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RECAP: Nucks Get a Point! Lose Game 4-3 to Yotes in OT

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Close Game Was Closer Than It Appeared

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Boes Gets in Net. Puck Doesn’t
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Winnable Game. Just required some effort out of the starting blocks faceoff. However, after that gruelling 4 day stretch of rest and practice, the stretch needed more gruel. Or practice. Oh...and a little kick in the pants at the War Room would have been good for kicks too.

Granted, this game was against the worst team in the division. To play fun-to-watch-hockey against. The Yotes aren’t clutch and grab as so much as clog and slog style. I’ll admit it, I don’t like to watch Yotes hockey games.

Lucky for many in the western hemisphere, the NHL/Sportynet cabal transpired to make the game even more unwatchable using technical jamming tricks from the Empire arsenal. The live TV feed was clogged and slogged to match the desert dog hockey style. The SNP feed was pretty much unwatchable.

Still... even with the Peteless roster, there was an expectation the Nucks would open at home with a fast, high pressure shock wave of offence. Or at least lots of shots. Expectation: it’s disappointment served prematurely.

1st Period

Worst first of the year? The Nucks have experienced some pretty terrible firsts, but this was first of the worst in a very long time.

How bad was it? If you have to ask... better not to ask.

There was but 4:28 left before the Nucks had their first shot on goal.

The good news was that Nucks followed up with another 4 shots before the period ended with the count 7-5 for the Yotes.

Can the Nucks get enough rest in the intermission to play with more purpose?

2nd Period

That’s a good question. The good answer is maybe. But first, since the first is out of the way, we need to be reminded of D-problem.

We don’t. But Tanev makes a bad clearing attempt. Worse, he loses his check behind the net. And out front, it’s not any better as Guds is wandering something that we dare not wonder about.

So this happened: (apologies to NucksNation for the P-by-P - up here Fox doesn’t cover hockey - and we’re forever grateful)

The Empire strikes first. 1-0 for the Yotes. Great road game. For them.

Since this is Star Wars co-branding night in the ROG, a little redemption from the ragtag rebel scum is part of the storyline.

Tanev picks off a pass at his blueline and sends a pass up ice to the Empire zone where Sven Skywalker dangles around and through the Empire’s first round defender. And scores a direct hit on the battlestar net.

Tie game. The Nucks would be Tie Fighters all night, just to keep the thematic tension high.

Because the First Order have seized control of the War Room. Their misjudgements are enough to give you Sithilis.

We know this, because the play that goes up ice to score, should never have happened as Goldy was mugged by an Empire stormtrooper in the o-zone.

The Yotes get a free pass on a free kick in the paint. WTF?!

Green protested - but because the league’s bizarre rules state he can only protest for goalie interference, the goal stands and the league kicks us in the Nuckles. Again.

2-1 Empire of Desert Dogs.

Fine. The Rebel Scum will have to play the usual way. Play against two opponents.

Our young Padawan, using his Gaud-given hockey powers makes the Empire pay on a rebound from a Babba the Hutt point shot.

Tie Fight won. It’s 2-2.

We win the period. On the fair and legal goal scoreboard. The NHL doesn’t use that board. At least the Nucks won the phaser shot battle - 14-6.

So, this star-warred battle must begin again in a period of galactic proportions. If the galaxy was 200 feet long and filled with cross-branding banners.

3rd Period

There’s an old saying in this barely mid-life Nucks season. I don’t recall it exactly, because it’s so old, but it has become a GA 3rd period meme in some dingy sectors of NucksNation.

To keep the GA 3rd period meme strong and keep its lead, the Nucks forwards (yes, including the young pada-Gaud) and the Guds himself let this happen:

Again - apologies for the Empire’s spokesmouths...

The Empire has struck back and bestowed our well-liked (and loathed) Guds the honour of being on the ice for 7 of the last 8 goals against. Even the coach will have something to say about the Guds/Hut pairing - and it’s not good.

Fine. The Empire is crushing the rebellion in its home base.

It’s up to the second to last Jedi to get his second tally on this galactic night.

Only a few minutes left and nothing will stop the rebel scum from rescuing a point from the heavy-breathing desert vaders.

