Basky-ing in the heavy metal glow of beating the supposedly best team in the league, we or maybe just me, were somewhat unconcerned about this game in the City of Phillies. I know, why did they name a town after a gaggle of young horses while misspelling it? I don’t know. And it’s of no concern.
What we do know is that Kent, in the pre-game thread, stated the Nucks and Flyers were comparable. Or had some comparables. But were sold at a charity auction before the game. Ok, we don’t know that much.
What we definitely do know is that this is another dinner time ruined. Or work time. While being closer to an evening game than the peewee tilt in DC, it still started too soon and ended too early.
Here’s how that happened.
First some creepy foreshadowing...
Good guy Bo Horvat just wanted to give this @Canucks fan a puck, but the netting in Philly wasn't making it easy for him. pic.twitter.com/Nmblhst4fd— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 26, 2019
A Canuck having trouble getting the puck to go.
Since it’s a Monday, the Nucks Streak Department of Continuous Fulfilment was driving the bus, the zamboni into the boards.
Your Vancouver Canucks are going to perform a feat so amazing, so fantastic and rare that we’ve only seen it 7 times before this season.
Score the first goal.
With Bo and Miller hard on the puck, the forecheck, taking turnovers and a seeing ear pass from Bo, Millise pops the game wide open.
It’s the first goal of the game. The best Nucks goal of the game. The only Nucks goal of the game. Uh-oh...
Doesn’t matter. Over in the game thread, everyone is high-fiving Chicky’s latest foot wear selection.
1 million records, Cky !!!
Way to kill my buzz, Westy
I thought Jimmi is fat….lolol - ‘82
The game thread people think the weirdest things. But hockey isn’t a game of thinking. Unless you have a high hockey IQ. And the skating to match.
Because it’s zen hockey
night dinner time in the game thread, I knew the game would be too unreasonable to play the full 60 paradox.
Woooooo!!! We won the 1st period. Let’s call it a win and move on. Time saver for everyone. - jimmi
No one heard my tree of wisdom falling in the forest of NHL gate revenue.
When the Nucks have the lead after one on the road, it’s best to skedaddle off to Oshkosh or wherever the next game is on this long dark road trip of advanced statisticianing.
This period wasn’t the best period. Not the best because the Nucks were:
A) Out-played? Yes. The Nucks 5-on-5 road game has been interesting in ways that have sparked much interest in the NM screaming stats area. Or screaming about even-strength stats.
Words can’t describe how sometimes the Nucks are unable to clear their own zone. Often it feels like the old Zen koan: How many Nucks does it take to clear a puck?
Five Canucks converge on loose puck in front of Demko - puck doesn’t leave zone.
B) Out-shot? Yes. The Flyers outshoot the Nucks 17 to 4. See above.
C) Out-scored? See above. The Zen defensive koan was in effect. Not in a good enlightening way. Unless you’re Philly, then it was very effective.
Scramble play in front of Demko. Bouncing puck that bounces to Miller who springs Brock. Except the puck doesn’t go to Brock, it goes to Sean of the Philly. Who springs the puck past Demko and the game is tied 1-1.
Maybe the replay will make sense.
Nope. Still an impenetrable koan. Except to Westy.
Ugly goal against - Miller with the giveaway - Westy
If not for Demko this period would be so far beyond tied that I don’t want to talk about it. Oh well... The Canucks still got the first goal of the game and that alone is worth a road win. If the game ended after the 1st intermission.
Lesson learned about playing the full
40 20 minutes.
Except... there’s another exhausting 20 minutes to play. Often, like the NHL regular season, a game can be too long. This one is about to get longer.
Mid-3rd, still a 1-1 game thanks to saves like this from Demko.— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 26, 2019
Shots are 31-14 Flyers. pic.twitter.com/JfnbWQa2xb
Demko is still holding court. The Nucks 5-on-5 stats crew are out getting statified. Not in a good way.
While the Nucks managed to match their staggering number of shots from the 2nd - 4, there was more staggering than shooting. They were looking like a team that had drained the tank, licked the fumes and burned all the embers in DC beating the best (allegedly) team in the league.
The Bored Street Bullies out-played the Nucks for the 2nd straight period. To be fair, the periods weren’t that straight for the Nucks with all the staggering and empty koan emptying.
Finally, despite the vast number of shots the Nucks put on Hart, Braun (he plays for Philly now? it’s a mercenary league), shows what a successful pinch can look like against a no-wind-in-the-sails, no-fleet-in-the-feet, Millsie. Not that successful for our OT/SO point hopes tho.
It’s a 2-1 lead for Philly. In their own building. Most, if only me, felt it was an outrage to our 3 game road victory streak. Not our game thread super-realist tho.
And that was due - 2-1 Flyers - Westy
Now ‘woked’ and wheady, the Nucks apply pressure. Not intense game-tieing pressure, but the kind of response needed. To start the 2nd period.
Can’t win all the must-wins.
Oh well....we were in the game until the final buzzer
Cant get points in every road game
Big victory though with no injuries on Broad Street
A terrible misappropriation of the highlights by the home crew.
STATS (the meagre kind)
Ooooph. Out shot 2-1. And not enough power-plays. We need 5. Or 10. Not sure what the secret number is. Maybe they left it in Nashville.
PLAYERS (just focus on Demko’s)
|#||Forwards||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
|#||Defense||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
Going to put those stats in a boxcar and ship them off to Oshkosh for demolition. Except Demko - he can keep his .941 SV%
It’s a loss, Capt’n Bo must make sense of the goods not being enough.
"It's not good enough, we need to be consistent with our game and we need to find a way to win next game." - Bo Horvat pic.twitter.com/DYN1JTYojm— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 26, 2019
“The fact that it was 1-1 in the 3rd was awesome. We were in this one despite a bad 2nd. Demko was great. We just didn’t win enough battles. They were good and we were slow. We need to hold ourselves to a higher standard than we did today.” - Miller— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 26, 2019
Coach ‘No Legs’ Green gives a rare road scrum.
"I thought our goalie was really good for us tonight, he gave us a change to get a point on the road." - Coach Green discusses the Canucks 2-1 loss to the Flyers. pic.twitter.com/zJe4Kg9YAk— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 26, 2019
We knew these long dark nights of eastern hockey would wear the Nucks down. We saw it right during and after the 1st game’s blowout loss.
At least the Nucks didn’t get blown out. It’s a 1 goal loss. That sort of loss is a noble thing. How noble? So noble the Nucks lost dozens of games like that last season and won a noble early summer vacation for it. Only the nobility go golfing in April.
With that out of the way, the Nucks are free to play like they mean it against a former best team in the league. Set your hump-day
dinner tea time timer to 4PM PDT for a pencilled-in win as scribbled by the NM Bureau of Squiggly Score-casting.