The good news in this meaningful loss is that it wasn’t a collapsolypse.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is there wasn’t any comebackolypse that shattered Torts dreams of road game superiority.
After the multi-multi-goal game against the Avs, we might expected more goals. Canucks goals.
Instead of jumping out to the early lead and scoring early and often to push for home rink payback, the Nucks let le bleu vestes play a near perfect road game. That’s not right.
Sure, the BJs are fighting for their playoff spot in the east, but according to NM special points mathematicians, the Nucks are fighting to cling to a wildcard spot in the west. Although, fighting might be too feisty a word.
With that positive payback push ready to jump over the boards, let’s get this low chance of happiness game going.
Happily, the Nucks keep the road team from scoring the first goal in the first.
Unhappily, the road team kept the home team from a similar and vital goal.
Nucks outshoot the blue visitation 6-3.
Single digit Nucks shot count means good and bad things. Mainly bad, but let’s save that for later.
It’s later and the Nucks seem to be controlling play. Seems is the key here. Because while the Nucks get a few good chances, they get too much post and bar.
And Toffoli got it past the Elvis impersonating goalie, but not quite over the line.
The Nucks get their 2nd PP of the game. We didn’t notice the 1st one, except that the Nucks didn’t score. On this one the Nucks had some chances, but well...
lol poor roos
he just cost us a goal twice on the pp — Twitchy
And then the game took a turn for the worse. The Nucks had been pretty good at covering players in the middle.
But, Eddie blows a skate tire and his coverage behind the net. It’s like the Nucks forwards don’t seem to care when their own D have an issue - not their problem.
Puck comes out front and Stetch must decide in milliseconds which open Blue Jacket to cover. He decides wrong. Goes the wrong way to cover the open guy furthest away. Leaving the closer guy to tee up a perfect shot up top that Demmer had no chance to stop.
The thing that chafes my delicate NM undies is... it was a Columbus 3 on 5 goal. All the Nucks forwards were either waiting for the magical clearing pass or instructions from NM on what to do with their millions in the off season - which is closer than it appears.
No matter. The Nucks have learned their lesson and are fully pumped to score their way out of trouble.
Or are they? Seems to be some secret bench code that the only way to beat Elvis is with a perfect play made in Graceland.
The game thread responds, perfectly...
too many passes. Is it 2016 again? — Twtichy
Got to a level where even the non-revellers in the ROG were shouting: “SHOOT! SHOOOOOT! SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!”
It’s the last 30 seconds of the second and the Nucks have decided to make the comeback at a later date. At least they’ve learned their lesson about defensive zone coverage.
And then forgot that a goal scored in the last seconds of the second counts like goal scored in the first or middle seconds of the second.
It appeared to be icing on the BJ entry, but not according referential geometry.
This time, just a little coverage mistake from the 5 man unit, starring Roos. BAM! Down 2-0 to the Jackets.
Game thread is not worried.
Lazy fire wagon defending — jimmi
Canucks: “Meh, there’s lotsa season left, why should we give a fuck about defense? Or scoring?” — Twitchy
The good news is... the Nucks held the Jackets to just 7 shots. 2 goals on 7 shots. The Nucks get 0 goals on 9 shots.
That’s a great setup for a great comeback.
Before we jump right back into the game, the BJs come out and hem the Nucks in their own zone - get 5 shots in the early minutes while the Nucks get none.
It’s 5 minutes in and the shots are 9-2 Jackets.
Jackets room duing intermission: GO HARD AND PLAY YOUR BEST PERIOD OF THE ROAD TRIP!
Canucks room during intermission: it’s ok guys, as long as your having fun. — Twitchy
Finally there’s some proper pushback. From the game thread.
one too many fucking passes. Jeezus SHOOT THE FUCKING PUCK! — Twitchy
And cooking angry...
What the everfrickenloveshyte
Is this crap? I cook for a few hours and this happens? Oh hells no! I am the pissed — Chicky
And then just when the NM game thread automatic anger and frustration auto-shut-off was about to trigger, Pete is triggered. Takes an elbowing penalty when trying to protect himself from a hit.
”I have that sort of shit happen to me 5 times a game and you never call it, but NOW you call it on me?” — radivel
The legendary Nucks PK, kills off the penalty.
But, Pete is angry. When Pete goes to the box angry, he comes out the box angry - an anger that demands and gets satisfaction.
On anger mode. I likey — Chicky
That’s the high point of the period. Alien anger channelled for the good of NucksNation. No shutout for Elvis.
I want to say that Pete’s level of compete caused the rest of the Nucks to raise their level of compete and get inside the Jackets 40 man triangle that protects their goal. To score. Twice more.
But, I can’t.
Here’s a brutal stat.
Columbus: 4th best GAA in the league.
Vancouver: 20th best GAA in the league.
Columbus is a very stingy team. Not welcome here during the stretch.
The Nucks try and try, but they can’t break the broken-down faery-ridden exhausted road team.
Guess it could have been worse... at least this time the Nucks didn’t give up an EN goal. Jackets win 2-1.
Just give up 2 critical points they can no longer afford to hand out as part of the ROG gift basket.
This new Nucks team is more frustrating with every loss. They have the talent to win most games. But choose not to compete like their playoff lives depend on it.
At least we can depend on the 2 Johns to compete for our shortie attention spans.
GAME STATS (looks better than it was)
PLAYER STATS (Yay Petey!)
|#||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|
Pete is playing angry. Angry Pete is scary to watch. We like that.
“I was angry. It woke something up inside of me. I saw the puck, so I wanted to race and score a goal. I use my anger as fuel.” - Pettersson pic.twitter.com/jmJCILq9WC— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 9, 2020
It’s a loss and Bo must take the platitudes on the nose.
“It’s frustrating. Give them credit, they defended really well tonight. We got a second wind on the Petey goal, but we’ve got to figure out a way to get that done." - Horvat pic.twitter.com/brGcockDL0— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 9, 2020
Over in the Green ‘Still Learning’ Room, the mood is a tad upsetting.
And here we are. 2 home losses and 1 win. Does that put a little pressure on the kids to win on Tuesday?
Hope so. Have to play great. For the full 60 minutes. Not just pretty good for 40. Also... fer cryin’ out loud, can the Nucks learn in 48 hours or less, to never let their assignments slip. And when they do, ensure a teammate is there to cover for the special moments.
Not asking for much. Just a 500 homestand. Not the 1 in 4 win ratio that was all the thing on the road.
Enjoy your hand sanitising Monday and be ready to roar on Tuesday.