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RECAP #15: NUCKS Win! A Goal! Drop Game 5-1 to CoTU

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Keeping the streak alive at 4. It just feels like 10.

Vancouver Canucks v Toronto Maple Leafs
Special Ed Class in Session on Saturdays too
Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

THE FUGLY:

Where to start? At the beginning? Ok. For the seemingly 15th time, the Nucks give up a couple early goals in the 1st. The team is fragile - haven’t come back this season on the road (or at home) when down. And now they’re tired and fragile. Except Loui. He’s fresh and ready to play tired and slow.

They knew they had to start better - just like the previous 3 games. And just like the previous games, they didn’t start better. They weren’t ready. Again.

Tonight it was Eddie taking 2 penalties early - to be fair the PK killed 1 out of 2. The next goal was a fail to clear and another view of how Chatty isn’t ready for the big leagues.

Few Nucks are ready for the big leagues.

Game thread were padding the stats, just in case...

Shot attempts 10 minutes in

Toronto: 14

Vancouver: 1

Ugh — Twitchy

Juice on HNIC said:

I see a lot of mistakes - ...they’re doing everything wrong - ...what is the team identity?

Not to put too fine a point on it.. but nearly the entire team needs a definition of the term ‘team’. The Nucks aren’t playing for each other or trusting each other. Or trusting their systems.

Nucks are playing like a group of frustrated, disconnected individuals in a Covidian bubble.

The nerves are fraying and Holtby is putting the stink eye on... Miller.

Altho JT did score a goal in the 2nd period - it just didn’t count, because Nucks luck. To be fair, Miller did back check at least once. Early in the game before his legs turned to mush.

They were some good Nucks shifts - statistically had to happen - but not 60 minutes of them. Not 45 minutes. Maybe 20(ish) 10(ish).

Pete has succumbed to Nucks luck too.

60 Goals! That’s how many goals the Nucks have given up. League leading horrible stat. It’s a crappy stat.

Hauling The Nucks Culture To The Big Pit of Crap
jimmi cynic

It was bad enough playing another game in the CoTU - but it gets worse, playing another game in the CoTU on HNIC. Double troubling...

GAME STATS (Seems uh... familiar)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Canucks
VAN
28 46% 1/4 8 25 10 10
Maple Leafs
TOR
31 54% 1/4 8 16 15 21


PLAYER STATS (Everyone Gets A Goal - everyone named Brock)

# 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 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 2 1 18:22 6:08 --:-- 1
9 J.T. Miller 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 18:49 6:08 --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 55 15:15 1:27 4:05 0
21 L. Eriksson 0 0 0 0 -2 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 9:16 --:-- --:-- 0
26 A. Roussel 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 1 1 0 13:22 --:-- 3:32 0
36 N. Hoglander 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 14:35 1:27 --:-- 0
40 E. Pettersson 0 1 1 1 -1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 71 18:53 6:08 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 0 0 0 0 -2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 40 18:09 6:08 --:-- 0
64 T. Motte 0 0 0 0 -1 1 2 1 7 0 0 0 0 17:17 --:-- 3:51 0
70 T. Pearson 0 0 0 0 -3 3 0 3 2 0 2 0 0 13:57 1:27 --:-- 0
83 J. Beagle 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 47 14:05 --:-- 3:18 0
95 J. Bailey 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 6:32 --:-- --:-- 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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 16:16 --:-- 3:41 0
23 A. Edler 0 0 0 0 -2 1 4 1 2 0 0 0 16:22 --:-- 3:35 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 1 1 1 -2 2 0 2 1 0 0 2 20:51 6:08 --:-- 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 1 1 0 26:10 1:27 4:25 0
63 J. Chatfield 0 0 0 0 -4 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 13:23 --:-- 0:58 0
88 N. Schmidt 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 1 1 2 21:06 1:27 2:07 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
35 T. Demko -- 0 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 --:--
49 B. Holtby -- 26 31 21–25 5–6 0–0 26–31 .839 0 59:57


Selected Nucks players get to talk the talk. They looked so tired during the game... and now this.

The losing streak is scheduled to be capped at 5 games. Monday can’t come and leave the CoTU quickly enough.

The old hockey adage about not getting too high or too low might be worth remembering. The Nucks high was months ago. The lows can still get lower. So...

The Enlightened Hockey gurus state not to focus on outcomes. Just stay in the moment, focus on the process. But, the Nucks process is terrible!

Maybe best to not focus at all. But, the Nucks are already not focusing....

OMG! The Nucks are trapped in a hockey koan!

What’s the sound of one puck rebounding? Don’t care. What I want to hear is the sound of one Nucks team rebounding. Soon. Or else.