Let’s just get this out of the way first. The Nucks didn’t score any goals. Against a team at the bottom of the tank. The Nucks didn’t score any goals.
The Nucks help the Ducks stop their 7 game losing skid. You’re welcome. FFS!
And the Nucks lead the league. With a new shitty stat. 7 times they’ve been shut out this season. FFS! Here’s the thing, we couldn’t get a goal against a team with the league worst -54 DIFF. Not a single one. FFS!
And here’s a crappy stat to dump on the pile... Nucks are 3-18-3 trailing after two... er... 3-19-3. Ugh.
And guess which last Ducks goalie the Nucks gave his 1st NHL shutout to? Gibson.
While Boyle might be the next Hart, the Nucks did not deliver enough traffic in front of the uber rookie goalie in his first NHL game. Although he’s an old timer for a rookie at age 26. He had clear view of almost every shot. And the game thread had a clear view too. And chose to close their eyes.
Going to skip the usual period-by-period recap, because it was one long period. Without a single freakin’ Nucks goal! FFS!
The almost highlight of the night.
Just keep shooting, just keep shooting, just keep shoooooooting. pic.twitter.com/sXjeoCNQXq— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 14, 2019
One of Pete’s best games - had 7 shot attempts - 4 shots on goal. And a ringer off the post and out - deafened most of SoCal. And shattered the frayed nerves left in the game thread.
The Nucks power play is gassed and last. Since January 18th the Nucks PP has been the worst in the league. 1 goal in the last 22 PP futility attempts.
Vancouver had 72 shot attempts and 35 real shots. Maybe 10 semi-dangerous ones.
The lone, so very lonely goal on Marsktrom was a fluke, as his stick was knocked out of his hand by a Nucks player who chooses to remain anonymous at this time. If Marky had kept his stick, we’d be talking about Petey winning in OTie. Or the Shooting Oout, for sure.
Here’s the Two Johns to console us with the video without a single Nucks goal.
Team Zero Stats
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Nothing good happened. Ok, a little big something good, Guds punched out Getz after Getz took a cheap shot on Virt in the first.
“We played hard. We threw a lot at them. We had opportunities. Their goalie played well. This time of year everyone is fighting for points and they got the best of us tonight. Tough one.” - Gudbranson— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 14, 2019
Still would be better to get a goal or two too...
Bo knows. Only too well.
In the steamy Green room... we heard Travis say:
“If you didn’t watch what pucks didn’t go in the net tonight, you would have been really happy with our game... That was a good hockey game by our group.”
But we did see and it wasn’t pretty. The Nucks power play sux. Worst in the league with some of the hottest shooters. Brown needs to get a new system going. With the feet moving to make the defenders work hard. The static standoff and pass approach has proved to be a failure 21 times in the last 22.
Even 7% is weak for weak beer. We can’t drink weak beer in winter. It’s the law. Of game thread drinking. The Nucks need to get the percentage up to Westy and Capt approved levels. It’s not hard. Just ferment the power play harder, better. And not longer, but sooner.
Lost Tanev on his first shift of the 3rd. He came back to the bench, skated gingerly, went back to bench and looked disgruntled. The game thread was disbelieving and kvetching.
Oh well. Just the 2nd straight terrible loss. The silver lining is....in November when the horrible loss streak ended, it was against... uh-huh, LA.
Since the Injury Faeries are back playing the music of November doom, only fair the puck faeries carry puck across the LA goal line numerous times. We need a win. Not for selfish needy clingy fan reasons, but for the remaining, possibly healthy Nucks roster to feel good about their game. Until they play SJ again on Saturday.
I’d tell you to have a Happy Valentine’s Day, but at NM, happiness is dependent on the Nucks game in LA. Being a win-sick Nucks fan is in the co-dependent section of the dysfunction spectrum - ain’t romance great?