This game was doomed. Before it began. How do we know that?
New D guy Ronnie was playing injured, that's why...
Back on the tank for sure now, except they can screw that up too.copey
And Nucks almost screw that up with the loser point.
However, the fLames won this, not because they were a better team, but because they took more shots, have Toffee and Troy - the Nuck Killers - and got a late call on a non-call.
Nucks out-played and out-scored the red visitors in the 1st - Gnarly got a breakaway and scored on Marky - world's shortest tall goalie.
1-zip Nucks after 1.
Early in the 2nd - Pete scores on Marky - on the PP! Not making it up.
However, Tank Commander Myers is on the blueline - in the cowtown end. Passes to Toffee, who after some going and giving, scores on Demmers.
Then Commander Chaos keeps the chaos alive in front of Demmers and the game is tied 2-2.
But wait! There's more!
Scramble in front of Marky and new kid, McDonough scores his 1st NHL goal. Yay! Nucks up 3-2.
Back to Myers and his attractive draft campaign - pulls Brise over to the right side - so far right that Troy (formerly from Richmond) skates in unattended and beats
Marky Demmers. Tied 3-3.
Fortunately for Myers he throws the puck up the ice and Aman and newish Beau give and go and Marky gets beat again - for the 4th time - on just the 12th shot he'd faced.
It's 4-3 Nucks after 2.
Despite getting out-fore-checked, out-shot 5-on-5 all over the 3rd, the Nucks kept the lame fLames at bay.
Something must be done!
Not the Nucks scoring the insurance go ahead goal(s), despite peppering Marky with 2 shots in 20 minutes. That's an incredible pace of 1 shot every 10 minutes! Soccer hockey strategy can't support that sort of hot-dog shooting.
Something must be done!
Can CoweringTown Flickers fumble something to success? Who, by the bye bye, do not look like a team that's playoff bound.
Not speculating the NHL Wild Drama Card Chase Department was furiously calculating some silly way to close down the race to last. Race to last wild card spot. However, with Winni winning, the pressure was on.
And Pete gave them the chance. He went to bat the puck out of the air - but Sewers lifted Pete's stick. Right into Sewer's own ear. Refs didn't make a call.
OMG! OMG! Something must be done!
The linesman blows the whistle - despite only being permitted to call a penalty if it's a 4 minute sentence.
Bullshit call against EP40.Rob Scott
Replay shows that it's not a penalty. Pete is angry. TikiToki irate.
Pete's in the box and Hoobidoo pots a goal. On Clowntown's 6th PP. Game is tied. NHL WDCC Department is relieved.
Game resumes in OT, where Cowtown has a terrible record. Unless they're playing Toffee in the ROG. They win!
While many Nucks look tired, game thread never tires pointing it out.
Well that was a gross game overall.copey
Please play tank goalie next game. Demmers looks exhausted again.
Nucks scored some goals on very few shots. Marky wasn't that great. But, other than Pete, Kuz & Josh, no other Nucking forward took more than 1 shot in the game. Miller and Bess and Gnarly had 1 shot on net. At least Gnarland made his count.
And no Nucking D, other than Huggie had more than 0 shots on goal. Huggie had 1 shot and finished with a minus-1. He finally looked tired. So many 30 minute games under the new coach bump taking their toll. Chaos Myers and Brise finished with minus-2. Adjusted for score effects or something.
Moral of the story: Can't score what you don't shoot. Anyhow, does it really matter now?
We're in the final stretch of tedium. Weather is more golf greens than ice rinks. Couple more weeks and the Nucks and their new management braintrust, coaching staff and players can enjoy the long summer before they have to strap 'em up and start poorly next October.
HOME CHEECH & JOHN SHOW
One of the few 2 John games left. Shame this game wasn't one that was exciting to watch.
GAME STATS - Nucks could have won - if they cared to.
SHOT COUNT (counting Nucking 3rd period shots, not just on one hand, but 2 fingers)
Forwards - Yay, Pete! He still competes.
|#||Forwards||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
|34||P. Di Giuseppe||0||0||0||0||-1||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||100||16:29||--:--||2:03||0|
Defensiveness - do we miss Ronnie yet?
|#||Defense||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
Demmers Sub 90s Crawl
High point of the game - Aidan McDonough get his 1st NHL goal - and presser!
Old Interim Tocco is back on the stand making excuses - overplaying Demmers and Huggie isn't on the list.
82wino wasn't available to wave the white farty towel tonight. Maybe on Sunday afternoon it will become official.
Really does seem the fix is in for the Fawks to Fawk off with our Bedard. Good thing we don't have to play them again this season.
Nucks only have one more chance to play Red spoiler alert. By that time it'll be too late.
7 more games to look (dread) forward to. Some easy, some meh. These last 7 games are the toughest to watch when you know your poor team isn't going to carry on into June. When you know your poor team isn't poor enough or well-connected enough with league HQ to win your own town's future superstar. When your best poor underachieving wish is to offload a couple bad contracts in the off season.
I know, sounds pretty optimistic considering how disappointing this season has been. But, there's always next year. Next year's disappointment will be different.
How different? Let's find out.