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RECAP: NUCKS Win! 2 Regulation Goals - Lose 4-2 in the Tank

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Nucks Lose the MUST-WIN Storyline. At A Bad Time

Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks
The Puck Is In The Dell
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

After that historic high low no scoring in regulation game at home, we had hoped that it would carry that legendary momentum into SJ. We hoped wrong. Or not hard enough. Regardless of our hopes, the Nucks were hoping for less goals and more Marky.

Or so it seemed to start.

1st Period

In possibly the worst start of a road game of this year month, the Nucks were sluggish out of the gate. Or is that pressure hatch in the tank? I don’t care.

Perhaps it was the jet lag flying so far to a far away city in the same time zone. Maybe they thought Marky was due for a 2nd consecutive shutout. Maybe I’m over thinking the stinking sinking feeling when the Sharks get the first goal in the Tank.

Since the Nucks hadn’t had a fire drill practice on the road recently, why not use the practice on the one of the best passers in the game? And why not give Quinn a sub-standard stick that breaks at the worst possible moment?

I’ll tell you why. In the fooked-oop spilled coffee table edition of the Cynic’s Top 100 Curse Words You’ve Never Heard (And Don’t Want To). Available everywhere. For Xmas. 2020. Or so. FFFS.

You’d think after giving up the first goal of the game, for the 21st time in 33 games, the Nucks would simply simplify their game.

Clearing the puck out of your own zone. It is the toughest thing to do in hockey. Next to scoring goals in regulation.

For the Sharks, with a one goal lead, clearing their zone was the easiest thing to do. Especially when they killed 2 consecutive over the glass penalties. The league’s 2nd 3rd 4th best PP was giving a great impression of the 24th best power-play.

Thankfully this period of no Nucks scoring ended with the Nucks only getting outshot 12-7.

The game thread was happy to point out the obvious.

Not to put too fine a freakin’ point on it!

but the Nucks haven’t scored a goal in over 80 minutes of regulation hockey. FFS! - jimmi

2nd Period

Ok, one lousy period per game is just bad puck luck on the road.

No it’s not. The Nucks are saving the bad puck luck for later.

The Nucks start the period on the power-play and the Sharks finish killing it.

We’re back to 5 on 5 action. And the Nucks are pressing. Getting chances. And the game thread is taking notes and making noise.

oh look Nucks get some zone time. The good kind - jimmi

it looks like they were on the power play without being on the power play reminded me of the Sedins a bit, where they just never let the other team have the puck - radivel

With all those pleasant thoughts flowing through the game thread, TV screens across NucksNation were safe. For the moment.

Just as the period was closing, Sutter, freshly back from being on extended faery playcation, just missed a chance to tie the game. TV screens across NucksNation felt a little uneasy.

Like the game thread.

How much more bad luck can Sutts be lucky at ...i mean really

What has he done to deserve this treatment - ‘82

That’s a foundational question for the ages. It gives me a mental hernia just thinking about it.

Good news though. While it appeared the Sharks would break their 6 game losing streak, the Nucks were keeping theirs. Now over 100 minutes WITHOUT a regulation goal. WTH?!

Still... with a much better effort, the Nucks outshoot the Sharks 12-7. Only a period later than required.

3rd Period

To start the period, Nucks Media Command issued a Quinning pick-me-up for Nucks fans not feeling too good about the no reg goals in over an hour of hockey.

There. Don’t you feel better?

Me too.

And even better, we all lose our shitty little store-bought rum balls as the wrong Myers Meir makes it 2-0 Sharks on an odd man rush.

Oh FFS!!!

This is all on Chicky. No rum balls. No goals - jimmi

Possibly not all on Chicky, there’s 20 plus something 20 something players on the Nucks that may or may not be involved.

While all the good rum was drank last game, there’s still some festiveness left in the Tank. The good kind. Not that cheap local teal knock-off stuff.

What we need is a hockey Gaud to breakout out of the zone. And we do. And a Jake to break the regulation goal drought. And we do! It’s a Xmas miracle on ice!

It’s only a one goal game! Like the other 40 minutes of it.

There’s 10 minutes to play. Plenty of time for the Nucks to score the tieing goal. Even if took 48 minutes to almost tie.

The Nucks keep pressing and the Sharks keep absorbing. And holding. Stetch. An unexpected bonus, since the refs have missed the first half dozen holds and gropes on the Nucks.

To the Power Play!

Everyone in the game thread and their cheap store-bought rum balls were certain the league’s 4th best PP would score.

Almost everyone.

holy crap

how many super lucky bounces can the Sharks get in one power play! - radivel

Because it’s HNIC or Cali legal ordinance 51, all the good puck luck belongs to SJ. The Nucks get the leftovers.

