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RECAP #32: NUCKS WIN! Demko Defeats the Sens 3-2 in OT

Nucks WIN the Battle of the Bottomfeeders - Barely

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Ottawa Senators
All’s Well That Ends Well... Pretty Much
Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Pre-Game Checklist: (courtesy Raddy)

Game Achievement List

1 – Win the game - CHECK

2 – Hit a Tkachuk - CHECK

3 – Bo scores on the PP - NOPE

4 – Not need to set 4th consecutive team high in blocked shots because you actually prevent the opponents from shooting so much for a change - NOPE and NOOOOPERS!

5 – Only 2 Fedlers - NOPE, not even close.

We can claim that #1 was the important thing. And it is. How it was accomplished and almost not fulfilled is a debate for another NM drinking game.

Demmers is saving games, stealing games and the other 18 Nucks are happy to assist in grand larceny.

WHAT HAPPENED

The Nucks are playing daytime hockey in the eastern provinces. They’re the fresher team. If not for the flying backwards forwards in time thing.

The Sens are playing their 2nd game in as many nights. They’re exhausted and probably feeling elated having beaten that other team from the most important part of Ontario.

And yet, it was the Nucks who looked tired. Sluggish. Sens were out skating, out shooting the Nucks early and often.

But... like an 8th place team in a 7 team division, Sens had their home bakery open for fresh turnovers. Surprisingly fresh.

And the game thread was hungry...

old “friend” Erik Gudbransen

commits a turnover that’s so bad that all the Nucks couldn’t handle it because there were too many of them to take advantage of it — Raddy

Hungry for more...

Boy, that turnover...

That’s like, the most awful turnover you can image.

Keep it up, Sens. — Raddy

Still the Nucks battled jet-lag, poor passing and tried to play at the Sens level.

Or just above it. Thankfully.

Howie (Jayce Hawryluk - former Sen) opened the scoring for the Nucks. Getting the 1st goal of the game is vital on the road. Later we’d discover so is getting the 2nd goal.

While the Nucks were busy getting out shot 5 6 times over, the Sens bakery was cooking up some sweet dishes.

The Nucks lead 2-0 after 1 and that’s all the scoring Demmers will need.

After 2, tho...

Thoughts on this game for the first two periods...

Battle of the bottom feeders

Tilt of the turnover machines

Undulations of the underachievers

Lazy Sunday drive of a game. — Twitchy

All those great lines play better than the Nucks did. Give up a goal in the 2nd - that Fedler skate... and yeah... late in the 3rd. Altho the Nucks did have some energy and pushback early in the 3rd.

THE FEDLING

Too much Fedling. However, could be said the Sens out-Fedled us. They still lead the Nucks (barely) in the league’s Goals Against Award.

So many shots against. Demko is the 1st star of the game. Again. Shots 46-28 for the Sens. Great for Demmer’s SV%, but doesn’t look so good in the sustainable hockey stats.

game of the giveawayers — Twitchy

Both teams gave away double digits of hot steaming turnovers. Sens gave more tho, 16-12.

Too many penalties. At least the Sens PP is still pretty bad, went 0 for 4. Nucks PP matched it, but with a 0 for 1.

Not enough shot blocks. Just 14. That’s 10 less than last game.

Some might say... Nucks could find some ways to keep the shooting gallery count to... uh... under 32. Especially since Holtz is going to have to play behind the Grand Fedlers on this trip.

Nucks played a no-hitter. Out hit 28 to 11.

This has been like

watching a jr game with nhl salaries. So much lack of concentration by both teams, so many mistakes. Brutal shit. — Twitchy

Oh well... some shit is timeless. Unfortunately.

THE RECOVERY

All’s well that ends well. And Mr. Miller with the canny timing of Bo and Huggy, scores the OT winner and we’re not sitting around the recap tire fire roasting Fedlers.

To take the edge off the jarring time change, at least the 2 Johns can highlight the good things.

GAME STATS (So many shots. Not enough blocks)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Canucks
VAN
28 50% 0/1 8 11 14 12
Senators
OTT
46 50% 0/4 2 28 14 16


SHOT COUNT (So many shots. Not for the Nucks tho)

Period VAN OTT
1st 9 18
2nd 7 11
3rd 11 17
OT 1 0
Total 28 46


PLAYER STATS (Demko Stats)

# 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 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 20:40 2:00 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 54 23:30 2:00 3:26 0
13 J. Hawryluk 1 0 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 10:38 --:-- --:-- 0
18 J. Virtanen 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 13:56 --:-- --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 58 19:22 --:-- 4:43 0
21 L. Eriksson 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10:47 --:-- 5:00 0
36 N. Hoglander 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14:51 0:03 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 0 1 1 1 0 2 2 2 1 3 1 0 47 20:07 2:00 --:-- 0
56 M. Michaelis 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6:08 --:-- --:-- 0
70 T. Pearson 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 19:41 1:57 2:51 0
71 Z. MacEwen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5:58 --:-- --:-- 0
96 A. Gaudette 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 33 11:35 --:-- --:-- 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 2 3 0 3 0 4 0 0 16:38 --:-- 1:23 0
23 A. Edler 0 0 0 0 -2 5 0 5 1 2 0 0 24:35 --:-- 6:37 0
27 T. Hamonic 0 0 0 0 -1 4 2 4 0 2 1 0 16:03 --:-- --:-- 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 2 0 19:51 2:00 --:-- 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 2 1 23:58 --:-- 6:37 0
88 N. Schmidt 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 18:34 --:-- 1:23 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
35 T. Demko -- 44 46 41–43 3–3 0–0 44–46 .957 0 61:40


It’s after dark in the eastern press zoom room. Some moods are darker than others.

There’s good news and bad news with this win.

The good news is the Nucks didn’t play well and still won. The bad news is they have to face the Sens again for another round of afternoon hockey on Wednesday.

Worse news, have 2 more games in that far eastern UninHabitable province. Worse, it’s a B-2-B series. And you know what that means...