The warm and fuzzy feeling of Sedin week has been awesome.
The game that ended the week, not so much.
First they were too many things going against the Nucks.
- Road jerseys. We’re at home - at least it said ROG on the brochure. But the Nucks are dressed in road jerseys. Ducks in the home jerseys. The home Ducks always win... because...
- John Gibson - he’s Anaheim’s Marky. Although not quite as good. But good enough when the Nucks aren’t playing at home. Which they aren’t because... no home...
- Black Skate jersey. This is what the game called for. Nucks HQ didn’t hear.
- Afternoon game. Bad timing for the game thread, worse for the Nucks.
- Doesn’t matter now. Too late.
Second, Marky’s agent is in the building. Not talking to JB. But to select Nucks players.
Third, the stretch run officiating is just getting started. At finishing off any semblance of sport.
Oh well... could be worse. We could be only 2nd in the Pacific and wasting games like there’s 80 left to waste.
Since the Nucks are the road team in their own building, it’s key they start strong and get the first goal. Set the tone to the visiting homers.
Except, here’s the tricky bit. The Nucks start reasonably strong, but the Ducks get really lucky on just their 2nd shot of the game. Lucky or ?
It’s a cross-crease pass and Stetch puts his stick in the way to stop the pass.
Mission accomplished. Then the blocked puck happily deflects between Demko’s legs.
It’s 1-0 Ducklings.
The crucial first goal is for the wrong home team.
And it gets worse. For Troy. And us.
Stetch gets smashed into the boards. No call. Stetch complains to the refs. There’s a call.
Against Stetch for unsportsmanlike conduct. Oh the irony... it’s very sporting to smash a player’s head into the boards. To complain about it, is NHL heresy.
Off to the box for Stetch, while the 2nd worst PP in the league goes to work.
And scores. From a sneaky behind the back of the net pass from the old timer, Getz. Who skates pretty good. For a 70 year old.
It’s 2-0 Nucks at the end of the 1st and the Nucks luck hasn’t totally run out. That’s for later.
This is just great. The Nucks outshoot the home visitors 12-10 and are down by 2. No good shot stat goes unpunished.
And even better. Actually worse, but need you to keep reading a little longer.
Instead of the Nucks getting an early goal to reset the ice, the momentum, or at least a few more naive masochists to the game thread - yes, instead of that, Tanev takes an over-the-glass penalty. When Tanev makes that kind of mistake in a home road game, well...
The 2nd worst PP in the league goes to work.
And scores! WTH?! Ducks are 2 for 2. Nucks PK is batting zip-all.
It’s an insurmountable 3-0 Ducks lead. The same score that Nucks beat the other fowl from the windy foul city last week.
And then in a twist of karmic hockey hilarity, the Ducks take their own over-the-glass penalty.
Now the Ducks, so far 100% effective, PK must face their doom.
And Gibson his mere mortal goalie status.
Quinn sets up Pete for a laser over Gibson’s shoulder.
Wow! What a great goal. I want to watch it again. And again. And again.
Not because it’s the only Nucks goal, but because it’s the only Nucks goal. Of the entire game. A game that was not supposed to go like this according to scenic Sedinery week scripting.
Oh well... the Nucks keep pressing and Gibson keeps saving. When he didn’t save, the posts did. Specially created just for this game, allegedly by Marky’s agent.
Enter [your fav conspiracy theory here].
Just when it looked like there might be the faintest hope of a distant spark of a possible Nucks comeback, the refs got involved.
Jones throws Pete into the boards head-first. No call. Myers makes his own call. Drives Jones into the ice. Mason rushed over to sucker-punch Myers.
Weirdly, even the 2 Johns didn’t think the assault on Pete was worth a penalty. Definitely stretch run season - dangerous play involving heads and boards and our visiting home team on-air crew are blase.
After the brouhaha had been settled, the refs hand out about 8 minutes in penalties. None to themselves for allowing frontier hockey justice to make it’s own verdict.
As the game thread explains.
Meyers an extra 2
For receiving a punch, even the refs are celebrating Sedin week — LotteryLuck
With that NHL officiating Twin tribute complete, the period ends.
Canucks out shoot the Ducks 20-11 and for their efforts get one puck past Gibson. Actually they had 3 get past, but for the Marky agent-approved posts.
At least it’s going to get better. Not in this period, but soon, so keep reading. Because the best part is yet to come. Not in this recap, but still...
The Nucks promise in the 2nd intermission to come out and score 2 in the 3rd. It’s on TV. It’s like a legal affidavit. Or binding fan contract.
And yet, the contract is broken. Instead of the Nucks scoring 2 more, the Ducks do.
To be fair, it was a leading question that Quinn answered in the intermission interview - we don’t want him to say: “Nah... we’re probably going to give up a couple more”. And he didn’t. So the NM Legal Department of Spontaneous Litigation wasn’t called. Not that they take calls on the weekend.
Anyhow the Nucks are thinking offence and the Ducks score 2 goals on 7 shots. The Nucks score no goals on 6 shots. A little late for the thrifty shot gambit, but I appreciated the ill-timed gesture.
The game thread tho... still wound up about the NHL WWE reffing.
Myers actually took it into his own hands to defend Pete, then some other idiot haymakers him. This is going to be interesting.
I hope Myers says exactly this:
”The league doesn’t seem like they want to protect our star player, so I didn’t have a choice. You have to protect your stars. The league won’t do it, and at some point, Elias or others just won’t be able to play anymore. Someone is going to hurt them and that’ll be it. So, since they won’t do it, I had to. I’ll face the punishment, and I’ll do it again, as long as the league won’t wake up and protect him, we’ve got to do it.”
That’s what I want him to say. We all know what’s going on. It’s no big secret, and other players, even Pete himself have talked about it a bit. Something’s got to be done, and Myers tried, at least. — radivel
The game ends before it could ruin dinner and we’re thankful for that. The Nucks win the shot clock 38-28. But it didn’t feel like even a minimal moral statistical victory.
The visiting home team defeats the home visiting team 5-1. The 2nd worst team in the division demotes the former 1st place team in the division to 2nd best.
The Nucks have now won 2 in their last 7. That doesn’t sound right.
And not even the 2 Johns can make it feel right either.
GAME STATS (the bad kind)
PLAYER STATS (only look at the Pete/Huggy/Sutz points)
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Demko can’t be too happy about his .821 SV% - but Marky’s agent will be thrilled. Could Marky have made more saves in this game? We don’t know - maybe ask Stetch. Or Bo.
And Bo knows it’s Sedin week and a loss, so must channel his inner Hank.
"We have to start playing some better hockey down the stretch here. It’s going to get tighter, the games are going to get harder and we have to be better.” - Horvat pic.twitter.com/PkAKmGuyGZ— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 17, 2020
Stetch mans-up on his Marky-agent-approved plays.
“We weren’t good enough…with all the festivities going on this week, we wanted to make those guys proud and tonight we didn’t have that effort.” - Stecher pic.twitter.com/4BaBHRlg6D— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 17, 2020
Oh well... at least over in the Green Room, the mood is serious, but worry-free.
Could be worse. Nucks could have given away 2 points and 1st place in the division. At least that didn’t happen.
*** THIS JUST IN ***
It did happen.
Oh well. Being #2 in the 4th toughest division in the league is a solid achievement this time of year. If your team was 3rd last week.
At least the next Nucks home game is at home on Wednesday. At night. Facing the Wild who are trading players and coaches like there’s no TDL tomorrow.
That’s a week Monday. And no, we aren’t getting a $5M 4th liner to add to our collection of overpaid vets.
Enjoy what’s left of the stretch run.