For the first time in 176 days, Canucks fans shotgunned beer en masse on social media, as Jake Virtanen scored his first-ever playoff goal.
It was a big one too for the 18-goal scorer, as Virtanen beat Blues goalie Jake Allen short-side to tie the game at three, before Tyler Motte scored the eventual game-winning goal just over two minutes later.
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) August 20, 2020
Shotgun Jake burst out of his playoff slumber for two points on the night, as he also assisted on J.T. Miller’s goal, after failing produce a point in the previous seven postseason games.
The Canucks now lead the series 3-2 and can send the Stanley Cup champs home with another win on Friday.
Canucks fans have been enthusiastically shotgunning beer for the Abbotsford native for two seasons now, but they took it to a new level for the playoffs. Turns out, Shotgun Jake is the perfect way to celebrate while remaining physically distant, as one group illustrated on a Zoom call.
— Troy Charles (@Troy__Charles) August 20, 2020
But we’ll let dweeb — the shotgun king — kick things off, with some of the best of the first-ever playoff edition of #ShotgunJake:
— dweeb. (@edweeb) August 20, 2020
— Bert Hutt (@BertHuttVan) August 20, 2020
— Pony (@TheSteelGecko) August 20, 2020
— Kamesh Goundar (@Kamesh_G10) August 20, 2020
— Paul S (@paulisrad) August 20, 2020
— falconeh (@falconeh3) August 20, 2020
— Cole Bielli (@Colebob25) August 20, 2020
— Deirdre Brownlow (@deirdreishere) August 20, 2020
— Mattola (@canucksrepublic) August 20, 2020
— Rob Fai (@RobFai) August 20, 2020
— Lucas Wilson (@lucaswilson94) August 20, 2020
— John E Marriott Photography (@JohnEMarriott) August 20, 2020
— Matthew B. (@MattBInYYC) August 20, 2020
— Uncle Rico (@RustySteele) August 20, 2020
— orie jugernaunt (@oriejugernaut) August 20, 2020
— Scott Simpson (@ScottySimpson91) August 20, 2020
— Dakota Dunlop (@dakattack92) August 20, 2020
— Canuckaluphugus (@canuckaluphugus) August 20, 2020
— Cord McHenry (@HockeyTeethCord) August 20, 2020
#shotgunjake 19th goal of the szn (1st of the playoffs*), congrats big tuna! 🚨🏒 The boys are back in the PLAYOFFS..and how sweet it is 🍫🌰 @HalfordTSN @JasonBroughTSN #Canucks pic.twitter.com/oWobGG3mFb
— Tommy the Tractor Guy (@tommykippes) August 20, 2020