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GAME RECAP #13 NUCKS WIN! 2 Goals on Gibson - Get Ducked 3-2 In OT

Jobbed by our PK? Check. Jobbed by Gibson? Check. Jobbed by Refs? Check.

NHL: NOV 09 Ducks at Canucks
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If you were writing a hockey fiction story - which is like science-fiction without the boring science part - but if you were into hockey fiction, a cool motif would be a home rink 1st period time/event looping gimmick in every game. Just that no one would find it believable.

If you trying to write a ‘factual’ hockey recap where a home rink 1st period time/event looping performance was documented in every game, no one would find it believable. Except Nucking fans.

I feel like I’ve watched this game like 11 times already. — Twitchy

Life imitating art imitating farce imitating life imitating art imitating reruns...

This is like.. Fast and Furious movies. They all suck, they’re all sort of the same. Bullshit happens and you’re never satisfied. — Raddy

Do we still hate the uckly Ducks? Yes we do. Especially their goalies. Anaheim, probably because it’s so close to that source of dread in the happiest place in the world, has fielded magical goalies that put terrifying spells on our players. No goal spells.

It took until late in the 3rd with the entire NM Disenchantment team chanting other-worldly words like “Screen the Goalie! Screen! Scream We All Screen!” to break the gaze of enchantment of Gibbons the No-Goaling Wizard. That and a simple screen play.

It was horrible, period after period to witness Gibby’s poisoned magic fill the ROG with ShutOut dread, the curse was lifted and a goal was scored by our young snapshotters of scoring. And one more.

THE GOODish

We got a point. At home. Huge accomplishment.

Just after Miller was found to have not saved a goal that his skate kicked into his own net after Halak made a great save, JT was looking for redemption. And Pete was screening Gibby. Finally.

Because the refs make a bad call, the Nucks had to pull Halak, who allegedly tripped GetLaughs. The Nucks 5-on-5 PK performed something we’ve never seen before. Scored a short-handed goal, while 5-on-5! It’s a Alien Miracle!

THE FREAKIN’ FUGLIES

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the league’s worst PK got an early start, in yes, the 1st period, and yes, gave up the 1st goal of the game. FFS!

No team in the modern era has ever iced a sub-70% PK unit. Really? Yes, really (kind of). Your Vancouver Canucks are setting new league records! Dammit. (To be fair, Jets scooped the lead to the PK bottom, but that’s not our problem - that the Jets have twice as many wins, is our problem).

While the Nucking PP (which didn’t score on 2 chances - because Gibby) has too much talent - and iffy tactics to be denied every game. Most of them? Possibly, but good puck luck can happen to the Nucks PP too.

The Nucks PK? It’s not just unlucky, it’s under-manned. I know that’s the whole point of being penalized, but it’s still not fair. Refs shouldn’t give us penalties until Highmore and Motte return. Maybe Sutz, just to be sure.

We at the NM Comment And Sparkling Drinks Advise Center need to assist the well paid professional coaches on the Nucks with some PK mojo.

I’ll go first. Put Pete on the PK. He can score on the PK. We have a massive sample to prove it. But, he can’t block shots - only take them. That’s non-negotiable.

And 2nd, give our PK-D some spatial awareness training. Just because our forwards, until it’s too late, are reluctant to screen the opposing goalie, that’s no excuse for our D to screen ours.

I won’t mention getting jobbed by the refs with the weak tripping call on Halak while GettingLaughedAt dived. Nope.

If it weren’t for that violation of the sporting code - Pete wouldn’t have had the chance to prove himself as the PK’s saviour and scoring champ.

Nucking 5-on-5 play was better than the Ducks - until... that horrible 2-zip goal that CoTU had to horn in on and ruin the last Nucking ROG win of the year month homestand.

Nucks had 80 shot attempts on Gibblies and 43 shots. That should be enough to win any game. If this was any game from the Bubble Hockey era.

It wasn’t quite enough and the OT chances went the wrong way at the end thanks to the eveel sorcerer of goal-tending. A great good comeback story defeated.

