After the worst [redacting] in years and years, you, me and the NM Committee For Bouncy Bouncy predicted a bounce back statement game from the young Nucks.
What we got was a deflated, mistake-prone revisiting of the bad games of November. 2018.
Interestingly... we at NM despise Floridian hockey and its winning NHL teams, JB and the Nucks braintrust must love the gator state. They had a meeting there this week with the Nucks ‘prospect scouts’ and golf pros up and down the state. That revelation is sick as f***. I want to cheer for a team that takes player development seriously - meeting in seriously cold places like northern Ontario or Sweden. Or the game thread’s heart.
Spoiled execs having exec meetings at Mara Largo is not what hockey fans want to know about.
I’m not going to sugar-coat this freakin’ [redacted] poor [redacted] excuse for [redacted] pushback. It was terrible - in some ways worse than the reason for all the [redacting].
With that out of the way we can review how the [redacted] shit went so bad so fast before you can say Sloppy Hockey.
Sloppy Hockey. A minute in and the Cats are up 1-0. On a sloppy and unlucky misplay by Quinn. Instead of making the safe play up the boards, he passes out front to no one, but a Cat skate that deflects the puck to another Panther and it’s a goal.
Still we’re not going to criticise our phenom. But we will mutter unspeakable things.
Two minutes later the Nucks are pressing. Deep in South Beach. Nary a Nucks D-man to be seen. Pete is playing D in the middle of nowhere. 3 Cats breakout and Eddie gives chase - like a bloodhound determined to follow the trail. At a respectful distance. Pete chases his guy like he’s wondering why the ice is so much longer in Florida. Demko is left to face a
3 4 on 1. The facing is settled with a center ice faceoff.
Oh well... down 2-nothing 3 minutes in isn’t so bad.
Besides, those defensive lapses aren’t a trend. Maybe a bad habit, but we’re not there yet.
Sure, the Nucks give up lots and lots of high danger chances, but so do the Panthers. After Myers pinches and takes a shot from the dot, the rebound comes to Pete who gets the puck back to Myers, now at the point for a change.
Myers shoots and Brock deflects the shot past big bad Bob. Wooo!
We’re back in the game. Yay!
Lessons learned. Play the simple game. Don’t allow odd man rushes. Wait for your chances. Pinch only when the pinching is good. Keep a sharp eye out for the stretch pass. And FFS don’t give up anymore odd man rushes!
That lesson didn’t extend to the Nucks PP where the most dangerous chance came on a shorthanded Cats chance.
Those hard learned lessons forgotten, Nucks are pressing for a goal. Stetch is pinching all the wrong places. Instant Panthers 2 on 1 to thrill the game thread and tickle the mesh. At the wrong end of the ice.
Mercifully the period ends with the Floridian Felines outshooting the deflated Nucks 15-13. Nucks have given up the first and last goal of the period.
It’s 3-1 Panthers. The Nucks gave up 6 odd man rushes in a single period. That may not be a record, but it also may not be November anymore.
As we know 2nd periods in Florida have not been good to us. Would this one be better?
A little - on the scoreboard. Didn’t give up 6 goals, so that’s something.
Did give up a Catty PP goal on a frustrated Roooos penalty. 3 water bottle throwing in the box frustrated. Dang! Would he fit in well with the NM game thread.
Crushed in South Beach? Seems like - whatever bit of pushback has been pushed in to the swamps and heading out to sea.
Possibly the worst period Nucks hockey of the season. Since Tuesday. The team ethos at the moment is fragile - comeback kids or no-confidence puck-coughers. Or puck-coughing-odd-man-chance-givers.
Happy Cats outshoot the unhappy Nucks 20-8. Florida leads 4-1. Setting the mood for the last period.
Game thread is in a fine mood as well.
does the team have the flu or something?
there was simply zero compete level that last shift there with the Horvat at the close of the 2nd period
it was circle the firewagons hockey by the Cats - ridiculous
the Nucks look like they’re protecting a one-goal lead, not down three
do the Nucks have the flu or something? Florida ass fever? Seminole’s Revenge?
it’s like they’re not even trying, or can’t
man, do they fall back to earth so fast; please don’t tell me we’re going to have a repeat of the Tortorella year… — copey
With the game far out of reach, the young Nucks scouring the internet during intermission for an out-of-print copy of ‘How to Win Hockey Games and Influence Game Threads’, the horrible mood is set for more big bad Bobbing.
Whatever that is.
It’s probably not good.
Canucks start the period stronger than expected. Actually get some chances. Which bad Bob squelches.
Then as if it couldn’t get any worse, the Panthers win an O-zone faceoff (won too many - that’s our record FFS). Right off the faceoff a point shot is deflected past Demko.
Game thread give goaltending tips.
Thatcher Demko should spear everyone of his teammates in the nads post-game — ‘82
The good news is...uh... it’s only 5-1 lead.
Or less. The mighty 4th is still involved in the game and forechecking like their coach’s job depends on it. That and the Cats have eased off the compete level since they won the game a couple periods earlier.
It’s Motte with the oh-so-not tieing goal!
Game thread is thrilled!
Tyler Motte is carrying this team
TYLER MOTTE — Westy
And Westy has even more good news for us.
by the way
Tim Schaller got his first assist of the year tonight — Westy
Also... it was Beagle’s 1st point in 23 games. At least that streak is busted. Ouch.
The game continues with more back and forth. Mainly forth. Game thread continues with enthusiastic fan words of encouragement.
14 goals against in Florida
Beautiful — Westy
Not fully satisfied with the enthusiasm level of the Nucks, the game thread steps up.
Where the fuck was the chip on the shoulder after the TB game?
What a shit show — Westy
And always concerned with hockey sanitation, Kent chimes in.
garbage game — Kent
Despite the horrible loss, the future is cold and bright.
Thankfully... it’s freezing cold and ugly and no golf in Buffalo
Take that Nitwit Nucks — ‘82
With this Floridian management junket out of the way, we can expect the Nucks to play like they want to win.
Just in case the 2 Johns can make us feel better, which they can’t, let’s pretend.
GAME STATS (They’re Not Good)
PLAYER STATS (Go Motte!)
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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|
Simple words of wisdom from Rooooos. And bonus philosophical discussions about puck free will.
"We have to go back to the basics when things don't go our way. We have to simplify." - Antoine Roussel pic.twitter.com/GeVSejtlG8— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) January 10, 2020
It must be the Floridian sand traps or something, but the Green Room is back and chasing the game around the presser.
The good news is with the 2 consecutive [redacted] after 7 consecutive wins, the Nucks are only one point out of a wild card spot. That’s not so bad.
It’s terrible. Some have said that the Nucks only have to play 500 to get an icy May thanks to the Super 7. Not so fast. Seems more like they need more 7 W-streaks and only not win, 2 consecutive games to keep up in this weird division.
Unless as I posited months ago, we have Vegas and the Yotes pushed into the other part of the
West East. Besides, we have to make room for Seattle’s amazing Cup Run when they steal our best goalie.
The next game we can all scratch off the calendar. It’s a Saturday morning game - 10AM PST. In direct conflict with the morning toon hours. Or the morning after hours that are best experienced in a cocoon of warm blankets and hot coco.
Maybe that’s what the Nucks need - a cup of hot coco and a big swig of confidence. Let’s all swig to that.