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Textbook Wild Lockdown Hockey - Nucks Have Been Studying

Vancouver Canucks v Minnesota Wild
Brock with the GWG - so early too
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

Our celebration period over. And a new one is yet to begin. We have to get up early in the morning and so do the Nucks.

This game is starting before we’re ready for bubble hockey. But we’re ready for a ZackAttack. Since Ferlie is out of the series, possibly his career, Zack is slotted in.

What can we predict for this tilt?

Har-har pushback on Pete. Check.

Zack makes an impact? Check.

Myers rests up in the box? Check.

Marky gets the SO? Super Check!

Sure, it’s far easier to make these predictions in hindsight. It’s summertime and the predictions (postdictions?) are supposed to be easy.

What appeared to be a tough game turned out easier than it looked. And it looked nasty for most of the game.

Easier because Marky was dialed in. The Marquis de Save was making tough saves look easy. His anticipation was sharper than the game thread on a Thursday liquid lunch break.

Let’s get this goose egg hunt going!

1st Period

It’s a full contact chippy chess match. We know this because the refs were exhausted by mid period and still had a plethora of calls to make. And not to Toronto. That’s good news for us. But, we didn’t know that yet.

It’s the playoffs, but it’s not. Refs have been instructed to call this playoff play-in like it was a regular season game. Or edgy pre-season tuneup game.

Just a minute in and both teams have a player in the box. Myers for the Nucks, because he has a quota to meet.

The 4-on-4 show was just for show.

The teams get back to the real meat of the period. Taking more penalties. Or as we call them in the game thread... wild cheap shots.

1st Team Penalty
00:54 VAN Tyler Myers Holding against Joel Eriksson Ek
00:54 MIN Jordan Greenway Tripping against Jake Virtanen
10:51 VAN Antoine Roussel Interference - Goalkeeper against Alex Stalock
16:13 MIN Mikko Koivu Slashing against Zack MacEwen
18:06 VAN Brandon Sutter Roughing against Luke Kunin
18:06 MIN Luke Kunin Roughing against Brandon Sutter
19:40 MIN Eric Staal Roughing against Tyler Motte

Not everyone is ecstatic in the game thread with this extended tie format.

Liking stetcher’s play

this period. I don’t like the idea of the Canucks playing a lockdown game though…they’re far too prone to brain farts to win a defensive battle. The canucks are best when it’s firewagon hockey. The coach would hate that though. - Twitchy

Both some farty assumptions and fireshadowing right there.

The Nucks aren’t pressing for the win in the 1st. They’re playing a patient game. Who has the patience for that? Not me, it’s lunch time.

Still... the Nucks did get a couple good looks... but...

Dammit Sutter - Westy

Anyhow... this rough period ends where it began. In the penalty box.

Shots are 10 apiece. Nucks have the edge in penalties, 4-3.

And, for now, both goalies remain unbeaten.

2nd Period

Since the table has been set. For lunch and then cleared, the refs have to dine on chippy cheap shots.

First to the box is Har-har for an egregious boarding smackdown on Pete. Then Har-har gets another penalty, for roughing on Miller. Who also got a roughing call on ... well... you know...

As it turned out after so many calls and intermittent hockey playing, the Nucks found themselves on the PP, for the eleventy-first time or so.

Unlike the previous eleventy failed attempts, the Nucks power play, the 4th greatest scourge of Middle Earth’s westeros league, scored. Really.

Not just any old goal either. It was the goal that Hershie was calling for all night day on 650radio. Make StopLuck pay for his aggressive play.

And who better in the entire mythic world of hockey to score than Brock. And who better to setup the winning goal of legend than Quinn and Pete.

Since it’s a legendary winning goal, we’re able to view it again - as legend states.

Although.. the protag/antag thing of legend was confusing some on-air crews...