Not that I’m running out (I am) of words about the Nucking PK, I’ve called on copey (again) to make sense of the 5th loss on home ice.

yup; they’re gonna turn the corner at sommmmmme point.... (let’s just hope before 2022; or 2023 if you’re jimmy)

it was the best effort throughout the game all year; they hung in, Millsy especially; still forced Halak to make too many High Danger stops, but he was fine

One thing I’ve noticed is that OEL has started to flag a bit; he fedlered a couple of shots at the Ducks blue line, and he missed the net on both his wide open shot attempts; he had a couple of giveaways too. Correspondingly, Hughes was better this game (never mind the penalty; he had to take that one). So I’m worried if OEL has already started to flag a bit / pout a bit.

Garland remains awesome, as does Podz, who has wheels, who hits, who backchecks, who forechecks, who shoots. He’s great, and Greener gave him a full load of minutes tonight, which was great to see.

Dickinson is still underwhelming to be sure. Can buddy kill a penalty or not? Not if Hamonic is screening the goalie (using his mind powers to screen coveed too....).

Burroughs was decent and laid a hit or two.

Last, I’m alarmed that Anaheim was rebuilt already, judging by this team. This bodes badly for our team of underperforming stars.

Fork Calgary too. Except Tanev and Marky. — copey

Thanks, copey, for trying. This isn’t a season that makes sense. It was a more sensiful season last summer. One of those cases where on-paper theory holds more wins than frozen water games.

Unlike some, not going to single out individual players - because that would take too much time/event looping. We know, all the Nucks know, pretty much all their coaches know, the Nucks must be much better if they want to achieve that lofty goal of 500 hockey supremacy in time for Thanksgiving. No, not the proper one. The other one that involves Black Friday sales.

Magical Video Replay

2 Johns help us understand NHL reffing in the modern era. Still... didn’t help.

GAME STATS (Gibby show ends well. Dammit)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Ducks
ANA
30 41% 1/4 6 16 23 5
Canucks
VAN
43 59% 0/2 10 6 13 4

SUPER SHOT COUNTING (Gibby Get ‘Em Almost)

Period ANA VAN
1st 9 13
2nd 9 15
3rd 9 12
OT 3 3
Total 30 43

PLAYER STATS (Miller taketh and giveth - Pete gets us a point)

# 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 2 2 2 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 2 20:44 3:33 0:49 0
8 C. Garland 0 0 0 0 -1 4 0 4 0 0 1 1 19:54 0:27 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 1 0 1 1 1 4 2 4 0 2 0 0 38 24:16 3:42 3:38 0
18 J. Dickinson 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 33 12:15 0:04 1:52 0
21 N. Hoglander 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 13:57 0:40 --:-- 0
40 E. Pettersson 1 0 1 1 1 6 2 6 0 1 0 2 50 20:20 3:16 0:49 0
53 B. Horvat 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 4 1 2 0 0 70 26:11 3:27 2:41 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 3 0 0 0 1 14:44 0:14 0:37 0
73 J. Dowling 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5:29 --:-- --:-- 0
91 J. Lammikko 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6:37 --:-- 2:00 0
92 V. Podkolzin 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 13:47 0:33 --:-- 0
95 J. Bailey 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6:14 --:-- 2:12 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 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 18:18 --:-- 4:38 0
23 O. Ekman-Larsson 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 1 1 1 19:52 0:16 1:33 0
27 T. Hamonic 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 1 0 0 19:50 0:04 4:38 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 2 2 2 0 3 2 3 0 0 0 0 26:45 3:40 0:49 0
44 K. Burroughs 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 13:05 0:04 --:-- 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 21:24 --:-- 1:18 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
41 J. Halak -- 27 30 25–27 1–2 1–1 27–30 .900 2 63:01

TEAM PRESSER

Pete had an ‘interesting’ game and comments.

Good game. Tough Loss. In the Miller lodge of pushes.

And of course, in the Green Room of Doom (a Westy term), the gloom of zoom saves the presser.

Hard fought game in the almost comeback? Sure.

However, getting a 2 game win streak on home ice shouldn’t be such a distant possibility. And yet, after 7 oppourtunities that’s a goal that’s proven as tough as getting more than a couple goals a game.

Fortunately, the horrible disadvantage of playing in the ROG with a roaring crowd cheering for you is over. The Nucks can now head out on the road and lose a couple games because playing on the road is tougher than at home.

That’s something to cheer us up. We don’t have to watch our team lose so many games at home. Feel better already, right?