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PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 GAME 3: NUCKS Lose 3-2 To The Refs, Blues

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St Louis Blues v Vancouver Canucks - Game Three
Douchebaggery Nets a Stetch
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

Just let me start quietly. FFS!!!!!!!!

This was a game that could have put the Nucks up 3-zip. That dream is busted.

So are the NHL officiating ‘standards’. Ok... there’s nothing standard about the reffing in this game (and the previous one). In the last game the refs were blind. In this game there were blind and their braille reading devices were offline. Until they could spark up and spell Canucks.

I know, the NHL playoffs have a special no-look rulebookbrochure, that is supposed to spice up the show. But all it does it make the little bit of credibility these beer league refs have turn to deliberate green beer bias.

Anyhow, we’re not here to report on the crap reffing, we’re here to complain about losing Myers because of the crap reffing.

Stetch had to step up and fill-in the size 28 skates. Stetch isn’t built for 25+ minutes of ice time. Or 20 minutes of getting runover time.

Oh well... this loss is probably just what we needed. We didn’t, but just pretend along with me. We needed this loss because the pressure of maintaining a 6 game win streak would be more than our livers could support.

Anyhow, let’s get this ref-winning game on the ropes.

1st Period

This game started like the last one. With the Blues dominating for the first couple minutes.

And some more after that.

And after that.

Are the Nucks missing Meyers in the 5 on 5 game?

Yes, but what about the Nucks PP?

They get one. Game thread is excited.

PP time — Chicky

Got here just in time

for a power play goal! (I hope) — Twitchy


everyone’s stick can explode…that too… — Twitchy

And then it’s back to the grind.

Lots of hitting and not many chances so far — Westy

And so on.

Lots has happened

and yet, nothing has happened. — radivel

But still... time passes us by and the scoreless tie remains impervious to being untied. The Nucks get outshot 11-8.

And the penalties. No worries. The max 3 penalties a period quota wasn’t close to being exceeded.

1st Team Penalty
06:10 STL Brayden Schenn Slashing against Troy Stecher

2nd Period

It’s pretty clear by the refs staying behind for some free merch from Berube that they won’t call anything against Blues.

But, then the Blues get greedy. Want to go 6-on-5 in the o-zone. But that’s kind of an automatic call - which the refs will apologise about later - or even up later.

So... it’s a...

Canucks PP — Westy

— Only because the refs were forced to. — radivel

Anyhow on their last PP of the game - I’m not making this up! On the last Nucks PP of the game not even a minute into the 2nd, the Nucks PP does what it likes to do.


It’s Miller time! From Huggy and a sweet stretch pass from Pete.

We’re winning! The Canucks have scored the first goal of the game in every game this series.

Canucks PP has been amazing

1-0 Canucks — Westy

Best PP% of all teams in the ghost hockey league.

it’s so good that the Blues might start to play scared to take a penalty ever — radivel

That’s the underdog snarl.

And that puppy is put on a leash and run into the boards. With no more calls.

So far Marky is covering for missing Meyers. Stetch is doing the best he can. But, he gets steamrolled, spun around and slips into the always hazardous Rogers Place gravity well.

I’ll spare you the fire drill details, but not even Marky could extinguish the worst goal against of the game.

Ok, that’s not the worst one. Probably the next GA. Which happens soon after. And worse. It’s Stetch who gets burned again.

Although Benn is passable

I feel like the canucks are missing tyler meyers alot. Also, this is game 2 in a row with super special ed. He looks like a pylon out there. — Twitchy

And with that, for the first time in the series, the Nucks have let the Bloooozers have the lead.

But not for long. Because not only is the game thread outraged with that stat. Pete is too.

37 seconds later, Pete zips a laser (up high) past Allen.

Let’s watch that sneak Pete shot again. And not just because it’s the last Nucks goal of the game. But, because it’s the Alien patience and accuracy.

Also, because it’s the last Nucking goal for us on a freakin’ hot August night.

Oh... look... Huggy is matching records...

As the 2nd ends, we’re still waiting for Bo’s 1st shot of the game. And Brock’s 1st shot... of the series. Uh-oh. No worries, they both get on the shot count eventually... just not the goal count. Dammit.

While the Nucks were outplayed 5-on-5, which is part of the underdog ethos, the teams are tied on shots at 14 each.

And the pathetic penalty parade doesn’t even get close to main street.

2nd Team Penalty
00:35 STL Too many men/ice served by David Perron

The game thread is ready for a break. Not just the game thread.


we need this period break…the intensity level has been going progressively downwards this game. Coach needs to re-focus the team. That was such a sloppy period. — Twitchy

3rd Period

Re-focus? We need a D-corp revamp. Stat.

But, that’s not the underdog ethos. So Stetch gets to soldier on up and out his size level. He’s feisty, but needs to be a foot taller and 50lbs heavier. Peeron is shoving Stetch, Stech shoves back. Stetch gets shoved into Marky’s net.

Both get penalties. Nice consolation prize from the refs.

