-play. Yay!

GAME STATS (Amazing! Really)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Maple Leafs
TOR
40 46% 1/2 4 21 12 6
Canucks
VAN
29 55% 1/2 4 11 14 2


SHOT COUNTING (OT Not Included - Not Needed)

Period TOR VAN
1st 13 12
2nd 19 8
3rd 8 9
Total 40 29


PLAYER STATS (Pearson Re-Signing Looking Good?)

# 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 2 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 20:40 2:21 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 0 2 2 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 50 20:33 2:21 1:05 0
13 J. Hawryluk 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 12:19 --:-- --:-- 0
15 M. Highmore 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 15:54 --:-- --:-- 0
18 J. Virtanen 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 4 1 0 0 12:44 0:35 --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 2 0 2 2 2 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 54 15:40 --:-- 2:36 0
24 J. Vesey 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 100 13:24 0:45 --:-- 0
26 A. Roussel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5:03 --:-- --:-- 0
36 N. Hoglander 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 14:05 0:45 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 52 20:10 1:54 0:20 0
70 T. Pearson 2 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 19:39 2:11 1:51 1
72 T. Boyd 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 73 9:41 0:35 --:-- 0
# Defense GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
27 T. Hamonic 0 1 1 1 4 3 0 3 3 2 0 1 23:06 --:-- 2:36 0
43 Q. Hughes 1 2 3 3 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 22:15 2:11 --:-- 0
48 O. Juolevi 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 14:50 --:-- 0:20 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 3 0 5 0 0 22:47 0:45 1:31 0
63 J. Chatfield 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 15:26 --:-- 0:20 0
88 N. Schmidt 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 18:57 0:17 1:05 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
49 B. Holtby -- 37 40 33–34 3–4 1–2 37–40 .925 0 59:51


Back To Back Impressive Pressers

At NM we like to make sweeping conclusions. Some claim we’re just a disgruntled group of closet janitors. In the closet they store the rum, perhaps. But, we’re on a streak to destiny.

Yes, it’s a short streak, but beating the most important team in hockey in both games, is an achievement that will give us bragging rights. For days. From a team that was taken off the ice for 3 weeks by a nasty covid variant so nasty we wondered if there was any season left in the season.

Maybe it’s the emotional rush of making a statement - and beating the Leafs, over and over, is one of the best statements you can make in the North. Could be this level of winning all the final periods is/isn’t sustainable.

Such a crazy season in this crazy Covidian era that all we can do is wonder what else is possible.