Tonight it was the famed East/West conference final. Of the 10th place teams.
Of all the winnable MUST WIN games this home tilt was marked on the NM Officially Marked As A Win Calendar. Next time the brain trust at NM Marking Command suggest using a black light marker, we need to take their crayons away.
This was a game that started pretty good. And finished pretty horrible. The good thing about this game, it comes at the end of a 4 game win streak. Or the middle of an 8 game loss streak. Whatever.
It sucks to have to play Kreskin memory refresh poker to recall the heady nights of 5 goals a game October.
Almost as much as it sucks to witness another home loss. But here it is. Lick it up, cupcake.
It’s baby steps in the ROG night. And that’s a good thing.
The Nucks start the period pretty well. Start getting pucks on Price. Not enough, of course, 50 or 60 a period would be the correct amount of chances, but still...
Lots of broken plays and stoppages.
Garrett Calling it A Game of Whistles. - jimmi
After over 15 minutes of nothing nothing hockey, something good comes our way.
The refs call a penalty on the unwelcome Tartar. Yay!
The elite 1st power-play unit hits the ice. Groans hit the game thread.
After the 1st minute of 1st unit futility passes, the 2nd unit takes to the ice. And thank Gaud, at least one young Nuck can beat Price.
Woooooooooooooo!!! Nucks gets the first goal of the game. It’s going to be ok.
If the game is stopped now. Why not? 20 minutes of NHL hockey should be enough for any hockey fan. It is for me.
Nucks outshoot le Habs 14-10. And lead the game 1-0. We’re winning. Or at least we’ve won a period! Something to build on.
Or not. The Nucks were well on their way to extending the lead. Gaud willing.
SCORES!! THAT'S TWO FOR GAUDETTE!! pic.twitter.com/GKndCyBrsq— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 18, 2019
Wooo! That’s 2 for Gaudette. 2-0 lead. Insurmountable.
But... what? Offside play? Nah... optical illusion. Video replays or coach challenges aren’t to be trusted. Or the refs. Who rule it a no goal.
Like the game thread, the Nucks media team take the ruling well.
However, the Nucks are deflated. Frustrated. Distracted. And pressing for stuff that isn’t there. Sounds like the game thread and the 2019 rumball drought.
See what happens when
you’re at rum parties and eating all the rum balls… you miss things. - Chicky
And worse, the Nucks 1st unit gets some turnover time in the ROG oven.
Power play…. so many turnovers. Could have fed the game thread for a month - jimmi
And it gets even worse. Marky gets interfered with and Montreal scores. Nooooo!
Trav challenges and wins. That’s a relief. For the Nucks and more importantly, the game thread.
But then, the real worse thing happens. The pressing turnover from Rooouse at the Habs blueline turns over into an odd man rush that burns Fantenberg and Tanev. And Marky.
As deflating as that tieing goal was, the Nucks pushback needs some pumping up, but the pump is leaking.
The Nucks pressure the shot count 15-12. But pressure Price? Not so much.
So far the Nucks have played a solid 20-30 minutes of hockey. Been a pretty close tight game. Other than too many outside, one ‘n done chances and too much time playing no-clear hockey in their own zone.
But just 22 seconds into this fresh period, Jake takes a slashing penalty. And he can’t give it back.
The Habs score. And even worse, Pearson takes a tripping penalty, so more PP time for the Habs 1 for 1 unit.
The next Habs power play uses their Shea cannon. Marky stops the cannon. But then, Shea gets sneaky and lofts the puck over a prone Marky. Or something. My eyes were hurting from all the screaming in the game thread.
How do you know the game thread is having a tough night? When Kent has to chirp in to cheer us up.
this team is so bloody, predictably mediocre
it would be hilarious if it wasn’t so depressing - Kent
It’s 3-1 for the red team. In the red ROG. It’s not fair. And the Nucks better fix the scoreboard and silence the Habs fans stat.
But they can’t. They don’t. Even sacrificing Marky to the bench gods in the last 3 minutes, your (possibly disowned) Vancouver Canucks can’t get another puck past Price. Yes, the same Price who was leaking goals a month ago like the Nucks 1st PP leaks turnovers.
And that concludes the battle of the 10th placers. East wins. West weeps.
At least the 2 Johns are back to have your weary back in the video highlights.
GAME STATS (Lotsa shots, not lotsa goals)
PLAYER STATS (again... look away)
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|#||Defense||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
Which Canucks had a good game? Gaud did. Pete, although often gravity-challenged, got some posts.
Who had a bad game? Let’s not discuss that just now. Brock, Myers, Bo, Sutter, Roouse all need to be better. They know that. But, we’re into the tight grip on the stick part of the program and that rarely helps.
Even Miller was making some careless plays - uncharacteristically. So for punishment, he faces the media.
"Earlier in the year we were scoring five goals a game, now it feels like we're working our butts off to score two. It goes like that sometimes." J.T. Miller breaks down the #Canucks current slump. pic.twitter.com/WXT1fJ085l— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 18, 2019
In the calm, muggy hot waters of the Green Room, Trav was playing some intense defence. Unlike his players.
If there was one word to describe this 4 game losing streak, it would have one long loud syllable. You can scream it at home.
Now that this must-win loss is out of the way, the Nucks must gird their girdles to prep for the likely-lose game. The Vegas house money is in the ROG to make Thursdays the worst night of the week for us.
We hope that won’t happen, because a 5 game L-streak for Xmas is not worth its heavy weight in coal. And the game thread is running low on rumballs - can’t throw more at the TV. Hopefully the sore lips from licking the remnants off the screen can heal by Thursday and the Nucks can win tomorrow. In practice.