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RECAP #4: NUCKS WIN! A PERIOD! Get Out’d and Rout’d 5-2 by the Red CaFlucks

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Drop Confidence and Game Thread Drinks

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames
Demko enjoying the peaceful ice time
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Great. The game was just great.

Not for the Nucks or NM game thread. Unless you love 20 minutes of good Nucky hockey and 40 minutes of Nucky penalties, turnovers and own zone fire drills.

As bad as that 13 game stat might be, the continuing PP record was on the line again.

Would it be extended or broken?

Spoiler Alert: Extended.

Since I’m on full alert to spoiling my already bad attitude and yours... the PK was missing something again. Not saying Marky and Tanev. But... the goalie must be the best player on your PK. And on mine too. Just not on the Nucks.

They’ll get there. Whether future NM game threads will run out of their annual quota of cringes is another thing. We need to preserve our (non)professional fan sobriety sanity tantrums for later when we really need them.

Want to get started on 13 of this recap?

Me neither.

Oh well... here’s what happens to Canada’s most successful team from last summer’s playoffs.

1st PERIOD

The Nucks come out strong. They’ve learned their lesson.

There was urgency and even better, the Marquis Wall of Red was beaten.

With Miller back in the line up, you just knew that... Jake would score on a lucky bounce.

Yay! We’re winning the period! Winning the game!

It’s the bounce back game we expected hoped for. Half way through the period, we were contemplating Westy’s game thread intro:

if the Canucks win tonight and get the split, I will be happy. I wonder if a .500 team can make it to the playoffs this year?

Seemed an important point to consider. Later, it seemed less important than how Nucks scouting is going for this year’s draft.

Still, it was probably the best period the Nucks have played all season. Nucks outshot the Red Nucks 16-4.

The PP looked better too. Not on the scoreboard, but close enough to give us some (false) hope.

Some say it could have been 4-0 Nucks after 1. Others say even that wouldn’t be enough.

2nd PERIOD

What to do?

Nucks just played their best period so far. Can’t beat that. What to do?

Play their worst period of the season?

Sure, might as well get it out of the way.

The non-conscious decision was made to play sloppy, undisciplined and worse.

Much worse than even the best worst fire drill practice could create.

The Nucks lose the lead. Then fall behind by a goal. And another.

Pete takes another penalty. And worse, while Pete is in the box wishing he was on Mars or in Sweden, Myers gets a penalty for responding to Upchuck spearing Demko. It was a measured response - there was only a little blood chucking.

The Nucks PK sucks defending with just 4 players. However, while Myers was taking Pete on his summer home tour, the home team scores.

Answers the question no one in the game thread was asking:

Is the Nucks PK better with only 3 players in front (or behind) the (allegedly) best player of the league’s worst PK?

No.

The worst Nucks period of the season ends after 20 of the longest minutes of the season.

Not only do the Nucks give up 3 goals, they get out shot 20-3. That’s the worst margin in a very long time.

It’s the sort of stuff that makes this the worst Nucks period of the season. At least we hope it is.

3rd PERIOD

Speaking of hope. We won’t.

All we can faintly hope for is the Nucks get some mojo going and don’t go total collapsalypse.

They don’t. But they don’t score again. 5-on-5. Or the PP, of course.

But the smallest glimmer of too little too late yayness happens on the PK. Not only do the Nucks successfuly kill the last (of many - that’s 7 if you’re counting at home, under the couch), the last PK of the night goes on the attack. No, really.

Myers takes the puck into an area of the ice rarely seen in the previous period. The Red zone. Myers puts a shot on net. But not at the net per se. Was looking to pass to Rous. But an errant defending stick deflects the puck past Marky.

Didn’t really lift the dank dungeon of disgust off the game thread’s threadbare shoulders, but it does cut the the Red lead to 2.

And offers Green the option to get the reluctant Nucks offence to get offensive. Demko is pulled with 4 minutes remaining.

The Nucks best players respond with some good chances 6 on 5. And just when it looked like the Nucks might get the penultimate equaliser, the refs call a penalty on team Red.

