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GAME RECAP #72: NUCKS WIN! Eclipse Stars 3-1

March 25, 2023
- jimmi

They're back!

The late season champs of the late season. Again. Nucks own all the teams in the west. Including the former #1 team in west.

Your Vancouver Canucks are a playoff team - one of the best in the race. If only they were in the race, you know... when the race began last October. Oh well...

The Nucks out-played, out-hit, almost out-shot and out-scored the hockey powerhouse of Texas. How many hockey powers are there in Texas? Uncertain. But the Stars are the Texan powerhousefull.

In fact to prove their full powerhousing prowess they scored the 1st goal of the game. And their last goal of the game, because they're a lockdown playoff bound team who need but a single goal to win a game against a bottom-dwelling, tank-seeking Bedardian hometown team.

The tricky bit for Dallas is their terrible record against the Nucks. And worse, they had to face the indignity of the legendary 70+% effective PK.

Instead of getting an easy penny Benny tap-in PP goal, the Stars gave up a shortie to Josh.

Wooo shorty for joshua! Suck it Benn.

Twitchy

Murray helped, but still... the Nucks are #1 in Shorties with 14.

In the 2nd, the star-snuffing Nucks took over the game. No, really.

If I told you that Brock swooped into the Dallas zone passed deep to JT and messed with Texas with a snipe on Murray. 2-1 Nucks. Ronnie (Hronek) with his 1st Nucks assistant goal.

Turns out... not making it up... that was the GWG. However, wouldn't be beating a western team without Pete getting a point. And Kuz getting a point and Bones getting a goal. What?!

OH WOW. WOT A GORG GOAL FOR BONES!

copey

Rathbone's first NHL goal in a couple years. Good timing call up.

2nd ends with the Nucks up 3-1 with the safest lead in hockey.

No, really. While the Stars pressed a bit, the Nucks D snuffed out almost every scoring chance. Frustrated the Dallas fans.

However, the Nucks 5-on-3 PP frustrated Nucks fans. While the PK has been a historic conundrum - no team in NHL history has claimed both the worst PK and the most shorties - the Nucking PP is popgun dum-dum. It's a riddle wrapped in a special team jersey covered in a cloak of inscrutable inconceivability.

Got here just in time for the 5 on 3. How the fuck did we score three goals earlier? With a 5 on 2???

Rob Scott

Doesn't matter.

What matters is the Nucks are now 9-2-0 in their last 11 games. And only have 10 games left to pick up 35 to 50 points. Crazy? Perhaps.

But so is this season. Pushed all of us over the dull edge of reason, as Westy noted earlier:

It's been another typical Canucks season of wild ups and downs. It's been so frustrating that even the eternal optimist John Garrett decided to quit.

Westy

What's next? Another beatdown in the windy city? Who can say.

ROAD WINNING VID

Savour the 2 Johns, as the countdown runs down.


GAME STATS

SOGFO%PPPIMHITSBLKSGVA
Canucks
VAN
2451%0/3816215
Stars
DAL
2649%0/4613714


SHOT COUNT (only the shots that count)

PeriodVANDAL
1st1013
2nd114
3rd39
Total2426


PLAYER STATS

FORWARDS (Pete Turns His Point Point Streak Up To 11)

# 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 101 1 2 3 0 3110018:343:59--:--0
8 C. Garland 000 0 0 2 2 2000011:400:50--:--0
9 J.T. Miller 011 1 1 1 0 141006022:084:063:020
15 S. Dries 000 0 0 2 0 211105013:50--:--3:210
34 P. Di Giuseppe 000 0 1 0 0 0000115:21--:--2:010
40 E. Pettersson 011 1 1 2 0 200116721:293:572:280
72 A. Beauvillier 000 0 0 1 0 1220013:030:44--:--0
81 D. Joshua 101 1 0 1 2 1100112:19--:--1:260
88 N. Aman 011 1 0 1 0 100021113:37--:--3:370
91 V. Kravtsov 000 0 -1 1 0 111006:480:18--:--0
92 V. Podkolzin 000 0 0 1 0 110008:56--:----:--0
96 A. Kuzmenko 011 1 1 0 0 0000014:260:48--:--0


D-CORPS

# Defense GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
3 J. Rathbone 101 1 1 2 0 200009:140:36--:--0
17 F. Hronek 011 1 0 2 0 2110026:374:124:210
43 Q. Hughes 000 0 1 3 0 3000127:304:122:540
44 K. Burroughs 000 0 1 1 0 1470018:35--:--2:430
57 T. Myers 000 0 0 1 2 1053020:48--:--4:210
74 E. Bear 000 0 1 0 2 0020017:430:181:460


Demmer Owns Dallas

# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
35 T. Demko -- 25 26 19–20 6–6 0–0 25–26 .962 0 59:22



ROAD PRESSERIZATION

Welcome back, Jack!

Stars? Demmers owns them. And tries to explain the principles of ownership.

Tik-Tik-Toc talks the hard effort talk.


There it is.

Bedard wet dreams are over. Time to dream the other one.

Jimmi...I know you're lurking. Make sure to mention in the recap that our playoffs hopes aren't dead yet (unlike the serfs in the Holy Grail)

82wino

The Nucks tentative grip on 25th is slipping away. Time to do something different.

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