Finding ways to cave. That’s your Vancouver Foot-Shooting Canucks.
Some say the Nucks are right where we thought they’d be. Getting our hopes up through mid-season and crushing them down the stretch.
This game was a miniature version of the season... get behind... play hard... get the lead.. lose the lead. It’s the formula for not-quite success.
With a 3 (and now 4) game losing streak on the line, the bleeding must stop.
Seems like Trav is letting the vets make or break the season... mainly break. Sutz and Roos are playing hurt. Loui isn’t playing hurt... but he hurts us. They need some faery rehab farm time. Call up the Comet hotline and send some players who care about the little things.
Do you want to see relive this fresh wound to the Nuckian body? Me neither.
Seems like it could be a decent game. Huggy is in. Not fully healthy, but half a Huggy is better than a full Pouliot.
The 50 year old hockey gawds of Vancouver are in their Kokopelli phase. The Hockey Trickster is behind the net and making plays.
Nucks on the PK. Penalty is almost over. Fantenberg has control of the puck, expects to shoot it round the boards to clear the zone. Dogged attacker puts his stick in the way to block.
It’s a one in a million deflection behind the net that arcs as if it was guided by pure bad luck. Or a ROG Trickster. The puck is in the air. Then it’s on Demmer’s shoulder. And in the net.
Ugh-ly goal. Hockey gawds are still giggling about that one.
Oh well... the Nucks kill the 2nd penalty off and end the period without a fluke goal of their own.
With the extra zone time, desert dogs outshoot the Nucks 16-12.
The game thread, as deserted as a desert rink in summer, is stoic about being behind.
is useless lately — Twitchy
And that’s pretty high praise - with Beags out, Sutz is the new not-too-hard-on-the-puck 4th line center. He’s playing hurt and it’s hurting us. That’s only fair.
The good news, despite the fluke goal, Demmer is playing great. Made some 5 alarm stops on the PK. The other PK.
It’s a fresh period. The never say never Nucks are back on the ice in Neverland looking for a tieing goal that will never come. In this period.
Early in the period Pete draws a call. Nucks get their 1st PP.
The game thread notes the officiating anomaly as does de-Mirrors.
demers talking to the ref on the way to the box:
”But it was petterson…i thought we were allowed to do things to him! Everyone else is!” — Twitchy
The ROG Hockey Trickster is still at the concessions signing water balloons, so no fluke power play goal for us.
In fact, no power play goals for us on 2 attempts. And worse no tieing goal at all.
Despite Jake playing one of his best power forward games of the season. He was robbed by Kuemper, then the post, then by the puck luckers.
Then a scary moment for Demko and the Zamboni driver. Tanev and Hall get tangled up and Demmer comes out to play the puck and gets Hall’s skate raked across the back of his calf.
The game thread is stoic about wounding goalies.
oh no are you kidding me
oh no — radivel
The good news, Demmer isn’t bleeding. And the Nucks aren’t bleeding goals. So far.
The Nucks did look better this period, or the wine was.
Whatever. Nucks outshoot the Yotes 15-13 and take a commanding lead in the not down by 2 after 2 sweepstakes.
The comeback kids are coming back. It would be one thing to lose 2 points in a 4 point game at this critical point in the stretch. Entirely hideous Nuck Luck to be shut out and lose because of a Trickster goal.
That’s not happening. Not when there’s a highly skilled Cupcake on the PP.
What a shot! It’s 1-1 and the fear of losing in the worst way will have to wait. Not long enough, but still...
There’s more goals to score. Jake has been hot all night.
Gets his Jake skates going and leads a rush. But, not going for the high shot. Nope. Going for the pad pass. And the rebound comes off the pads and scoots out to meet Pearson’s skate. It’s a stopping skate, not a kicking skate. Goal counts! We’re winning! Woooo!
Some say you can’t win games when only scoring 2 goals. They say you need 3. Outside of Ohio, of course.
Perhaps a defence-first team could lock it down and ride victorious into the 2-1 sunset. The Nucks aren’t a defence-first team. More of a quick up and turnover, defence second or third team that leak chances like they’re playing for coach Julian Assange.
That predilection of bleeding high danger chances. Not a problem because Marky is a high danger goalie.
It’s a problem, because Marky is playing knee-on-knee with the faeries.
No worries. Demmer is having a great game.
