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RECAP #7: NUCKS LOSE 5-2. With Dignity. Almost.

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Toffee Doesn’t Score - That’s Like A Benning Win

Montreal Canadiens v Vancouver Canucks
Holtby Gets Deked
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s a game 7 in the ROG in this crucial (almost) playoff series. Game Sevens have not been historically kind to us. The NHL knows that. That’s why we have to play 8 game sevens this 56 game playoff season.

And then the actual (we wish) playoff game sevens can hurt us all over again. But we aren’t there yet. Feels like we may not even have to worry about those. So that’s a worry off the NM Ring of Leaden Worry Beads.

After last game’s collapsocalypse our highest expectations we could hope for were the Nucks would lose a close game with dignity. They came close... but for that stupid 60 minute game rule.

Since I’m already emotionally compromised so early in the season, will skip dinner and just layout the juicy mouth-watering turnovers and brutal giveaways.

The Good:

Eddie is back from flirting with the Faeries. Some in NM still want him to flirt with retirement. But we’re not there yet.

Holtby stops Toffoli’s GM career-ending streak.

Pete breaks the near 7 hour drought! Gets a GOAL! Tippy Pete style.

Nils puts a sick backhand seeing puck past unseeing Price!

Nucks comeback to tie the game in the 3rd. Big (small) step up from last game.

PK does NOT give up a GOAL!

PP does NOT give up a GOAL!

Nucks don’t give up a goal in the entire 2nd period! But for that doucheroo one.

The Bad:

Myers atones for his sins with a ritual old skool hockey fight. How will he atone for being a -4 on the night? Too Tall Tyler is Too Many Tyler Minutes when other D aren’t available to put apples on the GA smorgasbord.

Eddie is back. And playing first pair minutes. With Myers.

Gaud is watching the game from high above. Must need some sacred press box time.

2 game Powerplay goal streak is over.

Comeback game winning streak hasn’t started.

The Fugly:

Too Many Tyler Minutes was directly involved in ALL the Habs goals. Including the excruciating tip on the douchexcruciating Perry goal.

Nucks comeback to tie in the 3rd. A (theoretically) possible loser point is available.

The availability drops to zero as the Nucks drop juicy turnovers like expletives in a game thread.

Fuuuuuuuuuuck

We should change the name to the Vancouver Turnovers — Twitchy

Huggie and Bo combine to have stick-fart turnovers at the worst possible moment. Stinky goal against. Not just because it was the game winning turnover of the game, but because it’s the game losing turnover.

Miller served his own turnover - offensive zone giveaway style. Creating the 2nd game winning turnover of the game.

The 3rd game winning turnover of the game was just a Myers shot interrupted and converted into a EN field goal. That’s not so bad. But still soooo fugly.

Finished:

To be fair, this was a much better loss than the last loss. Silver linings. Even if it’s a thin coat of silver-colouring scribbled with a ratty crayon.

The Nucks were credited with 11 Giveaways. That’s some big credit. Montreal barely got any giveaway credit with just the 1.

Nucks won the game on the hit side, 32-20. That’s how you win hockey games - when the turnover bakery is closed for renovations.

And worst of all... the game was part of HNIC. We don’t want any part of it.

GAME STATS (Same Lossy Result - But With Less Blowout)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Canadiens
MTL
33 39% 0/3 23 20 12 2
Canucks
VAN
25 61% 0/3 23 32 18 11


PLAYER STATS (Pete Gets A Goal! Nils Gets A Goal!)

# 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 1 1 1 -2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 18:39 4:37 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 4 0 2 1 44 20:09 4:35 --:-- 0
18 J. Virtanen 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1 0 1 14:23 0:37 --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 65 15:52 0:02 2:43 0
26 A. Roussel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 12:36 --:-- 1:53 0
36 N. Hoglander 1 0 1 1 -1 2 0 2 1 1 0 1 10:38 0:37 --:-- 0
40 E. Pettersson 1 0 1 1 -1 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 100 18:39 4:35 0:01 0
53 B. Horvat 0 1 1 1 -3 1 2 1 1 0 1 1 52 18:19 3:50 0:01 0
64 T. Motte 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 5 1 0 0 67 17:28 --:-- 3:22 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 -2 1 10 1 0 1 2 1 12:20 1:24 0:48 0
71 Z. MacEwen 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1 0 0 100 9:51 0:39 --:-- 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 75 12:39 --:-- 1:45 0
# Defense GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
8 J. Benn 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 3 1 1 15:39 --:-- 2:17 0
23 A. Edler 0 0 0 0 -2 3 0 3 4 2 0 0 22:01 --:-- 2:56 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 25:05 4:19 0:01 0
48 O. Juolevi 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 13:29 --:-- 1:51 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 -4 2 5 2 0 1 0 0 19:29 --:-- 2:58 0
88 N. Schmidt 0 1 1 1 1 3 0 3 0 2 1 1 18:28 0:55 0:28 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
49 B. Holtby -- 28 32 24–28 2–2 2–2 28–32 .875 0 58:41


Green confirms that turnovers are a natural portion of a healthy Nucks diet. Just need to restrict them to breakfast or lunch games. Or once a week snack.

Huggie Bear wants the Nucks to improve their diet too. Eliminate giving away turnovers and high calorie scoring chances against.

Certainly the Nucks could be better. You know what would be better?

Declare the first 6 games of the season as pre-season tune-ups. Nucks need some a lot of tuning up.

That’s not happening, but it was fun to pretend. And it’s not like we’re in last place in the division. No, there’s a team that’s behind us.

And they’ll be in front of us starting Monday. The Nucks play (really bad) hosts to the Sens for 3 games in the ROG. It’s our chance to atone for our slack performance. In NM game threads.

Could even be the best chance all crazy compressed season for the Nucks to win 2 of a 3 game series. Could happen. Maybe 3 of 3. Nah... no time to be greedy, even it’s the best time to be greedy

If the Nucks can put a couple wins in that far distant win column it would help them face the next losing streak on the road with plucky dignity.

No ordinary turnovers left on table. No more Grade A GA mass feedings. Nucks Turnovers? Just say no.