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RECAP: Capt’n Bo Beats the Wings - Also... Nucks WIN 5-2

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Bo Scores And Scores! And Scores! Like a Real Captain Does

Vancouver Canucks v Detroit Red Wings
Bo Scorvat Gets His First NHL Hattie
Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Not many turned up for the NM game thread. Actually it was just the one. Westy had a marvellous soliloquy going for over 40 minutes. Until I interrupted him. And saved the game. And possibly the thread. That and the Boriffic game from Capt’n, our Capt’n Bo.

It was 2-0 Wings after 2. And Westy left to his own words, devices and empties painted a grim picture of this final road game. Ok, not actually the final one, dammit, but the last of this brutal eastern weirdo time zone tour.

The Nucks lost the 1st morning game because the wrong Hughes brother scored the only goal in Jersey. The very next morning in the Madison Caffeinated Gardens, the Nucks took a surprising early lead and skated (slowly) in the 3rd to victory.

So here we are. On the precipice of another road win. Or loss. For 40 minutes the pendulum of momentum was swinging high for Motor City.

Since Westy doesn’t get the recognition for his selfless game thread play-making rum-swirling talents, let’s start with his pithy play by play shot count.

1st Period

Fourth line creating pressure again

hands of stone though - Westy

Nucks powerplay fresh off a big apple in the Big Apple, were getting some good looks, but not the look Westy wanted.

I don’t understand why

Brock and Petey are on the wrong side for shooting on the PP. - Westy

I will attempt to explain. Brock ‘n Pete have been playing on their ‘weak’ side on the PP. Brown changed it up, so they play on their ‘strong’ sides. Pete and Brock have stated they prefer this new deployment and as we’ll see it pays dividends. Just not yet.

Because the 1st power play goal of the game belongs to...

5 on 3 leads to Wings goal - Westy

That meant a Wings 5-on-3 PP goal. And that meant the Nucks are behind a goal and the once perfect Nucks PK is floating back to reality. In a bad way.

We could point fingers at the players, but the real Penalty Killing Killer is our own Beggsy. Check out his expose on Nucks stats for confirmation. The Nucks were doing fine until Beggsy starts putting little word-seeds of doubt on the internet.

Meanwhile... over in Westy world, the outlook was bleak.

It will be a struggle to score a goal tonight - Westy

Marky with another breakaway save - Westy

And so on...

I said it once …the first line is getting outplayed by the Red Wings first line. They have been pinned a few times in their own end. - Westy

While the Nucks started the period strong, outshooting the Wings 7-1 early and later by 14-9, the Nucks, were without NM game thread goal support.

2nd Period

This period is the traditional comeback period for the Comeback Kids. However, 8 games does not qualify as a tradition, especially when the comeback only came in a few of those, so my statanalytics suck. At least they’re harmless fun. Unlike the Beggsy numbers.

More importantly, did Westy feel this was the comeback period?

Yes, he did.

Jake showing some feistiness - 4 on 4 play for 2 minutes - Westy

However, that feist was cut short by a JT heistiness. Got caught - took a bad penalty.

JT Miller takes a dumb penalty - Westy

And now it’s OT in little Cesar’s palace. And the Nuck 3-on-4 PK is feeling a little bit disoriented.

And give up a goal. It’s a 2-0 lead for the Wings at home. That’s not how you stage a comeback in the 2nd. How you stage it in the 3rd tho, is really good. But, I’m skipping ahead, as Westy wanted to as well.

Canucks are getting Out-skated - Out-hit - Out-played - Westy

Canucks get a PP …can this one please work? - Westy

The Answer was no - Westy

And then it happened. Period ended. Detroit outshooting the Nucks 17-11.

And more importantly to NM morale, I arrived to save Westy, the game thread and possibly the game.

Uh... That’s not the score those of us still working want to hear. Couldn’t you fluff it up a little. Down 2-1 sounds better after 2. - jimmi

I had a prefect game before you showing up - Westy

Another possible NM record stolen by insolence. Let that be a lesson to you NM game-threaders. Don’t drink and type? Don’t type out loud? Drink, don’t tpye? Nope. It wasn’t much of a lesson anyways.

The BIG lesson is about to begin. Let’s go!

3rd Period

Just 1:42 in and the new ‘strong side’ Nucks powerplay gets a goal. Thanks to Capt’n Bo.

Wooo! We’re winning! Almost.

And just a few minutes later, the Nucks are back on the Hughes powered power play and making history. Pretty much,

Wooo!!! 2nd goal for Capt’n Bo!

Game is tied! And not over. Not even close.

