‘Tis the season for a seasonal break. Tonight the goal grinch was stalking the Nucks stockings and stuffing them with nothing. The Grinch works for the NHL refs.
When the [redacted] refs get it in their [redacted] [redacted] brains the idea that it’s better to let the players settle things on the ice, rather than calling blatant penalties so as to not effect the outcome of the game - has a direct effect on the outcome of the game.
It’s not hard to see. Either the refs do their job all the time and get paid as full time professionals - or they enforce the rules at their discretion and get paid a modest discretionary sum. At the discretion of fans. That seems fair. As fair as the current unfair system of officiating.
No other major professional sport allows the refs to manipulate the calls like The National Hypocrisy League. Sometimes I wonder why I spent any time or effort to support this bush league.
Anyhow, this was another close fought game against the Jets. And the refs.
Vancouver held the balance of pressure through 2.98 periods. The Jets held the balance of the refs discretion. Tough to battle two foes in one game. But, that is why they call it Nucks luck.
No scoring through 2.98 periods. So... let’s just cut to the video summary and I can cut back to whining about the pathetic display from pretend pro refs.
Jets were targeting Pete all night. In all the wrong places.
when the first gift you open is socks pic.twitter.com/z900ZghxvU— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) December 23, 2018
Everyone on the Canucks but LittleThinger had a shot on goal. Brossoit was just too dammed good. Although, the Nucks didn’t make him move side to side like the Jets did on Marky for the sole goal of the game. And so many Nucks shots were shooting for stars or the netting behind the net.
Bo was a beast. As was Virt. Read the stats - skip the $6M man row, because...nothing to see there.
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Not Goldy’s best game. When did we single out Goldy for praise. Anyone? Bueller?
Look at the 2nd period. The numbers. The misses. The saves. By Brossoit. Dammit.
Simple dominance by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2nd period who, if not for the excellence of their province's own Laurent Brossoit, would be walking away with this game.— Murat Ates (@WPGMurat) December 23, 2018
0-0 despite the volcano erupting in front of LB here: pic.twitter.com/h89o3zqBCa
Team Stats (Nucks giveaways are twice as many as last game - and the Jets are twice as good as the Blues or more)
The PK was a perfect 2 for 2. The PP was somewhat less than perfect, going 0 for 3.
So.... Respect your Edlers, NM. He’s at the top of the charts.
"It means a lot. It's pretty cool to be up there with guys like Ohlund and Harold." - Edler after becoming the franchise leader in games played by a defenceman in #Canucks history. pic.twitter.com/anNTdqrAvS— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) December 23, 2018
Over in the Green room it’s all about how tough it is for the refs. Because they’re not good at their jobs, Travis?
Ok, sure, the Nucks went 0 for 3 on the power play. But, really, if the refs could just make the obvious calls on the dirty plays...it could have been 0 for 6.
Brock was blindsided by Scheifele - no call. The most egregious was the non-call on the Motte mugging - blatant high stick to the face - pathetic an allegedly professional ref misses it. Code or not, that’s pure BS and it needs to stop. Last
month decade century.
The Twittersphericals were pretty happy about it too...
No call means no interruption to cheapshots.
NHL referees are by far are the most INCOMPETENT referees in the world and it's not even close. Motte got cross checked in the face and no call. The ref was right in front of the play too. @NHL #canucks— Ryan FZ (@16Fahrendholz) December 23, 2018
Incompetence makes a good living in the NHL. If you’re a Zebra.
How does Jujar Khaira get suspended 2 games for a cross check to the face, yet Motte gets cross checked in the face and there's not even a penalty? #Canucks— Balraj (@bdhillon17) December 23, 2018
That’s how the parity falls for the Nucks in the NHL. No further action will be taken.
"Tanev gently touches player with stick"— Andrew Pall (@CanucksFan1121) December 23, 2018
Ref: 2 MINUTES!
"Motte gets cross checked in the face"
Double Standards. That’s the NHL officiating gold standard.
Goalie plays it, icing.— speechy (@spe3ch14) December 23, 2018
Petterson gets tripped, no call.
Schiefle dives, no call.
Motte gets hit in the face, no call.
And yet somehow, we're the sore losers? #Canucks #NHLisrigged pic.twitter.com/bXn1tTR8lK
Yes, we’re sore. No, we’re not losers. One game loss does not a loser make. Need like 25 or 30 of those. Ask LA.
No matter. It was good game by the Canucks despite the crap game by the refs.
Marky deserved a better fate. A minute and twenty away from getting to OT and a point. He was unhappy post game - his 5 game win streak is over. Despite carrying most of the play, Marky had this to say about the accomplishment:
“We haven’t accomplished anything, we’re under .500” - Markstrom
I wouldn’t have cared if the Jets beat us 6-0. In a fairly officiated game. Burns my turnips, not to mention my rutabagas, when it’s the refs that beat us. If the refs had made the call on the Motte mugging, we’d likely have enjoyed some OT time - until Winni scored.
It’s been a shitty season of shitty reffing for the Nucks. Part of the bullshit league officiating code is that only ‘good’ teams get the calls. Bullshit. Do the [redacted] job, refs! Stop interfering with the outcome of the game! [redacted] [redacted] mother [redacted]!
And that’s the giving spirit of the season. The Canucks did manage to extend their 3rd period GA league lead. That’s something to put under the tree and piss on it.
Another positive is the Nucks broke a streak. For Winterpeg. First time this season they had no goals against. Nucks streak-breaking home service. You’re welcome.
Sure, we can say they should have buried their chances. Make no mistake, Brossoit didn’t. So happy holidays for the stopping sensation of Vancouver Island. And on the night when the refs pre-decided the outcome, the Nucks not only needed to be better than the Jets, they needed to be better than the refs. And that’s not permitted in the NHL.
Happy Dark Days of Winter! Get ready to darken the lights in the northern ROP, on the 27th. Or even better... Franny makes the boys stay home for a couple games until the NHL deems the Nucks worthy of proper officiating. Making statement games isn’t enough.
Write to your hockey Santa!
Happy Holidays NM. We will regroup after feasting on the happy thoughts of getting Sutter back after the break, where the PK can be even better than 100% perfect. It will be 200% effective!