And the Nucks go 4-on-4 and make it look like...

jeez that 4 on 4

looked like a canucks 5 on 3 power play. — Twitchy

was wishing that it was someone else there other than Sutter

might have scored — radivel

Was like a minute thirty hogging the puck in the Blues zone. We could feel a goal coming. Or it might just have been getting some feeling in our feet after being on our tippy toes for so long.

Anyhow, the Nucks 4-on-4 clinic was ended by the stingy timekeepers and the regular Bloozer cheap and heavy shot hockey resumed.

Interference is something you get on the radio when driving over the Rockies. Not a penalty when it happens 10 times a shift by the big heavy boys.

the Blues are so good 5 on 5

this is where we’re missing Myers to keep the Blues out of sync, he makes sure it’s never 5 on 5 — radivel

The Blues are so good at heavy 5 hockey, because they have official sponsors.


took a stick to the chops…no call of course… — Twitchy

Pete is getting mugged continuously. Free style stick work by the blue thugs is ignored by the unattending refs. It’s ugly hockey. But that’s the way the league likes it.

Unless, known brute and agitator, Loui, accidently, and I must say, politely up on a Blues player, the refs go full dangerous crime lockdown mode.

Loui the Stick is sent to the sinbox for the final 2 minutes of the game. How convenient. For the thugs of blue.

uh oh

exactly 2 minutes left

2 minutes of power play

this is going to be tough — radivel

And tough it was. On the Blues PP. Motte, Sutz and the under-staffed Nucks D-corp put the game out of scoring reach for the former champs.

Nucks get outshot 12-9 in this final frame of a frame-up game.

OMG! Look at all those calls! Refs must be exhausted. Or comatose. Tough call.

3rd Team Penalty
04:25 VAN Troy Stecher Roughing against David Perron
04:25 STL David Perron Roughing against Troy Stecher
18:00 VAN Loui Eriksson Hi-sticking against Jordan Kyrou


No worries. The Nucks despite the lumbering lumber coming at them have held serve. Next goal wins.

But, the only way to ensure that, is another Nucks penalty. Because St Lois is the city of hockey angels, and Jake trips one of the innocents.

Unbelievably, the Nucks PK, now the dog-tired underdog PK, kills of the penalty.

The Liberty Blues are still taking liberties and the refs are still taking the no-see train.


all the bullshit they let the blues get away and they call that chincey shit? Man if I’m benning I’m calling the league tomorrow and freaking the fuck out on them. — Twitchy

Still anyone’s game. Could it be Huggy Bear to win this for NucksNation?

That’s a no. He goes for a skate behind the Bluser net and coughs up the puck on the boards and there was a clean Blue breakaway and a non-Marky save.

And now the Nucks lead the series 2 games to 1. Not horrible, but still...

7 minutes of ice for a tired Motte in OT. And just 4 mins for Pete.... what might have been.

Here’s the HNIC video snippiness.

GAME STATS (Not the ones we were looking for)

49 51% 0/2 6 46 12 24
41 49% 1/2 6 45 30 14

PLAYER STATS (oh my... Capt’n No Shots Bo)

6 B. Boeser 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 24:59 2:41 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 1 0 1 1 0 4 0 4 5 1 0 0 89 20:46 2:41 0:26 1
18 J. Virtanen 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 4 0 0 0 14:06 0:03 --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 47 19:04 0:03 1:27 0
21 L. Eriksson 0 0 0 0 -1 3 2 3 1 2 0 0 19:13 --:-- 0:23 0
26 A. Roussel 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 7:35 --:-- --:-- 0
40 E. Pettersson 1 1 2 2 0 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 100 23:14 2:31 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 0 1 1 1 42 25:14 2:41 --:-- 0
64 T. Motte 0 0 0 0 -1 4 0 4 7 4 3 2 100 24:17 --:-- 3:11 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 -2 5 0 5 3 2 0 1 22:06 0:03 --:-- 0
71 Z. MacEwen 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 9:04 --:-- --:-- 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 29 11:28 --:-- 2:33 0
4 J. Benn 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 1 1 0 18:42 --:-- 1:53 0
5 O. Fantenberg 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 5 0 1 20:45 --:-- 1:53 0
8 C. Tanev 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 4 1 3 2 0 25:51 --:-- 2:02 0
23 A. Edler 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 28:35 0:13 2:02 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 1 1 1 0 5 0 5 1 1 1 0 27:31 2:41 --:-- 0
51 T. Stecher 0 0 0 0 -3 1 2 1 2 2 1 0 25:20 0:03 --:-- 0
25 J. Markstrom -- 46 49 46–49 0–0 0–0 46–49 .939 0 75:06

Anyhow, with a depleted D-corp and the sniper Toff still out, the underdogs almost won this game against the NHL official-backed former champs.

If the refs had called this game as badly as the previous one, the Nucks would have had more PP time and more goals.

A disappointing loss, but not unexpected in the brave new bully bubble hockey series.

How’d the guys feel about it?

We’ll be ready to go on another hot night in August. We’ll get re-hydrated, re-livered and ready for more. And maybe... some refs with a superficial understanding of fair play. Nah... that’s asking too much. Happy Bubbling NM!