The nothing for 3 PP gets nothing. The game thread gets their false hopes pinned under the weight of groans.

And time is running out. Which is weird because time has been around for almost 14 billion years and there’s plenty more to come. Just not enough allocated for the comeback kids happy Xmas story book.

So... with a few minutes to go and assuming Marky’s shutout isn’t coming back, Green decides to pull Marky, our best goalie - swaps him for 6 bad goalies.

While the plan might have been to get the 6 on 5 goal, the Sharks seal the teal with a 5 on 6 EN goal.

It’s 3-1 Sharks with less time remaining than ever before in the game to close the 2 goal deficit. Doesn’t matter.

The game maybe out of reach, but the push is still going. At least the kids can get another goal. And Capt’n Bo can atone for his giveaway night in the Tank.

Woooo!!! We win an almost tie with 30 seconds to go. Just enough time for another goal. Another EN goal.

What started badly, finished on a high medium low peak. Nucks push back in the final period, but there’s not enough regulation time to properly bust the regulation goal scoring drought with 4 or 5 goals.

Nucks win period shot count 16-8.

It’s a hockey cliche - playing from behind is not the way to win. Nucks have lots of experience proving it. Can’t win the game in the 1st. However, does seem possible to lose it.

Oh well... something better is promised us. To the future and beyond!

Meanwhile... here’s the 1 John highlights from HNIC.

GAME STATS (Don’t look at the minus)

35 63% 0/3 6 11 11 7
27 38% 0/2 8 13 20 10

PLAYER STATS (Don’t look at the minus)

6 B. Boeser 0 1 1 1 -2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 100 21:38 4:57 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 0 0 0 0 -2 4 0 4 1 0 2 2 77 21:30 4:38 0:08 0
17 J. Leivo 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 16:28 0:51 --:-- 0
18 J. Virtanen 1 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 11:28 --:-- 0:09 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 10:28 0:12 2:01 0
26 A. Roussel 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 11:08 0:44 --:-- 0
40 E. Pettersson 0 0 0 0 -2 4 0 4 1 1 0 0 20:45 4:57 0:08 0
53 B. Horvat 1 0 1 1 -1 4 0 4 0 0 3 0 65 21:09 4:57 --:-- 0
59 T. Schaller 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 8:34 0:12 1:10 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 17:12 1:10 1:24 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 70 8:36 0:12 1:51 0
88 A. Gaudette 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 17 12:33 0:51 --:-- 0
4 J. Benn 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 14:42 --:-- 2:49 0
5 O. Fantenberg 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 2 0 0 0 17:34 0:18 1:11 0
8 C. Tanev 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 16:47 0:12 2:37 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 1 1 1 -1 3 0 3 0 2 1 1 27:00 4:58 --:-- 0
51 T. Stecher 0 0 0 0 -1 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 14:56 --:-- 0:49 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 3 0 2 0 0 22:43 0:51 0:34 0
25 J. Markstrom -- 23 25 19–21 4–4 0–0 23–25 .920 0 58:49

Look at Quinn’s ice time. 27 minutes! For a rookie! Is that sustainable? Ask Travis.

Also... notice that Pete didn’t get a point. Do I need to remind you what happens when Pete doesn’t get a point? No? Good.

It’s a road loss, so Capt’n Bo goes on the radio. Now with moving pictures!

The Road Green Room wasn’t available for a sweet tweet - but Travis admitted he was cranky about that 1st period.

We don’t have confirmation, but we allegedly heard from a Tank janitor’s 2nd best friend, who may or may not have been at the game, that Trav may petition the league to start the rest of the games of the season with the 2nd period. If that doesn’t go well, then it’s 20 minutes of hockey. Further on down the weak end of this homemade rumour it’s believed he would prefer to start all future games in OT. Solves both roster issues and any future regulation goal droughts.

Our former 43-goal-saving SO’er is ready for the next save. Right now, if need be.

Not enough time to fire everyone. Or anyone. Which is good. Because we somehow believed that this .500 team would go on a 6 to 10 game winning charge. Some of us. Maybe it was just me. Nah...

There is a way to get out of San Jose and the Nucks found it. Takes them to Vegas, Baby! We won there last season. At a steep cost. This year, we hope there’s a discount rate for forlorn Snow Rainbirds.

It’s the 2nd MUST-WIN game in this MUST-WIN B-2-B road series. And win they must. 5pm PST start, so snack early at the free-for-all all-you-can-eat NM home buffet. Because home is where the food is. And wins are where the must starts early in the first.