It’s the 2nd of a back-to-back morning game for the Nucks in the eastern provinces. Or in NHL Gaming Commission speek, Scheduled Loss.
Could have been worse. Could have been a real loss loss, not a loser point shootout loss. There’s that.
Also could have been an emphatic win - if the Nucks PP had some emphasis on urgency, speed and creativity. Those 3 elements were banned from the man-advantage last game.
Besides... it’s a freakin’ morning game, no one expects the Nucks PP to have speed and creativity this early. Still... no one expects the 1st unit to spend half the time in their own end. Ok, we do... but that was an expected expectation because.... reasons.
The reasons are... the Nucks 1st unit appears to use the PP for recreation and relaxation. To distract from the stationary nervous over-thinking and stick-gripping tightness due to the 4 for 41 recent record. Or something. Not going to give away all of Westy’s Patented Secrets For Special Teams SUCCESS! Even if operators are standing by.
Let’s just get on with the unenviable task of recapping a (fake) loss.
Settled nothing. Wish it had, then we could have enjoyed a leisurely gourmet lunch at Chez Chicky’s and spent the afternoon leisurely pouring over Westy’s Parade maps.
Not to be.
It almost settled it though.
Nucks strike first. At least Pete does. Gets his 50th NHL Career Goal!
That’s it for all the scoring in the entire period.
Not sure why the refs, the NHL, the disinterested NFL allowed the game to continue. Last time we played the Canes, we won 1-0. Why drag it out? Why?
Nucks outshot the Canes 13-9 and were the better team. Not on the the 2 Nucks power-plays, but that’s just a vibe killer I won’t mention again. Until the next set of vibe killers.
Quinn gets an elbow to the face on the worst Nucks PP in history. This month — jimmi
Settles nothing. Why continue?
The Nucks proved, in Brooklyn of all places, they can hang onto the bitter end with the insufferable one goal lead.
Yet, here we are. Or were. And the Canes, all jumped-up from a road trip are keen to impress the locals. A big sheet of ice with painted lines on it is enough for that.
Who knows why they kept the pressure on the road weary Nucks. Assume the reasons are as ill-motivated as the results.
The results being the home red jerseys (really? hurricanes aren’t red - more grey and swirly) score 2 goals on our not-well-rested backup goalie.
Game thread were more concerned about road hockey dietary standards.
fire-wagon hockey again on successive shifts
geez, did the boys have a large pizza each at the intermission or something?
they’re being swarmed, and TG seems to have forgotten what a time-out is — copey
Fire-wagon hockey sounds more old west romance novel than it really is.
Or is it?
Looks better when the Surgerweenies run around in their little red fire-wagon. Until Myers pots the tieing goal.
Goals in two of his last three games = Myers is heating up!! pic.twitter.com/nEfuIo4HW3— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 2, 2020
It’s all tied up! 2-2. We can all stop now, take 1 point each and maybe still have time to snarf a couple of aperitifs and prepare for Tuesday.
Shots are 15-14 for the Canes. So what. More importantly, the Nucks were granted another power-play, which granted the Canes 2 minutes of easy defending.
Worse, Huggy had a blindside collision with Teravainen just inside the Nucks blueline. Looked much, much worse than it was. Probably was best the game thread skipped the lunch they otherwise would have lost.
Settles nothing. No, really.
Sure, the Nucks were looking more and more like a road team playing the 2nd game in 24 hours and the Surging Tickle Pools had their own fruitless PP. The point being, we’re hungry and want to have a late lunch and move on.
But nooooooooo, official timekeepers are running the clock. Against us.
And worse, Svechnikov snipes a nasty wrister past our over-tired goalie. Now it’s 3-2.
Not for the right team.
However, as he has been trying all game, Pete decides to win this one on his own. With his own dirty little wrister. Filthy.
It’s all tied up! 3-3. We can stop now, take 1 point each and maybe still have time to snarf a couple of dried-up aperitifs and prepare for Tuesday.
But no... the officials want to drag this out to the bitter, and I mean bitter, end. And worse they decide to fully humiliate us by granting the Nucks another power-play. 4th of the game.
Was it better than the first three? Sure... the Canes didn’t get a game-winning shortie, so there’s the silver lining.
Despite the Nucks outshooting the Canes in the 3rd by a huge margin, 7-6, regulation decides nothing except I should have had breakfast and not waited in the long line at Chez Chicky’s. Only to discover it’s not open on Super Duper Sundays.
Settles nothing. No, really.
And really frustrating. Because we expected it to be over in 30-45 seconds on a Pete goal for the hattie and we could celebrate in proper 6 game win streak style.
But, no... the fresher Surgereenies had more puck-time and the 5 long minutes went by without getting another 2 road points.
Sometimes NHL hockey is a cruel game of chance(s).
Settles nothing. No, really.
Ok, not really. It did settle the final score. And not in a good way.
It did allow Pete to achieve his (ceremonial) hattie. He beat Reimer. As every other Nucks should have. The Nucks have had to shoulder (sorry, Mottey) their share of adversity. But, can’t imagine the amount of locker room shaming Bo and Millsie had to face, both stoned by Reimer.
There it is. One freakin’ loooooser point. And worse, it’s the first time in the long and sorry NHL history of loser pointedness the Nucks have lost to Carolina in extra periods/activities.
Two streaks busted in one game. Great.
The 2 Johns called the game on sportynet, but couldn’t find any highlights with them. Instead it’s the surging voices of the homers. Best to turn off the sound.
GAME STATS (Daytime Game Stats)
PLAYER STATS (some good, but...)
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While Demmers was decent, getting beat by Reimer in the SO is going to sting for a long time. Westy is already asking for donations to send some rum bottles to Thatcher - can be very cathartic when smashed - after Westy has emptied them with special cathartic therapy shots.
The game’s 1st star (according to NM) and honorary hattie getter, talks to the media. When Petey talks, we listen.
"We're playing good, we're defending ourselves and this game could have gone to our advantage." -Elias Pettersson discusses the Canucks loss to the Canes. pic.twitter.com/RY6qQ8IwNV— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 2, 2020
Myers explains his recent goal-a-game pace (over the past 2 games).
Could have gone either way. But it didn’t. The silver lining, is that it is much better to have the win streak broken in this game than the next one.
The next road game is the MOST MUST WIN game of the season. No, really. I don’t have to tell you why. In fact, I can’t. I made an NM VoVP (Vow of Vocal Purity) to never mention the name of that team - either in sarcasm or otherwise. I intend to keep it. At least until Tuesday afternoon.
Not only is this road trip messing with sleeping in and brunch at Chez Chicky’s, it’s ruining late afternoon malingering and early gourmandizing. 4PM PST wake up call. The losing streak ends now. The new winning streak begins Tuesday. Make it so, Nucks and all the fans at sea.