A few hours ago, Beggsy was calling this game a scheduled loss. Westy had dived deep into the Historic Gif Record searching for miracles.
Except this wasn’t a miraculous ugly, lucky 1 goal win. The Nucks were the better team for MOST of the game. Really.
Your Vancouver Canucks - or their Replacements - scored 3 goals in the 3rd period!
3 Unanswered goals in the 3rd! I’m not making it up.
Through 7 or 8 games (can’t remember - was emotionally compromised), Nucks had only scored 3 goals in the 3rd.
Remember those Nucks lost leads in the 2nd and 3rd and made more mistakes than Westy makes guarantees? Not available tonight. It’s a miracle!
Or just a good, hard won win.
Best game of the season so far! No kidding.
Easily the best game they played this year. Bent a little at the start of the 1st and 3rd, but played smart, contained hockey overall. Despite the Pens missing on a few backdoor plays and Letang’s late dipsy-doodle, there was no fire-wagoning, no bumper car sharts. They capitalized on opportunities and kept discipline. And Spencer Martin is the first star: he made at least half a dozen fine stops. Give that man more work! — copey2
You might be setting a really low bar, there — Atty
But still... how about that Spencer record.
A Marty Party indeed— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 29, 2022
Spencer Martin improved his record with the #Canucks to 4-0-4, tying Curt Ridley (6-0-2 in 1975.76) as the only goaltender in franchise history to earn at least a point in each of his eight starts with the team. pic.twitter.com/1dGDixkgs3
Bo had 2 goals! On the PP! Not making it up.
Kuz now has goals in back-to-back games. And Mikheyev had 2 helpers.
Petey the Great 2-Way Forward was phenomenal 5-on-5 and the PK. Kept Malkin frustrated all game. Didn’t get the points to show for it - but Pete was a force for Nucking goodness defending and offensiviating. He setup the Kuz goal - stealing the puck and turning the play the other way. The good way.
The Depleted Nucks kept Sid the old Kid off the scoreboard. No one predicted that. Except Brise - who played a mistake-free game against Sid. No, really.
Nucks only allowed a single goal in the game. And no goals in the 3rd. Only took less than a dozen games. That’s good.
Schenn is the highest scoring D
in the league on the Nucks team - according to Bruce. And not shirking his high hit count either.
Coming through pic.twitter.com/QtIYDjhkK3— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 29, 2022
OEL is still fighting the puck. But played better than last night. So that’s not so bad.
The Pens were a disappointment. We expected, after 3 days of rest and Roxyation the big boys, would roll over the tired Nucks. Instead they looked flat - other to start the 1st and 3rd.
The Pens looked tired and road weary, not the Nucks.
THE NO LOSER ‘TUDE
Or... just maybe... maybe, maybe, the Nucks are finally out of the mental-loser-trap and can play like a NHL team.
These two wins allow them to re-group and just have a normal life.
Yesterday they looked like a nervous wreck. Those losses get in your head. They couldn’t get anything right.
When you are terrified to lose, you can’t win anymore. — Atty
THE AWESOME VIDEO EVIDENCE
Finally. The 2 Johns get a good game to call.
PLAYER STATS (Who Are These Guys?)
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Kuz we want to hear from him. Without losing something something Podz in translation.
"It's a great feeling to score in Rogers Arena."— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 29, 2022
Kuzmenko with the help of Podkolzin, meets with the media following the win over the Penguins@theprovince | #Canucks pic.twitter.com/OPhUjtDY0O
Let’s hear from our new goalie controversy instigator.
"We have a pretty resilient group. We've stayed positive, although we were disappointed in the start, we knew that we had to stay the course to get it turned around."— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 29, 2022
Spencer Martin@theprovince | #Canucks pic.twitter.com/B39ciyv6bn
Happy Bruce is happy to share his happy thoughts with us. If we were in the locker room post game.
AND the belt goes to... pic.twitter.com/pAzpmVrhbP— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 29, 2022
Hopefully his presser will be posted before we all forget what a happy Bruce presser is like. And it is!
"I was really impressed with the 2nd group of the power play...They were a threat every time they were there. When they can do that, then it becomes a tough two minutes for other teams."— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 29, 2022
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau@theprovince | #Canucks pic.twitter.com/5GbsUOoxY7
Happy Halloween for NM. No one expected this treat.
Nucks won’t have to suffer the indignity of a no-win October. Nor us.
Even better. It’s a 2 game win streak! In October!
We can save our emergency rum supplies for next month.
Are the Nucks Back On Track for the Heady Heights of 500 Hockey?
This poll is closed
Sure. Only 8 more wins to go. In the next 11 games.
500? What?! 250 is at least half as good.
500 by July? You got it! But not Bedard.