The CoTU shifted slightly west tonight. The gravitational pull was felt from the lower mainland all the way to twitterland.
Many were keen to watch the Nucks beat the [redacted]. You know who they played and Westy reminded the game thread that name-calling was off the board.
NO naming the opponent tonight. - Westy
The Nucks started well. And won the period. On the shot count. The unnamed opponent’s goalie was wearing rabbit gloves or other special lucky puck-resistant amour.
Canucks with good pressure early
they are going to have to remember to hustle back against a quick opponent - Westy
That would become the key to game. Not yet tho. So... no worries.
The Nucks lead the visitors 11-8. On shots. Scoreboard displays a no goal tie. Unfortunate.
Time to pull the key and pocket change out of our lint-liners. Why so soon?
Good question. Let’s wait until later.
Meanwhile... after one shift, Ferlie is out for the night. Upper body injury. Mid-upper or upper-upper, we don’t know and can only hope for a lower upper body injury.
Ok, it’s 1:45 later and the Nucks lose a puck battle behind the net and can’t clear the zone. Worse... an anonymous player in a starkly white jersey fires a shot from the point that misses the net, but is captured by another anonymous player who quickly passes it out front to yet another anonymous player, wearing a stolen teenager’s
moustache peach fuzz, shovels it past Marky. Ugh.
It’s 1-0 for a team of whited-out jerseys. No, it’s not the first goal of the game the Nucks have given up. It’s the first goal of the 2nd period they’ve given up. That’s not so bad.
Or is it?
Canucks having trouble getting good shots
bad guys keeping the shots to the outside - Westy
Nucks put on the pressure, but the lucky charm goalie probably ate 2 bowls today. Of lucky puck-stopping cereal treats.
Late in the period it’s still a tie game that the whited-out visitors lead 1-0.
One goal leads, as we know, are not safe in the ROG. So there’s hope.
That faded in the last minute of the period. Again a lazy clearing play - the results of poor defensive communication or just lazy defensive play. Who can say? Other than NM’s Second Guessing Department of Blame Allocation.
So... again... it’s an anonymous shot from the point. And a former free agent anonymous player, who Tanev played against in junior, tips it past a startled Marky. Startled or disgusted.
Now the 1 goal lead is 2. For the wrong team. An unnamed team that doesn’t seem to be aware of the ROG 2 goal lead warning. Dammit.
For the 2nd period in a row, the Nucks win! The shot count 12-10. So... according to Special Hockey Relativity when divided by the coefficient of Standing-On-Head Goalie means the game is tied. In our special relativistic game-threadverse.
The Nucks are down by 2 goals and they know that means nothing much. We’ve witnessed even 3 goal leads evaporate like a quart of rum in a game thread.
The Nucks are pressuring and pushing play. And getting breakaways and odd and even man rushes and chances. Oh... the chances. That were not going in. Just ask Brock.
Because there was so much pressure, it’s time for some 4 on 5 time for the high pressure Nucks. The Nucks PK performed their usual (for this game) perfection.
Half way through the period, the game thread was
pleading taunting for divine intervention.
getting the shutout? That’s shutout, hockey jinxing gods - jimmi
Invocation answered. Quinn puts a shot right on the boring white pads. As the chaos unfolds, Leivo breaks the duck, shatters the shutout, lights the red. Sparks the faint hope.
Fifth goal in five games for Leivo! pic.twitter.com/6E8bvyV30Y— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 11, 2019
While I called Leivo for the gwg in the spw, there’s still more game winning to be done.
And the Nucks keep going for the extra-tie. But some special anti-nucks tending is still at work. According to reliable hearsay the [redacted] team’s goalie once played for the Ducks and was known then as a stingy bastard in the ROG. And in Disneyland. Scrooge McGoalie.
Yet the whited-outters are coughing up the puck like they were trying to audition for the next Nucks D opening. So many breakaways. No matter.
3 Brock breakaways! Stopped. Bo breakaway. Stopped.
Then when the tieing goal might sneak in from Hope, the anonymous visitors got setup in the Nucks zone. And not for the first time.
Worse... the former free agent who was Tanev’s junior nightmare became Bo’s nightmare. The former free agent loses Bo’s coverage. The Nucks D is allowing unscheduled space and time. Wrong time to give that guy time. Or space. Beats Marky like he could beat Marky 8 times out of 10. Or even 4 out of 5.
It’s 3-1 for the white-jerseys. Good thing this is just a practice scrum.
And worse... through out the game
some many in the ROG were chanting “Go [redacted] Go!” WTH? Who chants for an anonymous team in a practice scrum? I don’t know.
In the last couple minutes the Nucks net is empty. Nucks are playing 6 on 5 to gain the almost tieing goal.
But Miller, pulls a beer league move from behind his own net in the faint hope of getting up ice to almost tie the game. And in typical beer league fashion the move fails and the puck goes into the unoccupied net. Perhaps Miller just wanted to end the practice scrum and go get a cold one.
Doesn’t matter if the Nucks lose 3-2 or 3-1 or 4-1, as it turns out. The bummer is the loss. To the team we’re never ever meant to lose to at home. It’s true. Check the NM Charter of Home Game Rights. Section 21, clause 14 states:
Under no circumstances shall the most glorious Nucks of Nuckdom lose to the squad of anonymous opponents from the CoTU no matter the final score heretoforenotwithstanding.
And according to the charter of NM, the Nucks did not lose. In fact, they won.
The shot count 39-26.
That’s a huge and noble victory. So vastly huge and so indescribably, so indiscriminately conflicting, the league may deign to decline granting the Nucks the measly 2 points in the standings.
If you dare - listen to the 2 Johns name the team that shall not be named - go ahead and watch the highlights - with the sound off and eyes closed.
GAME STATS (Look Away)
PLAYER STATS (Skip the +/- thing)
|#||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|
The Nucks deserved to win the game. Out shot the CoTU [redacted] and for 40 minutes outplayed them. They were defeated by a hot anonymous goalie. And an anonymous $10M player. That’s not so bad.
Our 8 shot Brockstar on not scoring on any of them.
"I haven't been playing my best hockey of late, so I wanted to make this a statement game...I'll make sure I score next time I get those opportunities." - Boeser pic.twitter.com/rthAVe68LA— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 11, 2019
Over in the ‘Top Couple Games’ Green room the mood was better than it sounded.
“The outcome isn’t what we wanted, but we feel we played a full 60 and didn’t make the most of our chances. We had a lot of shots and had a lot of O-zone chances.” - Leivo— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 11, 2019
“I thought we played a heckuva game tonight, but they capitalized on their chances and we didn’t. Simple as that. Their goaltender was their best player tonight.” - Horvat— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 11, 2019
We played a really good game - I hit 2 crossbars - we had our chances, but one of those games when the puck wouldn’t go in. - Pete
When Pete doesn’t get a point, the Nucks lose. A lot. Check the record. It’s not good. So... don’t check it. This loss was tough enough, no need to feel worse. Save something for February.
It could be said that it was a great game. That ended in the worst, most horrible rotten way. Or a must-win game that wasn’t. Or a good offensive attempt without the good finish and great defensive game that actually wins games in the too-damn-close-to-parity NHL.
Toss this one on the anonymous pile of losses and burn it up. And save a little fire to burn the Canes on Thursday.