After winning our hearts, minds and expensive beverages at home dowsing the Flamuckles 7-1, the Nucks, or at least some of them, claimed that game was their new standard of play.
You’d have to excuse us if we thought it was filled with legal caveats, like the new standard for every 2nd Thursday game at home. In February. This year.
But to play with that level of intensity and confidence in the Big Apple, we weren’t expected to expect that.
This season has taught us to expect the unexpected. No, we expect that all the time. Just not in a good way.
Tonight’s This afternoon game played at peak dinner time - a Sunday dinner we’d been waiting all day for on the wet coast (and it’s really wet) isn’t something we asked for - other than Westy. Who like some unnamed others like Kent, eat dinner 3 hours early. Almost every day!
Anyhow, despite not not adjusting to the home timeline - like the ROG games do when the CoTU dinner crew roll in. Despite that or maybe because of it, the Nucks were the hungrier team.
Hungrier for the win as well as a nice NY dinner.
Hungrier for the 1st goal too.
A goal setup beautifully by JT, who probably made the Rags even hungrier for him.
We strike first! — Chicky
Pearson from the slot gifted by Miller pic.twitter.com/H47XGjizc5— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 28, 2022
Road Win Rules: Always get the 1st goal. And 2nd.
Miller sets up Myers - who gets his 1st goal of the year! His contract isn’t so bad now. But the Rags GM is salivating even more JT. Which is actually more creepy than it sounds.
Nucks lead 2-0 after 1.
We pause from all the Nucking goal scoring for a message from our hero and sponsor, Demmmmers!
Demko will have to stand on his head today for the Canucks to have a chance — Westy
Just Demko doing Demko things. pic.twitter.com/uyYG3HQqWK— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 28, 2022
God Demko is just absolutely everywhere. — Chicky
How do you match leading by 2, the lead of safety? Make it moar safe!
You can’t ask for much more from a team playing a road game against a good team....except maybe a few more goals. — Westy
How about Lammy with the GWG!
What can you get for your speedy winger for his B-Day? Tips would be good.
Woo! That was a great PP all around and deserved a goal. Is this the Canucks? — Twitchy
Maybe, maybe not. We don’t care anymore.
The 2nd is over and the Nucks are leading 4-0 in MSG!
This would have been a good place to end the game.
With the 4 goal insurmountable lead why play another 15 minutes?
15 or 20 minutes? The full 60 is divided into 3.975 15 minute sections according league rules, but I’d have to look it up.
Maybe Hammer had his mind on dinner, not on the puck and...
Just a lazy play by Hamonic.....lazy — Westy
Blood sugar levels or work time levels?
Maybe clear the fecking zone??? Hamonic. — Chicky
We won’t mention how this no-clear ended clear in the net behind Demmmers seconds later. Or the other Nucking defensive malfeasance that occurred.
Pete also added a nifty backhand goal that beat the goalie - who was on the bench.
Petey with a freebie — Westy
he worked like hell for that freebie
that was no Pearson special; that took grit and backhanded skill — copey2
It’s a 5-2 win with just enough worry moments to keep the NM worry moment clock ticking.
We somehow managed to score 5 goals without Quinn getting an assist on any of them. — Raddy
The gnashing of roller blades over Huggie’s pointless game begins at NM. Some of us tried to warn you.
Whatever. We take the win and move onto entertaining dining.
That was an entertaining game! Made more so by defensive brainfarts in the third. — Twitchy
For the 1st time this season, the Nucks have a positive goal differential. I’m not making it up.
Outscoring people 12-3 the last two games. — Raddy
Not only outscoring... the Nucks new power kill killed 3 Ragging Power Plays and the Nucks scored on their lone PP. That’s pretty special. Call it the dinner special. Let’s eat some more!
Also, the Canucks won *a lot*, a huge amount, of board battles. So Attila is absolutely right that they wanted the game more.
Still way too many high-danger chances against Demko, though. And they crumbled bad for 5 minutes there. But thank you Petey! That EN goal was a relief. — copey2
HOMER ROAD VIDEO
The Johns make this road win even better. Except for the last few minutes part.
GAME STATS (pretty good road game)
BIG SHOTS (ours are bigger)
PLAYER STATS (Moar PP Goals! Or at least 1)
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|#||Defense||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
Highmore hitting the highs in MSG on his birthday.
"This is pretty cool. To be here in MSG, and ultimately get the win and keep our playoff push alive, it was a tonne of fun."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 28, 2022
Matthew Highmore on getting the win on his birthday#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/9nxILKGxA0
Bruce is still gushing about Demmmers. Not just a home Kirk jersey thing.
"He's (Demko) been incredible. This game wouldn't have been a 5-2 game if it wasn't for him."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 28, 2022
Coach Bruce Boudreau meets with the media after the victory over the Rangers#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/7LJHnqGPhk
Be nice if there was time to savour this win over the Rags. Nucks beating the Rags in MSG is always a top 10 game for NM.
However, the wicked NHL schedulers do not permit road savouring for us. Or the Nucks. Instead the Nucks take the plane, train or training bicycle over to Jersey. To play Huggie’s siblings - those little Devils - tomorrow afternoon. Another dinner prep session shortened by the weirdness of time zones across great distances.
To be clear NY and NJ are in the same time zone. Yet according to some, in very different culture zones.