First the good news.
Now, the bad news.
We’re #1 in shutouts.
In being shutout.
Tonight, the Nucks claimed...er... reinforced their league lead by getting shutout for the 8th time this season. Also the 8th shutout for the Isles. As in getting the winning side of the shutout, 8 times. Wonder what that feels like?
As good as holding a #1 stat in the league.
This couldn’t happen at a better time. Because... the Canucks have lost the gritty most penalty minutes mantle. The Nucks are stuck high-sticking it in 3rd place. Does Rous know?
In the not so good news, seems when Pete doesn’t get a point in a game, the Nucks don’t get a goal. When Nucks don’t get any goals, they set league records! So...that’s good.
Also good, was Goldy. Had a great game. Played really well on both ends of the rink. If Goldy had scored would have been removed from the NoGoldie list by the southern hockey hemisphericals.
So... what was the best part of this game? The best part is that it’s over.
How was the first period? Let’s skip to the
2nd 3rd Green room.
The Nucks outshot the Isles 15-11. The Nucks were outscored 2-0. It’s not fair!
Do you want to see that first goal that demonstrates to many Canucks forwards the importance of shooting the puck high over the goalie? Or a lucky wedge shot? Or fluky pucky? Whatever.
The next Isles goal was 6 on 5 from a delayed PP for LittleHoldingThings. Not delayed long enough.
So, down 2-0 to the best team in the Metro. Is that so bad?
Pretty much. Except the Canucks came out looking to tilt the ice. Bend goalposts to their will to score at will. And not allow any goals against. 1 out of 3 is pretty good.
The Canucks owned this period - or a very good 20 minute rental. Out-chanced, outshot the best in the Metro 15-3.
The Nucks also had 3 power plays that were going post to post to mask. And out. Or over.
Turn on the red light! And leave it on!
And then the Nucks team Tweeterinas made an unforced error - a brutal breach of protocol.
#Canucks outshooting the Islanders 8-2 in the 2nd. Chances galore. Hit the post and had the puck rolling on the goal line. THEN ANOTHER POST. C'mon Hockey Gods...— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 24, 2019
It’s well known in the ‘code’ that the hockey gods do not respond well to pathetic pleas for help on social media. Rookie mistake. That probably cost the Nucks the game right there.
Despite holding the edge in play, the Nucks were still 2 goals behind the Isles. Thanks to @CanuckleHeads.
So...is going into the 3rd down 2 worse than going into the 2nd down 2?
Yes. Yes, it is.
Why worse? Because... 2:34 in, a counter rush rushes into your zone and scores on Marky with a pretty passing play. Pretty passing plays that score. They’re much prettier when executed by the home team.
No worries. Because the Nucks are determined to not allow another goal on Marky. Mission accomplished.
As the refs and evil hockey gods would have it, the Nucks get a faint hope power play with 5 minutes to go. The first minute of the power play is frittered away as per the frittering bylaws of 4 goals in 58 man ‘advantages’.
Finally, the Nucks pull Marky for the always-successful 6 on 4 gambit. It succeeds in disproving the always-successful claim. Dammit.
No matter. Marky is on the bench anyhow as the penalty expires. 6 on 5 is just good as 6 on 4. Except when it isn’t.
To finish off the game and most likely the last shred of a 83+ game season, the Isles score an EN.
And because the statsmen want to hurt our feelings when we’re numb, they claim the Isles outshot the Nucks 9-6 in the period. Don’t believe it.
The most important stat is the Nucks outshot the Islanders 36-23 in the game. The boys can shoot. It’s the finish and puck luck that needs some more development.
Instead of puck luck, we get the lucky 2 Johns on a Saturday.
Glenn Healy was the last goalie to shutout the Canucks back in a previous century. Now Lehner holds that honour. Better Lehner than Healy. So... that’s another Nucks improvement this season.
Not everyone was quite as thrilled with getting shutout again.
“Frustrating. It’s tough when you have that many chances and can’t score. We needed these points. We’re trying to stay in the hunt here. We’re not getting the job done.” - Horvat— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 24, 2019
Flat Line Stats
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Marky did his usual great Marky part. Although his SV% took a savage beating. As did the out-matched Nucks.
How frustrating is it for an Alien to be stuck on an earthling hockey team?
Over in the Green room, it’s pure gold.
And that’s likely the end of the stretch run. The Faeries work is done. Can we trade them at the TDL?
Nucks have won 6 of 24 without Eddie. It’s not that Eddie is a stud D-man, although he’s had a pretty good year, it’s also that Tanev is out too. The depth of the Nucks D is measured in microns, too fine to see with the human eye. Except when Poolie and Guddy are on the ice.
The 2-6-2 record of the last 10 could be demoralising. In a normal season. Despite the Faeries, the abysmal Nucks PP and snakebitten shooters, the Nucks are still in the 6th seed locale. Just inconveniently located 5 kliks.. er points away from 2nd level seed greed.
With 20 games remaining a miracle comeback into the bonus land of owner revenue is still mathematically possible. Or there’s a fancy chance math method that could still mean Jack.
Either way, there’s much to play for. Or lose for. Or win for. Or pick 5th for.
Enjoy the last day before the media feeding frenzy on TDL Monday. Probably doesn’t matter too much to the Nucks. Except it’s the same day they have to face some (un)lucky Ducks who need a 3 game losing streak to balance the leathernecking derby.
Enjoy a sunny Sunday under cloudy skies and don’t forget to trade big on Monday.