Welcome Back, NM! A NEW season! 10 NEW players! Lose by 1 goal. Same old same old.
It’s only the first game, so we can’t be too critical of the Nucks. Well... Westy and Kent can. But still... I’m not here to whine and complain about losing the first game of the season to one of our bitter rivals in the dark dank western basement.
What I may complain about is letting our former Kassquatch run around taking cheapshots all night without an answer from Ferlie or others. Oh...and letting Kass get an easy goal. Or watching Sutter impersonate LittleThings with step-behind play. Speaking of LittleThings... let’s talk about Big Things first!
The start of the game was delayed. Not actually delayed delayed chronologically - but delayed cringe-ologically. I never want to watch an Oil home opener ever again.
Eventually the home team finished with thanking all the great-great-great greatness that oozes out of the Rogers Place anytime the mic is on.
The 1st Nucks road period of the season opened as we expected. With a character-building setback. And an Oil lead.
From there on, the Nucks were the better team. And bulged the twine 5 times before the period ended. Or... bulged the twine in the eyes of the NM gamethread. Whatever. It’s only the first game against a lower ranked team. Or they were until this game
Doesn’t matter. What matters is the period ended and we are 20 minutes further away from the dreadful Oil home opening ceremonies. Which I slept through. And will again on the PVR edition.
Canucks are leading the come-from-behind strategy 0-1 while also actually leading on the shot count 12-9.
Cue the comeback! We’re ready for it. We’ve only been waiting 5 or 6 months...
Here’s where our 2019-2020 Cup Run begins. On the power play. Or 1 second after. And with honorary assist to McD’s helmet. How poetic. A new NHL rule helps the Nucks.
Wooo! The omens are boding. Eddie draws the 1st goal of the Nucks infantile season. Vets first. Then the kids get on the board. Not in this game, of course, because the vets need more time to do vet stuff which takes more time. And money. Lots more money.
Still... it’s a tie game and everything to play for. And if it counts on the shot clock, it counts that the Nucks won 9-6. That’s even better than a tie. Almost.
Here it comes. The Rog Place is quiet and filled with foreboding. Orange is the colour of foreboding in many hockey cultures.
The Nucks are pressing. Putting pressure on the puck and gamethread nerves. Many have complained that last season’s (and many seasons before) team didn’t get enough scoring from the back end.
Not anymore. All the goals are from the D. Welcome the 1000 mpd Tyler Myers blast!
So sweet of the league and the broadcasters to give the goal to Tyler. Good omen for the new D. Except... it was Tanner Tipp-it Pearson who made Tippet unhappy.
Pearson deserved this. Frustrated by Mr Smith so many times earlier. Believe it or not, NHL shot-counters credited Tanner with 11 shots in the game. More than Schaller will get all month.
It’s a solid Nucks 1 goal lead with barely half the period to play. This team is not last year’s team. This new, improved Nucks team aren’t fooling around. No, siree, this fully rebuilt, recently reloaded and ready-to-rock Nucks are going to win more 1 goal games than they lose. Just not yet.
Because Nucks luck is still a thing, the refs miss a call on Smith who grabs Pearson’s stick and keeps it as payback for the tip. With no call and no stick, Tanner heads to the bench. The Oil head up the ice. With no one covering Kass, he gets a hot pass from DySaddle and puts a hot shot past Marky who had no one covering for him.
The Rog Place is in the happy place. NM gamethread is in the other place. We know that place. Every stinking square, stinky centimetre of it.
No matter. It’s a tie game. The Nucks are the better team. Everyone knows that. Even the game thread. Sort of.
In fact, Sutter is so confident of the overwhelming Nucks superiority that he doesn’t even need to play good defence, like skating the puck out of his zone. Instead he can send a weak clearing pass up the boards. It’s not like the Oil have the best skating, best player in the game.
Oh wait. They do. McD speeds into the zone and drives through Huges and Tanev and drives the puck through Marky. Pretty goal. Pretty ugly goal if you’re the Nucks.
Hughes got a lot of minutes in the game. And was pretty effective defending against McD, using his quick stick to knock the puck away. Almost knocked it away on this game winning rush. Almost.
I know. You’re thinking the Nucks can comeback again, right? Sure. They get lots of extra O-zone time. But, how many times have the Nucks comeback against a Tippet-coached team in a one goal game? It’s ok, I’ll wait...
Oh well... It’s just the first game of the season and we’re all so excited about the new guys and having the highest paid 4th line in hockey gives you the kind of decadent bragging rights that Mr. A loves to tweet about.
The Nucks for the 3rd straight period in this brand new season win the shot clock contest again, by 12-7. Impressive. And so
What about Pete and Brock, jimmi? Where’s their scintillating passes and goals? They’re in the future - where they are safe from missing nets and bad timing.
Want to watch it again, without the excruciating opening ceremonies? Here you go.
Enjoy the loss covered by the loss of the 2 Johns
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11 Shot Tanner had to feel good about his game, unlike...well... some others...
"There was a couple minutes we'd like to have back and that's the way this league goes, those minutes can cost you the game." Tanner Pearson gives his take on the #Canucks loss in Edmonton. pic.twitter.com/WTIlWocxeR— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 3, 2019
Coach ‘Good Things’ Green getting disheartened early in the season.
"First road game of the year, we did a lot of good things, it's disheartening that we didn't get a point out of it." - Coach Green pic.twitter.com/S8sQOFnJc6— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 3, 2019
At least that’s over with. Getting the first loss of the season early bodes well for the later losses of the season. How is that? I don’t know, so let me explain it.
Last season the worst team in the first half of the season went on to win the Cup! I’m not making it up. The NHL did.
For years, we’ve seen teams follow the example of other Cup winning teams, Big Boy LA hockey, Need-4-Speed-And Skill teams. If what I’m seeing from the Canucks Secret Season Strategy High Command is correct, we’re in for a treat.
In January. Not now or the next 20+ games. Doesn’t matter. String enough losses together and everyone ignores you. Even the Faeries (Pretty PLEASE!) .
Then when the Nucks and their disheartened fans (redundant, I know) have been tossed down the stairs of standings despair enough times, the magic rises to the top. Can’t predict what kind of scoring streaks, big winning streaks or one goal win squeaks we’ll witness. But, rest assured, this season will be different than the last 4 seasons of big honking bunches of one-goal gut-busting losses.
The only trick is the comeback streak needs to start early in 2020. Ripping it up in March after losing too much from October to February isn’t enough. Mathematically or emotionally.
So... take this loss as a good omen. The power play is still as ineffective as last season. Nucks can’t keep a lead in the 3rd. Lose a game by one goal. See? Good omens.
The Nucks are going to sandbag their way to Cup glory after 50 years of futility. Exxxciting!