What a difference a day spent in rain and wind in a different zone. No, not the moan zone, because in that zone no one can hear you cringe to a million.
Instead the Nucks players took the time, less an hour, to reflect on the worst loss of the season and were determined to find the effort that costs tens of millions to assure.
Perhaps I was
hugely somewhat deflated by last game’s replay of 30 games from last season in under 60 minutes. Or maybe the Nucks just didn’t play well.
Whatever. This game the Nucks played better against a worse team. 1st period follies excepted. Or were they?
First line and 1st unit PP having a hard time creating offence. — Westy
Doesn’t matter. Because... good things are going to happen. How do I know this? Because recaps aren’t subject to real time queasy feelings.
Any win over the fawking Hawks is a great victory. Especially with Burr
owoughs on the ice. Sure, it’s an old and stale rivalry, but old and stale rivalries are never stale, just old. And stale.
The Huggie we love to see succeed was succeeding on the ice. Much better performance than last game where he was invisible.
Even better, the roar of a tiny tempest in a nano-rumpot at NM Panic Command And Uncontrolled Heaving was heard over the din of other smarter observers.
Road Rule 1: Get the 1st goal
Highmore gets the sweet apple on Dickie’s 1st Nuck goal.
Tic-Tac-Toe ❌⭕️— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 22, 2021
Höglander ➡️ Highmore ➡️ Dickinson pic.twitter.com/yCD6Wv6d0M
Highmore: an assist
Gaudette: healthy scratch again
We win the trade! — Raddy
Leading 1-0 in the 1st after the (barf if you had to watch it) Kane tribute, that’s pretty good. Getting stung by a Kane pass on the PK 2 minutes later, not so much.
We don’t have to care. Because Pearson is a very caring player. He cares about making Huggie’s shot a tip of the toast on the night. GWG right there!
Hard work pays off @tannerjpearson pic.twitter.com/3jB2RC9lQz— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 22, 2021
Here’s something good, we haven’t seen in several periods. A Nucks PP goal! Not making it up. Brock did. 5-on-3.
"That's a pure goal-scorer's goal." pic.twitter.com/WswqdMG0t8— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 22, 2021
The Nucks took a 2 goal lead into the 3rd and extended it. Read that sentence again. It will seem like it happened more often as the season drags on.
While some players like to shoot for the EN when the net of emptiness is but a smudge on their visor. Another player likes to break in on net and make sure. Garland is a total upgrade on Loui.
Not fond of glamourizing player stats, especially as it can lead to tedious pre-game tributes in foreign countries.
Am I the only one that felt assaulted after catching 8.6 seconds of the tribute, or is that just me? — Chicky
Not alone, but, this is a Quinning stat we can all gather round and gush about. Until next game.
Impressive indeed https://t.co/vqtxTHWCIB— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 22, 2021
THE NOT SO GOOD
Westy’s #FireGreen campaign took a step back. But so did the the top line’s play 5 on 5. Reuniting the lotto line was important - for fan sanity and bladder control - but they were too easily hemmed in. Hemmed in their own end too often.
I think we are seeing why Green hasn’t been playing the lotto line...they look like absolute garbage in their own zone. Boesers not himself and miller is miller, brainfarts and all. — Twitchy
But Pete is carrying his weight, right?
Petey needs to start being more of a threat. He has been largely ineffective for the past 4 periods. — Gwailoh
Yes, the Nucks PP, 5-on-3 edition scored, but went 1 for 4 on the night. As did the Hawking team that haven’t had a lead in any game they’ve played so far.
I’m not saying the Nucks PP needs to be deadly every game, but 50% effective couldn’t hurt.
THE SORTA FUGLY
Sure, the Newish Look Nucks got - finally - a regulation win over a weaker opponent. So that’s good. But, it’s 2 games too late for cart wheels and victory tap laps.
The lotto line needs to get their windfall mojo going. As soon as possible. When they win games, we win game threads. And not to put too pointy a sore point on it - after the Sabre-rattling we endured last Tuesday - we fans deserve a hattie. Or just 3 goals from the top line next game. And 2 from the 2nd. And 1 from the 3rd. And a couple shorties, ok?
John Hirshie call the 1st Reg win of this long and twisted roadie season.
GAME STATS (a win is the best stat of all)
SHOTTY SPOTTY (get outshotty not totally snotty)
PLAYER STATS (Engage Engagement Mode)
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|#||Defense||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
This road presser was the best presser yet. Just ask Brock.
“It’s a huge bounce back. We talked about our effort and compete level, it was a big response from our team and we need to carry it into Seattle.”— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 22, 2021
Brock Boeser#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/suvG4gat8W
Game’s 1st star and our SAVEior likes what the team did in front of him...
“There was some stuff we wanted to clean up and we sustained a full 60 tonight. It’s a long roadie and it’s important for us to start the year with a good feeling.”— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 22, 2021
Thatcher Demko#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/82875dtrSz
Over in the Greening Room, it’s all hard and smart on the words. Sorry, Westy.
“Not a lot of mistakes made by our group. We managed the puck well, played a smart game and a hard game.”— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 22, 2021
Coach Green on his team’s performance#Canucks | @theprovince pic.twitter.com/UGUjs1shUl
If case you missed it during the exuberance of the opening good section, any win over the Windy Waifs is a great win. Something to build on. Not gloat on. Gloating is special work that is best saved for us fans. We haven’t gloated well in too long.
The last game of this roadiculous trip is finally near. In a time zone that is close to home. In a rink that is close to home. Against a smug billionaire who spent $850M to watch his team lose its 1st home game.
And lose they must, since these new expanded upstart teams need to spend years toiling in the league basement as is tradition. What happened in Vegas can stay there, thanks.
Enjoy this almost commanding victory over a former foe. For an hour or so. A new and uglier foe awaits. This historic meeting of an old and storied (we have lots of stories) franchise and a new vanity team with a silly name will become one for the ages. Or a couple days.