Welcome to the stretch run. All the teams are playing playoff hockey. The refs are playing playoff naptime. The Nucks are playing like it’s still the regular season. Which it is.
But, that’s not the point. The point is the Nucks have matched or exceeded their worst losing streak of the season. I’d look it up, but the gut check says it’s the worst.
Nucks got pushed around and out-reffed in that game. Got run over by the Wild. And tonight, the Flamers ran the game. And our goalie. And mugged Pete. Early and often.
But still... the Nucks PP did get some oppourtunities. To waste.
We hoped the Nucks would return home with fresh urgency and dedication to team D.
Oh well... 0 out of 2 ain’t so bad.
The game starts well.
Really well. In fact.
The Nucks get the 1st goal. No, really.
Great setup from Huggy to Pearson.
The Nucks lead the game 1-0. (for the last time of the game).
And Miller made Turtlechuck answer the bell. Game thread was impressed too.
Miller fights Tkachuk
my my — Westy
The Flames come back and score 2 goals. Their 1st goal was assisted by Jake screening and Gaud bumping Marky in the crease. That’s what they call a preventable goal.
The 2nd goal, Marky made the save, but Upchuck kicks the puck into the net. No review, because HNICotu.
The Nucks are down, but not out. That happens later.
The hockey Gauds give us a little board bounce and Gaud stuffs the puck in the net. His first goal since early January. Good Gaud!
It’s tied 2-2 and the Nucks are leading 2-1, in our fair-minded minds.
However, a disturbing trend seems to have become a habit. Nucks get out PK’d. The Nucks ‘PP’ didn’t help themselves or the game thread.
Another Powerless Play
what happened, Nucks? You were doing super about a month ago. — radivel
This period could have been worse. That happens in the 3rd.
The Nucks get some O-zone time, apply a little pressure, but really, they’re getting out-hustled, out-hungered and out-urgentified.
It’s 3-2 for the visitors. Who appear to be enjoying their visit to the formerly tourist team hostile ROG.
The Nucks respond with some O-zone time. Not nearly enough. So...
It’s back to Marky to save the game. A game that can’t be saved.
MARKY! Saves, saves, saves, saves galore. pic.twitter.com/HiL3yaV25G— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 9, 2020
and Virts guilty again for a giveaway on the 3rd goal
at this rate, I’ll be surprised if he gets any time in the third period
also, our D are getting ankles broken left and right, including a complete fly-by on one of the ridiculous number of chances in tight in front
meanwhile Marky is redeeming himself for two bad goals with several redunkulous saves, and some serious feistiness
so c’mon Nucks, score some damn goals in da turd! — copey
Nucks get outshot 12-7 and outscored 1-0. That sad stat makes us sad.
This is the best... possibly only period left for a good comeback.
Instead, Flames are taking liberties with Pete. Mangiapane knocks Pete over and Pete gets a penalty for holding.
And worse, Looch gets the tip-in goal on the PP. It’s 4-2 Flames.
That’s some burning pile of ugh.
Still the Flames keep out-checking and out-chancing the Nucks. And frustrating Pete. Backland slew foots Pete. No call.
While it’s looking bad, the faeires have arrived to make the look much worse.
Injury Update: Boeser suffered an upper-body injury and will not return tonight.— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 9, 2020
Won’t mention the rest of the period... because allowing 6 goals against isn’t playoff-ready hockey.
Despite Bo bulling his way to the net.
Nucks gave up 22 scoring chances against the Flames and worse, gave up twice as many high danger chances, 12-6.
Nucks get outshot 32-27 and out-hit and out-played and out desperated.
Oh well... winning regulation games doesn’t guarantee playoff success. But a certain number of stretch wins are required to assess playoff success/failure.
HNIC day in Canada... so... we only get the one John.
GAME STATS (How about that shot blocking differential!)
PLAYER STATS (How about those urgent stats)
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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|
Gaud speaks about urgent battling.
"They just wanted it a little more tonight...we needed to put more emphasis on our puck battles." Gaudette talks to the media following Vancouver's first home loss of 2020. pic.twitter.com/0CFhl1PSuV— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 9, 2020
Pearson talks about letting Marky down. And us. But, mainly Marky.
Over in the Green Room, memories are getting shorter. Like patience in game threads.
That was another horrible road game. Just too bad it had to be played in the ROG. And worse, we don’t know how long Brock will be broken.
The 9 game winning streak is broken. The bigger question is... will the 4 game losing streak be broken or extended?
Nucks need to restore their team D, their team urgency and desperation. And stop giving up so many freakin’ scoring chances - hence the team D thing. Like they did after the [redacted] Floridian swamp hockey series.
Can Travis right the good ship team urgency? By Monday? No pressure.
Still... that last losing streak just about cost Travis his job. Actually it did. NM fired him, but re-hired him before JB noticed. But now.... do we fire them both?
That’s for the NM Department of Firing the Bastards to decide. And decide they will. If they weren’t a bunch of lazy bastards.
There’s little room for fancy plays anymore. It’s gumboots and slightly-dirty hits from now on. The Preds arrive in the ROG looking to extend their 1 game L-streak. For that to happen, the Nucks of mid-January need to return to the ice. For the full 60.