Welcome to LA LA Land. It’s the first game of the once dreaded SoCal threesome. The Cali hockey mafia are getting old and slow. We know that. The Nucks know that. But does that team know that?
In the SPW thread, Atty states he’ll be at the game. Live and reporting directly to the game thread. Well... not directly. Expect he’ll hand in his official NM game notes within the calendar month. The great plays he’s going to see (or did) makes me envious. Not envious enough to live in LA, but still...
First the, bad news. LA gets the first goal.
Then the good news, bad news. Ferland takes on Clifford using the Ferliecuffs. Westy liked that.
I think that’s the first time Ferland did something I actually liked. -
Then we found out that Ferlie was sent to dressing room for some bad news faery time. And didn’t return to the game. Ugh.
Injury Update: Micheal Ferland suffered an upper-body injury and will not return tonight.— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 31, 2019
Sucks, but all’s fair in faery season, which has arrived only 9 months too early.
The sloppy Kings take another penalty. Wrong night to get on the wrong side of the Nucks PP. Hughes and Pete present the ingredients, Brock serves the heat.
But wait. It gets even better. That Kings defenceman takes a penalty. Before he can adjust his pout in the penalty box, Hughes fires a rocket than Bo tips past Quick. Quinn’s shot also breaks Bo’s stick. Oh well, our Capt’n probably has his captain’s quarters filled with spares.
The Kings early lead has left the building. Atty stayed tho. Pretty sure. The Nucks carry a one goal lead into the room.
Spotting a trend early, the Nucks outshoot LA 15-8 after one period.
While the Nucks really are carrying the play, the Kings get a lucky power play goal mid period.
It’s all tied up and the Poopsi center fans have a little life and hope.
Pete gets what appears to be a spear from Carter. Pete is angry and flattens Martinez into the boards.
Then an angry Alien pass to Brock crushes LA’s hope into the boards. Great fake from Brock gives the Nucks the lead and Quick nightmares.
The Nucks have the lead, the momentum. The Kings have another penalty to end the period.
The Nucks pepper Quick with 21 shots. Kings barely salted Marky with 7. Could have been 8-2 after 2, if not for the Quickness.
The period starts with the deadly Nucks power play. And in the last 15 seconds of the man advantage, Brock puts a shot off that Kings defenceman’s skate. A skate placed not to defend, but to ensure a BrockTrick. Poetic shot justice or what.
Meanwhile, the Kings do what they do - take another dumb penalty. This time it was Lewis who had to watch from the box as Pete made Quick look old and slow.
With Alien time and space, EP makes a bar down shot that has Quick checking his planetary status.
It’s another Nucks PP goal! 4 for 6 on the night. 66% effective on the power play? Yes. Unlike last game, with points for everyone, it’s why only the top 5 guys are on the scorecard. And weirdly enough, Miller didn’t get a goal. But did get a point. On the power play.
There was scrappy play by the Nucks as the Kings pressed for the moral equaliser goal. Which they got, thanks to scrappingness. However, the Nucks still win! 5-2 instead of 8-2. Wonder how that guy likes that?
Nucks outshoot the toppled Kings 49-24. And if it weren’t for some Quick reflexes it could have been 12-3.
The beauty of this win? The star players on the starlit power play came through brilliantly. This new faster, very new looking Canucks have many ways to win games. I like that. A lot.
Highlights? Yes, there were.
STATS (From A Team Like That)
49 Nucks Shots! Season High. So far.
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Marky is probably happy with the win - his .875 SV% was lower than Quick’s .898. That’s what happens when you out shoot that team 49-24.
4 point night for Pete - a goal and 3 assists. Brock with the hattie. Quinn with 3 points. Just like we all
expected hoped for in our summer dreaming.
There’s lots of ways that our team just like that can make hockey fun again in NucksNation.
Capt’n Bo comments on that comment.
A happy Brockstar is worth a hat trick of smiles.
No room on the road for the Green Room, but Travis is pretty happy about the power-play.
“It’s as good as we’ve seen it, and they’re learning, making subtle changes so it’s good to see.” - Coach Travis Green comments post game on the #Canucks power-play unit.— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 31, 2019
That’s game one of the SoCal tour out of the way and 3 points in the bag. 3? Yes, because 2 points in the USA is like 3 in Canada. It’s an exchange rate thing that Westy will explain later using rum and roulette metaphors.
Next up, the Nucks play a gang of quackers in Disneyland on Friday. Those quacks are 5 and 5 in their last 10 games. Unlike the division’s 2nd ranked team who are 8-1-1 in their last 10. Can we predict another exciting power-play driven Nucks offence? Or 4 line scorefest? Or big backend bonus scoring?
Why not all of the above. Hang onto your Halloween candy, NM, the new Nucks are treating us to the best Canucks hockey we’ve seen in a decade.