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The Best Part of the Road Trip? Trip is Over.

Vancouver Canucks v Minnesota Wild
Fight Night in Minni
Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images

After that game in that city, we expected the Nucks to bounce back. So did the Nucks. Without Pete. Who was out with a lower upper mid body injury from the dirty late (uncalled) hit suffered in that game.

Still... no excuses. Petey is only the best center on the team - Nucks highest scoring player and can win Wild games on his own. Not a big deal. Only a devastating crushing blow to a team that hasn’t scored in 65 minutes of MUST WIN hockey. Yeah... there’s that.

Oh well... In his rookie season, Pete was out for many games and the Nucks still made the playoffs, so no worries playing without Alien power in the toughest stretch of the season. Or they didn’t.

Not important. Making or not making the playoffs is not nearly as important as spending millions of billionaire money to secure the services of our (almost) Vezina-winning goalie.

Since there’s no pressure to stop the road losing skid on the final skid of this miserable road trip, let’s move on.

1st Period

The Nucks are 20-4-1 when scoring the first goal of the game.

They didn’t score the 1st goal of the game, so that is 20-5-1. Still an impressive stat. If it had any relevance to this game.

Instead the Wild get the 1st goal of the game. And the 2nd one. And the 3rd one.

On the 1st goal, Marky was screened. By his own players.

On the 2nd goal, Marky suffered a brainfart on a bad puck clearing play. The non-farty play would have been to freeze the puck rather than trying the low percentage one-handed reverse snooker bank pass off the boards.

On the 3rd Wild goal, Marky was caught with his two PK D-men offering free passage on the rush to those who skated into the slot unmolested.

The game thread wasn’t worried being down 3-nothing.

That was a brutal period — Westy

The boys look rattled.

Don’t worry, it will get worse, the next period.

Before it gets better. If we spoil the shut-out, it will be a win for us. — Atty

Then the bickering began.

No..it will be a loss

These guys need to score more than one goal in this game without Petey to gain some confidence — Westy

Jake had a fight early in the period, which was a solid response to rough hit. Because the Nucks are responding to that game in that city. Only 48 hours late.

Wild outshoot Nucks 13-10. Out of those the Wild had 8 High DANGER shots. Nucks had maybe... 3.

Oh well... Nucks end the on PP and...

2nd Period

The Nucks start the period on the PP. Sutz is on the 1st unit taking Pete’s place. That’s great. Why not Gaud? We don’t know.

Anyhow, the Nucks get off the PP and the PP goaless streak continues on attempt fourteen hundred and twenty-four.

Nucks are pressing and get some decent chances to overcome an indecent deficit.

Roussel seems to be the only one with chances

but he either fucks it up…or shoots it into the goalie’s chest — Westy

With that sort of subtle prompting from Westy, we’re certain Rooos will make adjustments later.

Lots of chances in a back and forth period - still too many high danger chances that Marky had to stop.

Then Zac takes a couple high danger punches from Flamingo, because he thought Zac was taking liberties with his goalie. Zac returns punches, because Zac was only asking the goalie if this was where they filmed Fargo. It wasn’t.

The Wild get assigned an extra penalty and we witness a miracle of unexpected scoring. A Nucks PP goal from a great one timer from Millsie off the rush.

JT Miller will try and do it on his own

3-1 Wild — Westy

Nucks apply more pressure after their game-thread-saving PP goal, but Wild puck luck prevails and the period ends without anymore Nucks scoring. And fortunately, no Wild scoring.

Despite the Nucks pushback, Wild win the shot count 15-10.

3rd Period

The Nucks start the period staring at a 2 goal deficit. Best not to stare too long. Because the Wild are staring down a 2 goal lead - the safest lead in hockey.

A lead that instead of unsafely diminished, is sadly, safely expanded. On another Wild PP. Is the Nucks PK missing Motte yet? Are the Faeries of February are upon us already? Are rhetorical questions annoying?

It’s 4-1 Wild with 6 minutes to go. Will the Nucks go quietly?

No, they won’t.

Not with Gaud getting a holy misconduct penalty.

Not with the red hot Nucks power play firing on all 4 2 cylinders. Especially when it’s a 6 on 4 advantage.

Rooos buries the rebound from a point shot and avoids another Westy in-game scolding.

Despite the Nucks extra pushback pushing and extra O-zone time, they didn’t get enough tough shots on goal. Only 6 shots in the period. Not enough shooting, too much passing?

You decide. Expecting to get 3 goals on 6 shots when playing from behind isn’t a recipe for certain road winning success. Even in Minni.

Oh well, it’s only a 4-2 loss. And 2 PP goals! That’s gotta bode well. In ways we can barely perceive. Or imagine.

Oh well... here’s the 2 Johns to make sense of senseless road losses.

GAME STATS (better than that game)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Canucks
VAN
26 56% 2/4 28 8 14 4
Wild
MIN
37 44% 2/4 18 11 21 1


PLAYER STATS

# Forwards GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
6 B. Boeser 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 20:33 5:06 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 1 0 1 1 -1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 63 21:30 5:14 1:34 1
18 J. Virtanen 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 3 1 1 0 0 0 12:40 0:43 --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 50 18:29 5:06 1:40 0
21 L. Eriksson 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 10:40 --:-- 1:26 0
26 A. Roussel 1 0 1 1 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 12:03 0:43 --:-- 1
53 B. Horvat 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 57 23:05 5:06 --:-- 0
59 T. Schaller 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 11:58 --:-- 3:56 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 -1 3 0 3 1 2 1 0 17:05 1:34 --:-- 0
71 Z. MacEwen 0 0 0 0 -1 1 7 1 0 0 0 0 12:44 0:08 --:-- 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 -1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 60 10:24 --:-- 2:36 0
88 A. Gaudette 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 1 1 0 0 50 11:54 0:35 --:-- 0
# Defense GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
5 O. Fantenberg 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 12:40 --:-- 1:40 0
8 C. Tanev 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 18:20 --:-- 3:56 0
23 A. Edler 0 1 1 1 -2 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 20:02 0:08 3:35 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 1 1 1 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 24:37 5:06 --:-- 0
51 T. Stecher 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 17:13 --:-- 0:21 0
57 T. Myers 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 20:41 0:43 1:40 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
25 J. Markstrom -- 33 37 26–28 5–7 2–2 33–37 .892 0 57:32


The stand out stat is the Nucks getting outshot for about the 10th game. And out hit. And out shot-blocked. Fix those little things and this would be a different game. And add in Pete’s 2-3 goals and the outcome would be different too.

It’s another road loss and our Capt’n must take the icy Minni media heat.

In the last road Green Room of the trip, Trav discusses the Wild shot-blocking to get through.

This game concludes the terrible road trip through pretend-playoff hell. Wasn’t really terrible, because the Nucks finish the trip with a perfect 500 record. 5 point in 5 games.

And despite the Nighties blowing out the Catties, the Nucks remain in the top spot in the 4th toughest division in the league!

The desert pups, tOilers and Flameouts all lost tonight, so the status quo remains. Have to worry a little about Vegas though... because house money and stuff.

On Saturday, Nucks are back in the ROG to extinguish what little flicker is left in Cowtown. The Flames are on a 3 game losing streak. We know what that feels like.

And we are going to stop feeling like that. Because the ROG winning streak must be maintained, not just for maintenance reasons, but for that stretch run thing.

And for reasons that involve NM emotional sanity, we need to see Petey play, score early and often in the ROG this weekend. On the biggest, mostest MUST WIN game of the entire HNIC program.