Heh the announcer just announced that as

Minnesota Goal scored by Brock Boeser… - Twitchy

And the game thread reacted with Felix Catman reflexes

Do they know something we don’t? - Canta

With that minor rumour squished out with the left overs, all of NucksNation celebrated the winning goal.

We didn’t know we were celebrating the winner then, but celebrate we did, because since game 1 we decided it’s best if the Nucks get the 1st goal of the game.

And all the others in the game too. But we didn’t know that yet.

And it’s not like the Wild weren’t getting their PP chances.

Loui, loyal customer of Eddie’s Used Stick Emporium, was caught running the goalie, after being pushed into the goalie. It’s complicated.

Just watched that penalty again. Brodin stuck his leg out to trip Loui into his own goalie - Canta


Loui running

over the goalie. Should have counted as a goal, not a penalty. - jimmi

Anyhow... before I describe all the penalties in the period in 20,000 words or more, let’s just recap the usual 7 ‘events’.

2nd Team Penalty
08:00 MIN Ryan Hartman Boarding against Elias Pettersson served by Alex Galchenyuk
08:00 MIN Ryan Hartman Roughing against J.T. Miller
08:00 VAN J.T. Miller Roughing against Ryan Hartman
08:47 VAN Elias Pettersson Interference against Marcus Foligno
12:26 MIN Jordan Greenway Slashing against Zack MacEwen
16:37 VAN Loui Eriksson Interference - Goalkeeper against Alex Stalock
18:30 VAN Tyler Myers Roughing against Luke Kunin

The game thread weren’t concerned about the Nucks taking the last penalty of the period.


left his lunch in the box and didn’t want it to get cold - radivel

Period ended with the Wild leading the shot count 10-9 and the Nucks leading the penalty count 4-3. Oh... and leading the game 1-0.

3rd Period

With the safest lead in hockey assured, although we didn’t know that yet, the Nucks started the box parade early.

WTF? Myers

pick your battles - jimmi

Didn’t matter.

Because the safest lead in hockey was extended to the 2nd safest position by Roos!

holy Roos wheels

he motored - radivel

It’s 2-0 Nucks and with that scoring outburst over, the game could settle into the normal playoff format. Penalty parade.

Fiala-buster style. Richmond’s toughest D-man went the full Meyers on Failala who had bumped Marky.

The game thread were carefully monitoring the wild beings...

I sense a hint of frustration from the Wild...

Fiala getting on the scoresheet somehow - Canta

The home team (we’re the road team) was now getting desperate to put pressure on the Nucks. So... they took some more penalties. And the Nucks responded on their PP, with Jake taking his own penalty to relieve the pressure.

And then Meyers changed things up. Probably to confuse the desert course at the NM lunch thread.

Holy crap

Meyers played a shift and didn’t take a penalty! - Twitchy

he felt bad about it so instead of clearing it, he just passed it to the Wild player at the red line - radivel

More rough and tumble hockey and more penalties. And a moment where a sure goal into a half empty net was assured by Bo. Until he was mysteriously distracted by that swelling, stinky piece of leather.

Bo totally aimed for his glove there - radivel

That was a great save

Although anywhere on the near half of the net and that was a goal - Canta

That could have put the game away right there. Except it had already been fed and tucked into bed before lunch as part of the Marky perfect game concierge service.

But we didn’t know that yet.

However, there were some hints, some omens, but the game thread was a little nervy after a puck was whipped behind Marky near the goal line.

holy that was close

dangggg - radivel

It was going wide, and Tanev got to it before it reached the line. But yeah, close - Canta

The only thing that could distract from chippy hockey was... more chippy hockey.

The last Nucks penalty of the game was taken by Meyers Beags who wanted to check out the box view on his own.

The now Minnesota well-tamed home team are beyond frustrated, which is a small angry town near Savage, MN. With only a few minutes left to play, you just knew that Fiala would extract some revenge.

There was no way he was going to let Meyers win the penalty minutes matchup, so he slashed the stick out of Brock’s hands. Which kinda spoiled Brock’s break away.

