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GAME RECAP #81: NUCKS WIN! The Pacific Division! Win Game 4-1 In The ROG

April 16, 2024
- jimmi

Demmmers back and stopping all the shots, but one.


Tonight the Nucks clinched the division with their 50th win of the season. Only 3rd time in all Nucking history to achieve that win total. 2nd best home record in Nucks history.

For most of the game, Nucks played like the team that will still be playing next week.

And Demko is back and playing like Demko!

To start, it's the Nucks on the PK. Myers is breaking gamethread minds and Marky too!

Tyler Myers scores on the PK....BIZARRO WORLD




1-0 Nucks. For about a minute. Pete and Miki get into the Marky zone. Miki passes to Pete, Pete to Hoagie. Hoagie passes past Marky. 2-0 Nucks after 1.

Early in the 2nd, the Nucks are getting Flamed a bit in their own end. Myers clears to Gnarly who passes to Josh who goes up ice with Lindy on a 2-on-1. Josh shoots - blocker side on Marky - and scores. 3-0 Nucks after 2.

Things got a bit 'playoffy atmos' mid 2nd as Hoagie crosschecked/shoved Pachal in the chest. Pachal snapped his head back in response. A scrum erupted in front of the benches, including a skirmish between 5-foot-something Gnarly and Cowtown’s Klapka, listed as 6-foot-8.

Conor Garland will single-handedly fight all of the Flames

Gnarly with the takedown.

Hoagie was assigned a 5 minute major for a crosscheck to the head. On review, reduced to a 2 minute crossing check to the chest. Both got 10 minute majors, so line blending carried on into the 3rd.

In the 3rd with the game out of reach with safest lead in hockey assured, Nucks sat back a bit. And worse, got a PP than almost turned into a few shorties against- but for Demmers. Mid-period when we might have been thinking how cool it would be for Demmers to get the SO, a screened shot made it past him.

No worries. As Suter steals the puck off a hapless Flamer at the Flaming blueline. Millsie skates in on Marky and blasts a blocker-side shot past Marky.

Always on the blocker side



Pacific Division Champs, your Vancouver Canucks!


Ronnie chirped the Flames bench with this: "You'll be on holidays in 2 days... feel sorry for you." Zing.


Every home win this season was appreciated by fans. And the results of the Team Awards were announced.

J.T. Miller: Cyclone Taylor Trophy – “Most Valuable Player”

For the first time in his career, J.T. Miller was awarded the Cyclone Taylor Trophy as the team’s Most Valuable Player. Miller has had a career-year this season, setting a new career-high with 36 goals and 102 points going into the team’s game on April 16. Heading into tonight’s game, Miller is tied for the seventh-most points in a single season by a Vancouver Canuck. 

Miller was also one of six players to represent the Canucks at the 2024 All-Star Game in Toronto, ON. It was the first All-Star appearance of his career. In Toronto, he was voted by fans to take part in the NHL All-Star Skills, competing alongside teammates Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson. 

Quinn Hughes: Walter (Babe) Pratt Trophy – “Best Defenceman”

For the fifth season in a row, Quinn Hughes has been voted the winner of the Walter (Babe) Pratt Trophy as the team’s Best Defenceman. He extends his club record for the most consecutive award wins. He is also the first defenceman to win the award five times, surpassing Harold Snepsts, Jyrki Lumme, and Mattias Ohlund, each of whom had four wins.

Hughes has had another record-breaking season in 2023.24. He’s set franchise records with 74 assists and 91 points through April 15. He also set new personal career-highs for goals in a season (17) and games played (80) ahead of Tuesday’s game. This season, Hughes played in his 300th career game and recorded his 300th career point, and entering Tuesday’s game, he leads all NHL defenceman in points. At the NHL All-Star Game in Toronto, Quinn was one of the first 32 players named and was captain of a team alongside celebrity co-captain, Michael Bublé.

J.T. Miller: Pavel Bure Award – “Most Exciting Player” & Leading Scorer*

In addition to the Cyclone Taylor Trophy, J.T. Miller has been voted the winner of the Pavel Bure Award as the team’s Most Exciting Player. This is the second Pavel Bure Award win for Miller, having also been voted as the Most Exciting Player during the 2021.22 season.

Aided by 28 multi-point games this season, tops amongst Canucks skaters, including 12 games with three or more points and two games with four points, Miller is poised to win the Cyrus H. McLean Trophy as the team’s leading scorer. It will officially be announced upon the conclusion of the regular season.

Dakota Joshua: Fred J. Hume Award – “Unsung Hero”

For the second consecutive year, Dakota Joshua has been voted the winner of the Fred J. Hume Award as the team’s Unsung Hero. Joshua has set career-highs across the board this season, with his 17 goals, 14 assists, and 31 points all being new personal highs. His 235 hits through 61 games are also a career-high and rank t-13th in the NHL. Joshua recorded his first-career three-point game on February 13/24 at Chicago, a game in which he also recorded the first Gordie Howe Hat Trick of his career.

Elias Pettersson: Three Stars Award*

With 18 three stars selections this season, including 10 first-star nominations, Elias Pettersson is set to win the Three Stars Award for the second-consecutive season. Pettersson has had another successful season in 2023.24, becoming the first player from the 2017 draft class with three 30 goal seasons, as well as topping 80 points for the second straight season. He also leads all Canucks players with three games of four or more points.

Quinn Hughes: Daniel and Henrik Sedin Award – “Community Leadership”

For the 2023.24 season, Quinn Hughes was named the winner of the Daniel and Henrik Sedin Award for Community Leadership. Following a summer that devasted many parts of the province, Hughes visited West Kelowna the week he was named captain in September to demonstrate support for firefighters and the community. He followed that up with the creation of the Canucks first Firefighters Night in December where he hosted the West Kelowna Fire Department. Hughes also launched “Team 43” this season, a program that sees him donate four tickets to every home game to first responders in B.C., as an ode to his grandfather, who was a New York City firefighter for over 30 years.

Note: *Will be officially awarded upon the conclusion of the regular season



Enjoying Shortie and Dave while we can. Much better than HNIC homer tsunami heading our way next week.



fLames Period CANUCKS
9 1st 12
15 2nd 10
16 3rd 9
40 TOTAL 31


SUTER 1 +1
MYERS 1 1 +2
Saves Shots SV%
DEMKO 39 40 .975


"I think they’re ready for the next part of this journey.” - Coach Taco

Watch Taco - Jack Adams runaway leader, crest the season at NHL.COM

Last home game of the season. But not the last home game of the year. Wooooooooo!

As soon as next Sunday - playoffs starting date still TBD - the Nucks will be playing in the ROG. In the POST-SEASON! First time in nearly a decade.

But who will they be playing? Depends. The likely scenario will depend on Dallas. If they get a point vs Blues, then Nucks will play Preds for sure.

UPDATE: Starskis got 2 points and Nuck will meet the Preds in Round One.

The turnaround from last season's team to this one, is one for the record books. Might be a bigger turn around than the '73-74 to '74-'75 season.

How impressed have you been with this new Management/Coaching/Roster change this season?


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