It’s a Nucks 6-on-4 Power Play!

Oh great a power play

buh-bye momentum. — Twitchy

And while that PP had some scrambled chances, it didn’t score. Of course.

At least the Nucks PP didn’t have to suffer the indignity of giving up an EN. That EN was just a normal 5-on-6 goal in the last minute of the game.

The Red Menace wins again. This time 5-2.

That’s enough times, thanks.

GAME STATS (You might have seen these before)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Canucks
VAN
27 47% 0/4 14 14 12 9
Flames
CGY
32 53% 2/7 8 10 8 17


PLAYER STATS (don’t look down)

# Forwards GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
6 B. Boeser 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 19:23 5:23 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 50 18:31 5:23 --:-- 0
18 J. Virtanen 1 0 1 1 -1 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 9:23 2:27 --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 13:03 --:-- 5:36 0
26 A. Roussel 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 11:44 0:42 4:07 0
36 N. Hoglander 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 12:46 1:48 --:-- 0
40 E. Pettersson 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 2 0 1 0 0 18:59 5:30 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 59 16:38 5:12 --:-- 0
64 T. Motte 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 15:23 --:-- 6:34 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 16:37 4:33 0:42 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 46 14:18 --:-- 6:48 0
96 A. Gaudette 0 0 0 0 -2 5 2 5 0 0 0 0 50 10:48 2:42 --:-- 0
# Defense GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
23 A. Edler 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 20:48 0:01 8:04 0
27 T. Hamonic 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 2 1 2 16:34 --:-- 6:33 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 0 0 0 -2 3 2 3 0 0 0 0 21:56 5:33 0:09 0
48 O. Juolevi 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 1 1 2 0 7:55 --:-- --:-- 0
57 T. Myers 1 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 4 1 1 23:49 0:20 5:40 0
88 N. Schmidt 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 21:43 2:26 4:22 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
35 T. Demko -- 27 31 20–22 6–8 1–1 27–31 .871 0 56:17


Can the 2 Johns make the highlight reel lighter? We’ll never know. Thanks, NHL.

The 1st Nucks game looked like they hadn’t missed much of a beat since the summer heat of hockey.

In the last 3 games, the Nucks looked like a team with new players not familiar with the Green way to play. And experienced players of the Greening of hockey forgetting they make a lot of green to play a kid’s game at a pro level.

So many aspects of the team are messed up, why bother even mentioning that the Hamonic/Hughes pairing is not looking good - Myers/Hughes would be better. At least that’s what the experts say. On NM we’re all experts.

When the top line isn’t scoring - top line didn’t have any shots until the 3rd - with Miller and Brock not getting any shots on goal, the bottom 6 looking like they’re looking for Loui-isms and special teams being much less than special, is it time to tank?

No, it is not. But, the 20 minutes of pro hockey a game won’t get the Nucks to the playoffs - nor will a sub-500 record.

In this compressed season, 3 losses in a row is more like a 6 game sinking streak in the 82 game regular.

It was frustrating to watch. How was it to coach?

Remember when Pete was all about shooting and scoring? Now he’s added the goon factor - has 4x more penalty minutes than points.

Pete’s not dodging responsibility. Don’t think he intends to develop the goon game too much further.

At least this 3 game too long road trip is over.

And the Nucks are at home to play another team in a slump. Oh... that’s not a slump, Habs have a 2 game win streak. A win streak over the Oil. Who are tied with us and the Peg for last place in the division.

That’s not so bad.

Nucks have to face the well-structured Habs for 3 games. That’s horrible.

If the Green machine and the player cogs in it don’t get running smooth and strong soon, like by Wednesday, this 3 game losing streak might extend too far to recover anything but drafting spots in a few months.

No pressure.

Let’s end this sad recap on the power of rum gargling.

From Westy’s game thread intro:

let’s hope the Canucks are able to get 2 points out of Calgary, so I don’t have to call out players.

That’s a lot of long distance calling out. Drink it up, NM!