Because... Virt banks a shot off of Bo or a Wings defender. I’m calling Bo, because SPW advantage: me. It’s Bo’s 1st NHL Hattie! (or will be soon)

Wow! We’re WINNING! 3-2 in the 3rd. On foreign ice. In the USA. Woooo!

Is that enough of a lead? Nope. Petey wants what Westy has wanted all season. A Schaller goal. A great defensive play by Pete, creates this rush to Schaller-mania.

Holy Shit - Tim Schaller with a goal - Westy

See. It’s a sacred, holy event already. But...

And then Schaller gets another penalty - Westy

Doesn’t matter, the real Nucks PK is on the ice in the 3rd. The perfect PK we all witnessed until... Beggsy put the numbers down. On the internet.

No matter.

Capt’n Bo has a date with the much-maligned Westiny. And Hattie Heaven! Woooo!

Hattrick Horvat!!! - Westy

FIVE Goals. One Period. The 3rd period. How often has that happened in the Nucks fab 50?

6 times in franchise history. Last time was April 15, 1993. Wow! Impressive stat. See Beggsy, this is the kind of stat the NM legacy requires.

Who would have thought the Canucks would come back with 5 goals in the 3rd period?

Not me. - Westy

I did - Just as predicted. Sort of - jimmi

Check the SPW, I clocked the Nucks with 5 goals. All in the 3rd tho? Well...

No matter.

A win is a win. And what a whacky wonderful comeback win. Thank you, Motor City! Why? Because the Wings give up a massive amount of goals in the 3rd, probably the most goals in the league. At least tonight.

Let’s watch this amazing 60 40 20 minute game again.

STATS (Don’t bump your head)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Canucks
VAN
41 53% 2/5 16 17 13 7
Red Wings
DET
33 47% 2/7 12 16 13 16


Player Stats (Go Bo! And Marky!)

# 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 1 1 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 16:57 6:58 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 0 2 2 2 1 3 2 3 1 0 1 0 33 16:33 6:58 --:-- 0
17 J. Leivo 0 1 1 1 2 4 0 4 0 0 1 0 13:27 1:33 --:-- 0
18 J. Virtanen 1 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 11:24 0:26 --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 50 17:21 1:33 4:30 0
40 E. Pettersson 0 2 2 2 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 16:41 6:19 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 3 0 3 3 2 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 65 18:10 6:26 --:-- 2
59 T. Schaller 1 0 1 1 1 2 4 2 1 1 0 0 11:17 --:-- 2:28 0
64 T. Motte 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 100 15:07 --:-- 5:22 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 13:36 1:33 1:45 0
79 M. Ferland 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 9:05 --:-- --:-- 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 54 13:18 --:-- 5:43 0
# 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 1 1 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 16:57 6:58 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 0 2 2 2 1 3 2 3 1 0 1 0 33 16:33 6:58 --:-- 0
17 J. Leivo 0 1 1 1 2 4 0 4 0 0 1 0 13:27 1:33 --:-- 0
18 J. Virtanen 1 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 11:24 0:26 --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 50 17:21 1:33 4:30 0
40 E. Pettersson 0 2 2 2 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 16:41 6:19 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 3 0 3 3 2 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 65 18:10 6:26 --:-- 2
59 T. Schaller 1 0 1 1 1 2 4 2 1 1 0 0 11:17 --:-- 2:28 0
64 T. Motte 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 100 15:07 --:-- 5:22 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 13:36 1:33 1:45 0
79 M. Ferland 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 9:05 --:-- --:-- 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 54 13:18 --:-- 5:43 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
25 J. Markstrom -- 31 33 19–19 10–12 2–2 31–33 .939 0 59:59


Bo Horvatrick was the 1st star of the game. And will be tired from all the high-fiving.

No space for a Green room in Red Central, but Travis was heard to say:

“What a comeback! Wow.”

In case you were distracted by some other fancy stats earlier, the Nuck have won 3 of 4 road games on this trip. On the road no less. Just 9 games in and the Nucks sit 3rd in the Pacific. Only 9 games, but still... Woooo!

As JT Miller states (not just to Beggsy):

“Winning is fun. It really is.” It makes people stop worrying about stats or whatever it may be. When you’re winning, that’s all that matters. Everybody buys in and it feels so good.”

The team and Capt’n Scorevat get a little rest before the other red menace comes to town on Friday. Can Beagle shutdown Ovi? Can Petey please get on the Hattie Scope? Can we be Quinning more regularly on the PP? Sure.

Hang onto your high hopes, don’t let them get out of hand. But still... Woooooooooooo!