It’s still a problem because Myers is on short-term loan to the faeries. Benn is playing the right side and doing pretty good. Stetch is getting 2D minutes. Too many minutes.
And Yotes are pressing hard. Far too hard for a hockey team already out of the playoffs. The Nucks are sitting back a bit.
And then a(nother) simple mistake from Stetch. Off a simple round-the-boards play from Eddie. This is a really bad time for a mistake. Some say this time of the season, your game must be perfect.
Stetch has already had 3 giveaways. The 4th is the worst. When the puck arrives from the expected pass ‘n clear, it hits his skate - which is pointing the wrong way. Also... Trickster magic may have been involved. Because the puck zips right out to the slot. And a hungry dog grabs it and shoots on Demmer.
Demmer makes the stop. That’s good. The rebound comes back to the dogged shooter and the next shot is in the net. That’s bad.
which team are you playing for anyway?
jesus X on a cracker, painful to watch how much bad luck he’s accumulating — copey
The glorious Nuckian lead lasts almost 4 minutes. And instead of pushing right back like the Yotes did, the Nucks, maybe a suffering little puck-luck-shock, revert to their safe style - the passive game plan.
Playing passive is never good when you have hungry desert dogs in your rink.
So... it’s time for another round of...
Live in the ROG. The wild hounds of wild card play are pushing again. This time, it’s a missed assignment by Sutz that begins the canninical zone entry.
And worse it’s a Hail Mary shot from the point. And wicked tip from Crouse.
It’s the game winning goal. For the wrong team. At the wrong time.
With 8 minutes and little hope left in the ROG, the Nucks mount another puck-slaught on the Yotes. Not effective.
With time and hope winding down, Trav pulls Demko for the extra skater. Some say the extra skater was Roos. Some say Roos should be out getting extra time with the faeries.
The Yotes get up ice and look to score the EN at close range. But, Eddie, assigned defender and part-time goalie, blocks the shot. And the play goes back to the dog house.
Nucks are desperate for a goal. But EL lofts the puck high into the Trickster-occupied sky where it is carried on the winds of collapse into the empty net.
Yotes win 4-2.
It’s a numb feeling. Not just in our legs. It’s in the very fabric of our Nuckian Hockey consciousness.
Another lead lost in the 3rd. From a couple of careless mistakes.
There’s no margin anymore for careless or passive play. Every shift counts. Ask JT. Or Tofolli. Don’t ask Loui or Sutz or some other vets.
It’s the WORST losing streak of the season!
Nucks haven’t lost 4 in a row in regulation all year. Really bad time to make L-records.
Not all is lost. Yet.
The 2 Johns can make the pain stop. They can’t, but it’s the season for false hope.
GAME STATS (close, but not close enough)
PLAYER STATS (don’t single out Stetch, Sutz, Loui - save something for me)
|#||Forwards||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
|#||Defense||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
Pearson hopes the foot shooting stops.
“With these 3rd periods lately, we’re really shooting ourselves in the foot…” - Pearson pic.twitter.com/F6XDhl0CFO— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 5, 2020
Jake was buzzing all night. And his reward is the buzzkill media scrum.
"I felt like we had some good chances today and hopefully we can build off that." - Virtanen pic.twitter.com/tWoWgqCr2t— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 5, 2020
Over in the ‘Great Game’ Green Room, Trav is praising everyone’s game.
Trav won’t single out anyone... because... Loui, Sutz, Roos aren’t passengers. They’re not drivers either. Will Trav change up the roster for the next game against the Avs? Or keep it on the crazy ‘good game’ rails and expect different results?
With a 4 game L-streak firmly or passively in hand, the next 16 games are make or break for the Nucks. If the Nucks miss, and we miss for the 5th year in a row, who goes into the firing line?
I don’t know. However, the twittergentsia have already fired Green and hired Gallant. But does JB go as well? He’s had his ritual coaching change already.
Also... no GM that misses the playoffs 5 years running gets to stay around and miss the 6th.
It’s a tough league. We know that. There’s a 50 year Canucks fan heritage that’s pretty tough.
The Nucks have some more chances at home to break our hearts. Or heal them. We’re raw and vulnerable. We need inspiration. The Nucks players really need inspiration. And inspired performances by more that 4 or 5 players a game.
Will all our needs be met? Stay tuned (out).