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RECAP #35: NUCKS WIN! (a point) Lose game 5-4 to the Habs in a stop too far period

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4 Game Win Streak Stopped Before It Could Get Excessive

NHL: MAR 20 Canucks at Canadiens
Nucks Battle Thru January Flashbacks

Pretty good road trip. Can’t be too unhappy about it. Other than being unhappy about more little things than big things. There’s big things we’re unhappy about, but those pre-date this road trip.

Weird games. Nucks won 3 of 4 points in the 2 game Ring of Poutine series. Habs won 3 of 4 points too. What? 6 points from 4 points available!? Yup.

All’s fair in love of Bettman hockey.

The Nucks have only won a single B-2-B series this season. And it was against Ottawa last January. Just about the only 2 games they won that month... part of the pre-dating thing.

The Nucks were lucky to get a single miserable loser point from this game - unlike last night where they deserved to win - in regulation. But for NHL officials...

Nucks were relying on their last road game of the trip strategy. Start tired and sluggish and hope for the best.

In the first, shots were 10-2 inverted colour jerseys. Habs out chanced the Nucks 6-0 and won the PP wheel of chances - after Zack sent a clearing pass up the middle which resulted in a fire drill penalty.

Game thread weren’t worried.

I see we’re back to normal

outshot 10-2 in the first

Stanley Cup, here we come. — Raddy

TWILIGHT ZONE HOCKEY

Despite getting outplayed, out shot in the first, there was something odd in the melted cheese continum.

It truly is a twilight zone night...

…the habs are the rags

…Ron Maclean sides with the canucks against the refs

…Virtanen scores a goal

What’s next, Roussel doesn’t take a penalty?? Edler doesn’t fedler?? Holtby makes a big save??? — Twitchy

Yes... Jake scored.

And more.

The stingy refs gave the Nucks a single power play. And Brock made them regret it.

Despite all the obvious Habitual infractions, the refs never called another penalty. In the entire game.

It’s true! We’re in the Stanley Cup Finals. In the HNIC Twilight Zone. At least the refs will be playoff ready.

Interestingly Edler’s

only had 1 fedler so far. TWILIGHT ZONE ALTERNATE UNIVERSE NIGHT! — Twitchy

And yet...

Miller in his own end...wtf

it’s like having two Edlers — Westy

Nucks get the lead in the 2nd.

Nucks lose the lead in the 2nd.

Nucks get the lead in the 3rd.

Nucks lose the lead in the 3rd.

And so on. Habs out-stinge us in OT and pot one more goal than our sharp shooters.

Holbty wasn’t horrible. Other than the 2 he should have. Weirdly... Holtz took the loss with a .900 SV%, yet Price gets the win with a very poor .778 SV%.

Random factoid that is completely unrelated to the game at hand.

Carey Price has a 10.5 million dollar cap hit until the year 2026. — Raddy

Wonder if Price’s sub .800 SV% will be winning games in 2026.

Anyhow... More Twilight Zone hockey. Or the effect of getting out shot 40-18. Definitely T-zone.

More Twilight Zone records.

Bo gets his 300th point on the Huggy tip.

And Motte gave us the lead.

And another record.

If only the Twilight Zone tipped the clock from 0:55 to 19:55. Oh well.

VIDEO TWILIGHT

HNIC ‘highlights’ - We were very impressed with the commentary. (*cough* galley *cough*)

How is gary galley

still a color commentator? He’s awful. — Twitchy

GAME STATS (What’s the point? 1)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Canucks
VAN
18 47% 1/1 2 26 21 15
Canadiens
MTL
40 53% 1/1 2 28 14 12


SHOT COUNT (Out shot 2 to 1? We wish that in the 1st)

Period VAN MTL
1st 2 10
2nd 10 12
3rd 4 15
OT 2 3
Total 18 40


PLAYER 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 1 0 1 1 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 23:31 1:27 --:-- 1
9 J.T. Miller 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 38 24:14 1:27 1:00 0
13 J. Hawryluk 0 1 1 1 -1 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 13:19 --:-- --:-- 0
18 J. Virtanen 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 12:37 --:-- --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 56 14:45 --:-- --:-- 0
24 J. Vesey 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 18:59 1:27 --:-- 0
26 A. Roussel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 10:16 --:-- --:-- 0
36 N. Hoglander 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 16:34 --:-- --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 1 1 2 2 1 2 0 2 2 1 1 0 43 21:00 1:27 --:-- 0
64 T. Motte 1 0 1 1 -1 1 0 1 3 0 0 1 17:09 --:-- 1:00 0
71 Z. MacEwen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 8:20 --:-- --:-- 0
96 A. Gaudette 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 100 9:43 --:-- --:-- 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 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 15:58 --:-- --:-- 0
23 A. Edler 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 22:45 --:-- 1:00 0
27 T. Hamonic 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 4 0 2 0 20:06 --:-- 1:00 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 24:59 1:27 --:-- 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 18:04 --:-- --:-- 0
88 N. Schmidt 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 2 3 2 0 21:41 --:-- --:-- 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
49 B. Holtby -- 36 40 34–37 2–3 0–0 36–40 .900 0 65:00


TWILIGHT PRESSER

Last road presser of the road trip. That’s not so bad.

Tough game. Tougher poutine.

TWILIGHT ZONE Night in the Alternate Universe offered an alternate distraction from the usual HNIC homeristic stylings.

Pearson AND Pete are both on the Nucks Long Term Faery Reserve. Back home Monday, to give the Jets a proper crash landing - twice over, but will the Nucks have Pete back from faery time? You decide.