Redemption game the Nucks needed - but a win we needed more.
Good news! Good teams don't lose 3 games in a row. Nucks haven't done that - so they're good. Really good teams don't lose 2 games in a row. Nucks haven't done that - so they're really good. Elite teams don't lose more than one game in a row. Wait a sec! What if they win one, then lose one, then win one, then... That's not elite, that's a 500 team. Stats are hard, confusing and misleading.
That's why we don't rely on stats to determine the status of the Nucks. We have gamethreads for that.
Tonight's afternoon gamethread was cautious at first...
A lot of running around so far
4 minutes no shots...nice
so few shots that the announcers are counting whistlesWesty
Conclusive evidence the Nucks started well. So well, in fact, they maintained the 0-0 tie right into the 1st intermission.
Altho... some mixed opinions...
Hughes continuing his chaos from last night.Twitch
However, in the 2nd period after six minutes of preserving the tie, Huggie sends a 1Km pass up ice that Miller receives and passes to Gnarly for the sneaky redirect past Allen. 1-zip Nucks.
With the pressure mounting on the Habs, their young D trips over Allen's stick, knocking it behind his net, Pete has a tussle with some Habs back there and Allen's stick is going further away. Finally the Habs clear the zone, but just past the blueline. Miki gets the puck and skates in on Allen who is/isn't distracted about retrieving his stick. Doesn't matter. Miki scores. 2-zip Nucks.
Since Gnarly is feeling it and creating Chaos - the good kind around the Habs net - he swoops round and round or so it seemed to the distracted Montreal defenders. Puts a shot on net. Rebound goes round and round and Josh scores - the GWG. 3-zip Nucks.
WOOO JOSHUA! Man that was a great shift all around.Twitch
Nucks with the totally unassailable 3-0 lead after 2. There was a Habs goal, or rather they put a puck past DeSmith. It was caught on near instant replay as being offside and the Habs returned to their zeroness status.
Also... Nucks had a wee visit from BC Ferries. Who knew they trolled the St. Lawrence. First Myers crashes awkwardly into the boards...
The Giraffe needs a vetWesty
Then Soup blocks a shot with most unprotected part of his calf. He hobbled to the bench and didn't return.
2nd periods. The Nucks DIFF in that period is +17! There's many teams - possibly good ones - without a DIFF that big for all their games.
Nucks had been the embodiment of Lady Bingness all game. But early in the 3rd Dr. Chaos was caught slashing. At least he returned to the game, since the Nucks are down to
five 4D. No problem, except Juuly - who played a good game - whipped his stick across Suzuki's face. Not intentional, but still a penalty this time of year.
It's a Habs 5-on-3 with 3D left for the Nucks. Habs didn't take full advantage of the near minute of over-manned time. Suzuki blew a skate blade and wasn't able to spin and score as a star unidexter. Unfortunately for the Nucks and DeSmith's SO bid, he-who-hurt-Pete and can't be named, scored during a scrumble in front of the Nucks net as one or fewer penalties expired.
Habs feel they are on the scoresheet. And the NHL scorekeepers had the same feeling. 3-1 Nucks until the last 90 seconds. Brock pots the EN, 4-1 Nucks. Minute later Montreal inexplicably score, 4-2 Nucks. And in the last 20 seconds, PDG scores an EN.
Tense few minutes, but the Taco Tough Nucks stuck to their 'simple' system and win 5-2!
“We feel confident when we’re put out there late in games and really at any time against any line. Our system is so easy to follow that if you’re focused on your detail, it makes you look good as well"Gnarland
Great redemption victory. At least the gamethread stats board said so.
Live Action Reel
John and what's his name... Ray something are back on the SN coverage team. That's good.
The Canucks goal differential of +33 is only slightly less (by just a couple of goals) that the COMBINED differential of all the western conference teams with positive differentials, if you take out Vegas from the equation.Atty
So, Stars, Kings, Avs, Jets, Blues, Coyotes, Ducks- add them all up, and they barely surpass the Canucks by 2 or 3 goals. And I don't count the bottom half, which are negative.
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"Really good game. 200-foot game by everybody. 2 and 1 on this road trip - pretty pleased with the effort tonight.
The last five, six, seven games [Garland’s been] one of our better forwards. He’s done a nice job, I really think that line actually has been one of our better lines the last three, four games. They were our best line in #%#!*^ so good for them”Coach Taco
2 out of 3 wins in the scary eastern provinces isn't too bad. Even if CoTU will troll us for another decade.
Nucks are back home for an extended single game series. Against our old Bo's team on Wednesday night. The actual night, not the recent future type. Then Nucks hit the cold road again for a game in Cowtown on Thursday and Saturday play Seatown in Gastown(ish). Both teams - not making it up - rank far below the 2nd place team in the Pacific. That 2nd place in the Pacific team is... the Tough Taco Nucks. Yay!