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RECAP #41: NUCKS WIN! Beat the Sens 4-2 In Almost OT

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No OT Required. No Worries.

Ottawa Senators v Vancouver Canucks
Garden Season: Pearson Potting Pucks
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

No worries. Nucks are playing no worries hockey. Take lots of penalties? No worries. Take lazy penalties? No worries. Lose the lead late in the 3rd? No worries. Waste a 5 on 3 PP late in the 3rd? No worries.

Because all the worry is being carried by us. Not all the worry, but as much as we can. Which isn’t much. So... no worries across the board.

However, the Nucks PK carried all the worry that others weren’t worried about.

The Good No Worries Stats

Incredible stats. And I’m not a statsmushatician. But, I can tell when we win ALL the Stats.

All of them. Really.

  • Out Shot the Sens 34 to 28.
  • Out Hit the Sens 19 to 17.
  • Out Faced-off Sens 37 to 17.
  • Out Penaltied Sens 17 minutes to 11.
  • Out PK’d Sens 6 to 3.
  • Out PP’d Sens 1 to none.
  • Out Gave Away Sens 6 to 1.
  • Out Took Away Sens 6 to 3.
  • Out Blocked Sens 19 shots to 9.
  • BEST STAT: Out Scored Sens 4 to 2.

That’s just the basic boxcar stats, if we wanted to get fancy, we could. But we don’t want to.

Despite looking like they’re missing the juice that covid drank and still without Pete, the Nucks found a way to squeak out a win over the last place team in the division.

Started well when White had a Fedler moment and sent a pass past his own player and landed on Schmitty’s stick, who launched a period winner on the 1st Nuck shot of the game.

Of course, because no one was worried, Nucks gave up the lead and took an unworried tie into the 1st intermission.

In the 2nd, the unworried re-took the lead. On the PP.

Nucks start the 3rd with the safest, most unworried lead in hockey.

And worryingly left the 5 on 3 PP without a goal that could have put the game away.

Instead, they let the worries roll down the game thread like a rock slide of hard-luck rum-balls made from fermented worry beads, and let the Sens tie the game.

No worries. Because...

Clutch Contract Talk

The clutch GWG Pearson is our person of the game.

Pearson is earning his contract

This is his second game winner since.

The more we play, the less expensive his contract looks. It’s still too much, but much less so, than the way it looked a few weeks ago.

This was pond hockey I have not seen for a long time. They played like the score didn’t matter. Nobody gave a shit about the score. Took 5 penalties in a row? AND a penalty shot? Who cares. We are here to have fun, boys. Nobody seems to care about my poor me, biting my fingernails off, and getting wasted on Port.

2 minutes, 5 on 3, barely a post. Hey, we’re here to have some fun, guys. Don’t worry about the score. We got this!

Fuck, can we get through this without all the drama?

It was a fun win. These Senators are not as bad as the series score would indicate. — Atty

THE LAZY FEDLING

Right after Pearson took the worries off our sagging shoulders with his (GWG) goal, Miller, instead of skating, took another of his patented lazy calls - his 2nd of the game.

Jeez!

Why would you take such a stupid penalty right after we scored??? There was no reason at all that trip should have happened…he wasn’t stopping a scoring chance, he wasn’t falling or something…just pure stupid. — Twitchy

If not for the perfect Nucking PK, this would be a much more worrying recap.

Jakes needs a break. From junior hockey. Took a lazy high sticking penalty - with blood - got 4 minutes for stupid. Later... looking for atonement, tried for the 100th time the ineffective wrap around attempt.

Huggie took 2 tripping calls, but at least they were necessary. Sort of.

Not sure if the Nucks are determined to win the NHL’s Most Penalised Team Trophy, but with the league’s 21st ranked PK, that trophy must be really special. Or something.

No worries.

The Covid Comeback Kids are finding ways to make more wins and less worry for us. Except when have to watch the ways they find.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS (Now With Goals!)

It’s HNIC, but with John Garret to bring some balance to the CoTU broadcast center.

GAME STATS (The Good Kind... but those lazy penalties)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Senators
OTT
28 32% 0/6 13 17 9 1
Canucks
VAN
34 69% 1/4 17 19 19 6


SHOT COUNTING (Not that we’re counting... but we won that too)

Period OTT VAN
1st 7 7
2nd 14 14
3rd 7 13
Total 28 34


PLAYER STATS (Some good stats, some lazy stats... eh.. JT, Jake)

# 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 4 0 4 0 1 1 0 19:57 4:04 --:-- 1
9 J.T. Miller 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 1 0 0 1 55 19:32 3:51 3:16 0
13 J. Hawryluk 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1 2 0 0 0 7:39 --:-- --:-- 0
15 M. Highmore 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 2 2 1 1 0 15:39 --:-- 4:55 0
18 J. Virtanen 0 0 0 0 -2 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 8:54 0:15 --:-- 0
20 B. Sutter 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 67 17:02 --:-- 6:42 0
36 N. Hoglander 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 11:13 0:28 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 0 2 2 2 2 3 0 3 1 0 0 0 75 19:24 4:04 --:-- 0
64 T. Motte 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 17:05 --:-- 7:15 0
70 T. Pearson 1 0 1 1 1 5 0 5 0 1 1 0 18:16 3:51 1:52 0
71 Z. MacEwen 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 0 1 0 100 7:54 --:-- --:-- 0
72 T. Boyd 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 67 9:15 0:15 --:-- 0
# Defense GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
23 A. Edler 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 4 1 3 1 1 22:33 --:-- 6:48 0
27 T. Hamonic 0 1 1 1 0 3 0 3 1 5 0 0 20:02 --:-- 4:58 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 1 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 19:57 3:51 --:-- 0
48 O. Juolevi 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 11:18 --:-- 0:14 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 3 1 0 1 22:43 0:28 7:02 0
88 N. Schmidt 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 19:40 0:28 4:58 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
49 B. Holtby -- 26 28 17–19 8–8 1–1 26–28 .929 0 59:57


No Worries Presser

That’s a home stand wrap. Comeback Kids are on the road for the next 77 games. Because the NHL loves us that much.

Or... not back home until the 2nd week of May. Nucks are still recovering from the Covid Variant from hell, and get to play the next 15 games in 22 days. The easy part of this insane make-up calendar is over. Thanks, NHL.

That’s a crazy schedule if everyone was healthy and fully in mid-season game shape. But no player is. Tough Nucking luck.

Prepare your best Monday mood - gets lots of rest, keep hydrated and don’t worry.