Nucks outshoot the Empire 14-8 in the 3rd. 36-22 in the game.

OT

Without Pete to lead the fleet, chances were slim when the Empire chose to strike back. And so it was... the rebellion was crushed with a Panik shot that panicked the ROG Force to the core of cross marketing gamesmanship.

Stats from the Battle of the Bottom

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Coyotes
ARI
22 40% 0/2 4 21 16 3
Canucks
VAN
36 60% 0/2 4 23 11 4


The Alliance Stats

# Forwards GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
6 B. Boeser 0 0 0 0 -2 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 23:18 3:32 --:-- 0
18 J. Virtanen 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1 0 1 14:34 0:28 --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 68 16:28 --:-- 1:13 0
21 L. Eriksson 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 11:57 0:58 1:59 0
26 A. Roussel 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 13:57 --:-- 0:46 0
47 S. Baertschi 2 0 2 2 2 6 0 6 2 0 1 0 19:41 3:02 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 0 0 0 0 -2 6 0 6 0 1 0 0 64 24:35 3:32 --:-- 0
60 M. Granlund 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 16:08 0:28 2:01 0
64 T. Motte 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 10:32 --:-- --:-- 0
77 N. Goldobin 0 0 0 0 -2 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 14:26 3:00 --:-- 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 60 12:08 --:-- 2:01 0
88 A. Gaudette 1 0 1 1 1 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 33 10:37 1:00 --:-- 0
# Defense GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
5 D. Pouliot 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17:14 --:-- --:-- 0
8 C. Tanev 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 2 21:42 --:-- 3:13 0
23 A. Edler 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 4 1 0 0 1 23:47 3:36 1:13 0
27 B. Hutton 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 19:10 0:24 0:47 0
44 E. Gudbranson 0 0 0 0 -2 1 0 1 4 1 0 0 20:35 --:-- 2:47 0
51 T. Stecher 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 2 17:41 --:-- --:-- 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
25 J. Markstrom -- 18 22 16–20 2–2 0–0 18–22 .818 0 64:10



The Bo-Boes-Goldy line delivered all zeroes on the stat line. (Goldy did get a -2 +/-, so that’s a non-zero exception). Does Travis put the Sven back on the triple-B line until Pete heals?

Video recap from the proper hockey hockers...

NPM? New Pad Marky? Marky was trying some new pads and while he was good, didn’t look as comfortable as in recent games. His .818 SV% will not spark legends of puck-stopping defiance tonight.

Was it a bad game almost won. Or a good game pretty much almost lost. Who knows?

It was a game that was pencilled in as a win by those still dreaming of defeating the deathstars of probability - possibly to receive a chalice from the Emperor.

Will losing a point be a talking point on the golf greens of West Van in late April? Who knows. Most golfers make walking look tedious and boring - talking win/loss hockey philosophy while fighting the yips is a task best left on the green.

Better to hear the voice of Gaud.

Our revitalised Sven Skywalker was at one with the media force.

Over in the Green room, the smouldering wounds of Empire officiating would ignite the light sabres of indignation.

Star Wars movies have received some pretty brutal critiques from reviewers. Star Wars cross-branding hockey games can’t expect better treatment.

It was a chance to score a couple easy points against a team ranked lower in the galactic order. Perhaps if our ragtag rebels had three Petes or at least a couple Mandolarian armour suits for the defence, this home opening would have conquered our fears of hockey standing mediocrity.

The Nucks current goal diff of -16 does not bode well for the statistical supremacy of the wet coast hockey alliance.

Oh well. You win some, you lose a lot. Doesn’t matter.

What does matter is the next home game. It matters because it offers some closure. The Floridian hockey cats are in the ROG on Sunday at 4 PM PDT. The day of mathesonic reckoning is almost here.

Will Pete play in the game? Will the Nucks respond with a simmering urgency that three months on the back burner can inspire? Who knows.

What we do know is that the Nucks are now in the easy part of the hard part of the season. At home - well rested and well practised, the Canucks have a chance to win at least one game this month. Maybe more.

Until then, have a weekend filled with a new hope. Or fresh reruns.