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GAME RECAP #12: NUCKS WIN! So Does The Nucking PP - Extinguish Stars 6-3

From Zeros To Heroes - Nucks PP Makes up for the past 18 times.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Vancouver Canucks
Demmers Got His Happy Dance On. So Did We.
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When this game started - in a different time zone than some expected - it had the appearance of some scary flashbacks. Ok, not that scary when you’d seen it so many times before.

I feel like I’ve seen this game before... — Raddy

It’s become almost a new ROG ritual. Give up the 1st goal of the game on the PK in the 1st.

Needs a snappier title. The PKationary Opening Position? Too wordy.

Pummeled Kave-In? Primary Kough-Up?

We’ll work on it at the NM Pithy Titling and Lamenting Center - pretty sure we’ll have lots of chances to be inspired.

Good grief. Yet again give up the first goal due to a garbage pk. — Twitchy

Despite giving up the 1st goal early in the 1st on, yes on the PK, the Nucks PP out-scored the almost fully aerated Nucks PK. No, really - it happened - but only when Westy wasn’t looking. See the fully doctored authentic replays below.

THE GOOD

After only 8 11 games of NM Power Play advise, counsel and desperate pleading, the Nucks PP 1st unit did the obvious - skate, move, change it up.

As they say... 18th time lucky, the 1st unit moves, shoots and scores! A Power Play Goal!

With Miller on the board, Pete moves out his tired and tired one-timer zone to blast a shot from that point on main street. Yay!

Those of you not watching at home - the Nucks scored on 2 consecutive power plays. I’m not making this up. It was pandemonium in the ROG. They’d never seen anything like that. This season.

The 25 shot drought for Pete finally broken with his first goal in the ROG. On the PP. Yay!

Sure, the Nucks PP can score, what about that 5 on 5 thing? Bo knows.

Sure... a soft defensive miscue and the Stars get one 5-on-5, but Garland was throwing a no-lookie Garland to Podz, who rocked the ROG with his all-world shot.

Oh man why can’t you guys execute that all the time, that was spectacular! — Raddy

Note: all those sweet Nucking goals were scored in the 2nd period. When was the last time the Nucks scored that many goals in a single period?

We’ll wait.

Ok, time’s up. Not since last season. Or maybe the one before.

But wait! The Nucking Power Scoring Machine isn’t stopping, just yet.

The Miller we love demonstrates how it’s possible to score on the PP from the Pete position - just shoot, not hesitate.

Pete got another apple on Brock’s EN to bring 3 Pete points to the game.

And, of course, Demmer had many 5 Star saves.

Demmer, the eternal 1st star of the game, thanks to Nucks defensive prowess. — Raddy

THE NOT TOO GOOD

Nucks have allowed 4 consecutive goals on 4 consecutive PKs since the no-stopper against the Preds. Do we still miss Motte much?

After the stunning consecutive Nucks PP goals, the PP went back to their fancy perfect play on the 5-on-3, which was as expected, not just not perfect, but too fancy to have goals and such.

jeez too fancy bo... — Twitchy

Oh well... going 3 for 6 on the PP is so novel, amazing and unexpected despite the pre-season expectations of having a top 5 PP again, we’re going to take this 50% PP solution to the NM lounge and swirl it back in big gulps.

Sure, the Nucks gave up a couple 5-on-5 goals on brainfarting forward to defense mushed up signals, but in this game the Nucks could outscore their PK, their half dozen fresh hot turnovers and lossy 1st periods.

The 2 Johns get to call so many goals!

GAME STATS (Look again - Nucking PP Won the Game! - almost)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Stars
DAL
28 43% 2/3 12 21 12 3
Canucks
VAN
36 57% 3/6 6 16 13 6

SHOTS? WE GOT ‘EM! (Lots of Them)

Period DAL VAN
1st 11 11
2nd 8 16
3rd 9 9
Total 28 36

PLAYER STATS (Miller Time X2)

# 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 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 20:58 6:11 --:-- 0
8 C. Garland 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 14:31 0:36 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 2 0 2 2 1 4 0 4 5 0 0 0 79 22:19 6:11 2:05 2
18 J. Dickinson 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 55 15:21 0:36 1:50 0
21 N. Hoglander 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 15:25 --:-- --:-- 0
40 E. Pettersson 1 2 3 3 1 4 0 4 0 1 0 1 18:43 6:11 --:-- 1
53 B. Horvat 1 2 3 3 2 6 0 6 1 0 1 0 50 21:20 6:11 --:-- 0
70 T. Pearson 0 1 1 1 1 5 0 5 0 1 0 0 15:54 --:-- 1:49 0
73 J. Dowling 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 100 8:16 --:-- --:-- 0
91 J. Lammikko 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 38 9:59 --:-- 2:22 0
92 V. Podkolzin 1 0 1 1 1 3 0 3 1 0 0 0 14:29 0:36 --:-- 0
95 J. Bailey 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4:47 --:-- 0:12 0
# Defense GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
5 T. Poolman 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 16:52 --:-- 2:08 0
23 O. Ekman-Larsson 0 1 1 1 2 4 4 4 0 1 2 0 19:31 0:36 0:26 0
27 T. Hamonic 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 18:43 --:-- 2:06 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 3 3 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 22:48 6:11 --:-- 0
44 K. Burroughs 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 13:55 --:-- 1:35 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 3 2 3 1 0 22:00 0:36 2:03 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
35 T. Demko -- 25 28 23–24 2–4 0–0 25–28 .893 0 60:00

Winning on the PP and winning the game by a huge margin, makes hockey fun to watch again.

PLAYERS PRESSING

He’s back! Sneaky Pete is on the mic.

JT had 2 goals (and had fun) and Garland got an apple and was hungry for more.

Over in the job-security-watch Green room, it’s happy chat night for a change.

It’s just one win. An expected win - or was before the Preds game. But after the poopy Preds game, and after the 1st period we were still looking for our expectations in the dimly lit sub-basement of crushed hopes.

One more home game for a chance to see a little tiny ROGing win streak. Is that asking so much?

No, it’s not. Whether it’s on this homestand or another one in a timeline far far away, it is theoretically possible. And as the NM Department of Applied Broken Theorems understands, in theory there’s no diff between theory and practice.

All it takes is creative power play practises put into practice. That and some PK wizardy we could steal from Grinches of Pitts. How do they have a 91.7% effective PK? Study up NM and send your tips to Shaw stat. He and the Nucking PKers will review your missives as soon as possible. In 6-8 games.

Enjoy this rare home win. I don’t like the sound of that phrase. Enjoy this unique home win - that’s better. It was a fun game to watch - other than those several few moments when it wasn’t.

Happy slightly raised expectation Sunday!