But it didn’t stop the best power play of the period.

Instead of decreasing the lead in the last couple minutes, the Nucks increased it! That’s a good upgrade right there.

Even better we witness Pete’s first playoff goal! Sweeet!

Huggy with the lug up ice and perfect pass to Pete.

I know. Technically it’s a play-in game on the way to the playoffs, but sheesh, it’s NHL hockey in freakin’ August. We can call it whatever we like.



Shutting the Wild out in a grinding game???

The kids are breaking new grounds. This experience is priceless. - Atty

This game was the best game the Nucks have played in the entire grinding series. And this game was the grindiest so far.

Not to be outdone by the previous periods, there were 8 penalties awarded. Awarded has lost its shine and sizzle by this point. And each team won 4 boxes each.

3rd Team Penalty
03:44 VAN Tyler Myers Roughing against Zach Parise
05:35 MIN Kevin Fiala Roughing against Troy Stecher served by Mats Zuccarello
05:35 MIN Kevin Fiala Roughing against Troy Stecher
05:35 VAN Troy Stecher Roughing against Kevin Fiala
07:19 VAN Jake Virtanen Tripping against Jared Spurgeon
10:40 MIN Joel Eriksson Ek Holding against Loui Eriksson
13:21 VAN Jay Beagle Hooking against Kevin Fiala
17:35 MIN Kevin Fiala Slashing against Brock Boeser

Doesn’t matter.

What matters is the Nucks win this game. Decisively.

It even doesn’t matter we have to watch the highlights with the so-so HNIC calling team.

So many firsts. First Playoff SO for Marky. First playoff goal for Pete. And...

GAME STATS (Perfect Stats? Sure)

29 46% 2/7 22 21 22 7
27 54% 0/7 22 39 11 9

PLAYER STATS (Myers running away with the minutes. Box minutes)

6 B. Boeser 1 1 2 2 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 100 18:50 8:11 --:-- 1
9 J.T. Miller 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 64 19:39 7:18 1:49 0
18 J. Virtanen 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 9:59 1:59 0:01 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 3 1 1 0 0 33 15:30 1:31 6:06 0
21 L. Eriksson 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 12:44 --:-- 3:23 0
26 A. Roussel 1 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 5:22 0:57 --:-- 0
40 E. Pettersson 1 1 2 2 0 4 2 4 0 0 1 1 0 17:50 8:05 --:-- 1
53 B. Horvat 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 1 0 0 0 50 20:22 7:30 0:17 0
64 T. Motte 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 7 0 1 0 17:20 0:07 6:45 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 12:07 2:46 --:-- 0
71 Z. MacEwen 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3 0 0 0 5:00 --:-- --:-- 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 38 15:19 --:-- 5:52 0
5 O. Fantenberg 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 12:00 --:-- 3:20 0
8 C. Tanev 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 5 2 1 22:39 --:-- 8:22 0
23 A. Edler 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 4 2 0 23:09 0:58 8:55 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 3 3 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 22:47 8:26 --:-- 0
51 T. Stecher 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 1 0 0 11:09 0:19 0:42 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 3 3 0 0 1 19:35 3:02 3:11 0
25 J. Markstrom -- 27 27 19–19 8–8 0–0 27–27 1.000 0 60:00

Holy Motter! 7 blocks with a near Eriksson level of ice time at 17:20. Was he the key to 11 consecutive successful PKs? Yes. He and Marky.

While it took extra time to get this recap out of the lockdown - the results were worth it. At least it was too me. Besides it’s tough to type in the afternoon when you spend it dancing on the ceiling.

NucksNation is still getting treatment for terminal giddyness.

What about the guys? Let’s find out.

The NHL doesn’t like NM to have a game day without a hangover, we’re back on the drinking range again tomorrow. Probably best to just celebrate all night long.

Since we’re back on the night shift, let’s make it the best game thread on a Friday night in August ever, young Nucks permitting.