VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Canucks have scored 12,552 goals in the National Hockey League and none have won the Stanley Cup.
But that doesn’t mean they haven’t scored spectacular goals, great goals, important goals. Trying to identify the biggest goals in franchise history, where do you start?
First, by definition, the most important and impactful goals would all be in the playoffs and would come in clusters around the Canucks’ three innings in the Stanley Cup final. And since we think there are a lot of unforgettable goals among the 11,918 they have scored in the regular season, we will sprinkle some among the playoff icons.
Here are Sportsnet’s most memorable, completely arbitrary and subjective goals in Canucks history.
October 19, 1991, Pacific Coliseum
Canucks 5-Flames 2, Match 8, Regular Season
There was once a song about Gino Odjick. Seriously. The refrain was not very imaginative, “Gino, Gino, Gino, Gino”. But that was how popular Odjick was. It was one of the games that made him a popular hero when Odjick, one of the toughest Canucks of all time, beat Mike Vernon on a penalty kick at 8:33 of the third period, winning a win that brought Vancouver to 8-1. -1 departure before the arrival later in the fall of Pavel Bure.
“I was there, really nervous,” Odjick told Sportsnet this week. ” I did not know what to do. It’s Saturday night, Hockey Night in Canada, and I have a penalty shot. I went down and looked to the right, I pulled to the left and it was like, “Oh my God, I scored on a penalty shot. “I was so happy. I did my war dance, jumping up and down like a kid who just scored in game 7 in overtime to win the Stanley Cup.
“People are asking me two more things: the penalty shot against Calgary and the attempt to fight the St. Louis team in the playoffs (1995).”
That’s when Odjick, as the Canucks lost 8-2 at home in game 6 against the Blues, chased Glenn Anderson for pushing a puck under Vancouver goalkeeper Kay Whitmore. Odjick dropped two Blues on the ice before hitting Adam Creighton in a fight, then chasing Shirtless after Anderson. Oh, the Canucks won the seventh game in St. Louis.
April 10, 2010, Rogers Arena
Canucks 7-Flames 3, Final Match, Regular Season
What is Daniel and Henrik Sedin’s prettiest goal? One can also wonder what is the most beautiful painting by Monet or Van Gogh?
There was nothing like Sedinery before or after the greatest players in franchise history introduced a new style of hockey to the NHL.
A “meaningless game” at the end of the 2009-10 regular season produced this twins’ masterpiece: Henrik blindly redirecting Christian Ehrhoff’s shot from point to Daniel, who with a step over defender Ian White skated the puck to the net before beating Calgary goalkeeper Miikka Kiprusoff by throwing his stick between his legs.
The Sedins have rarely celebrated a regular season goal as effusively as this one, which not only completed a hat trick for Daniel but also gave Henrik the NHL scorer title before a few schmucks named Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby .
“Only three or four years ago we weren’t good enough on the third row, so it was a fun trip,” Henrik told reporters after the game. “It’s the best thing you can do, play in a Canadian market like this. You can’t really ask for better. “
December 10, 1980, Maple Leaf Gardens
Canucks 8-Maple Leafs 5, regular season
There were few hockey characters in the late 1970s and early 1980s larger than Dave (Tiger) Williams, who was traded to the Canucks in February 1980 as part of a successful deal for Rick Vaive and Bill Derlago. Toronto won the business, but Williams became a key contributor to the Cinderella Vancouver team that reached the Stanley Cup final in 1982.
He had 35 goals in his first full season with the Canucks, none more memorable than the one he scored on his return to Toronto, where he broke a 4-4 tie at 9:43 of the third period taking a pass from Per-Olov Brasar and a shot in front of Leafs goalkeeper Jim Rutherford.
It was not so much the goal that people remember the celebration of Williams. The fierce winger returned to the ice before mounting his stick like a horse while pointing the finger at the crowd, which included relentless Leafs owner Harold Ballard.
“It wasn’t about sticking it to anyone,” Williams told Sportsnet. “It was not something I thought of or planned. It’s just that it happened. It was my first return game (in Toronto); I loved playing there and it was a winning goal. It was just a spontaneous thing. Either out of stupidity or out of genius, it happened. I never did it again. “
May 24, 1994, Pacific Coliseum
Canucks 4-Maple Leafs 3, OT, Match 5, Third Round Playoffs
The Canucks scored three goals that placed them in the Stanley Cup final. The scorer for the first, in 1982, would ask a big trivial question: Lars Molin had the winner of the game in a 6-2 Black Hawks bust at the old Chicago stadium. But one or both of Kevin Bieksa’s goals against the San Jose Sharks in 2011 or Greg Adams’ goals against Toronto in 1994 could be on that list.
We go with “Greg Adams!” Greg Adams! Because it was against the Maple Leafs, 1994 was Canuck’s most memorable final race, and announcer Jim Robson’s call to goal was just too good to be missed.
In the first quarter of the second overtime, Adams cleared Dave Andreychuk’s check to stave off the rebound in Dave Babych’s lead shot from Leafs goalkeeper Felix Potvin.
The Hall-of-Famer Robson: “Let’s go back to Babych. Long shot. Potvin had a hard time with that. Adams, shoot, mark! Greg Adams! Greg Adams! Adams gets the winner 14 seconds into the second overtime. The Vancouver Canucks make it to the Stanley Cup final! “
There was a feeling of disbelief as Robson said. The rest of us knew exactly how he felt.
October 3, 2018, Rogers Arena
Canucks 5-Flames 2, Opening game, Regular season
Bure never scored in his Canucks debut, but Elias Pettersson did.
The most anticipated arrival of the franchise since the Russian Rocket, Pettersson was only 19 years old and had just finished an MVP season in Sweden when he shot a wrist shot on the left shoulder of Mike Smith head-to-head -head, scoring at 1:48 pm of the first period on his first shot from the National Hockey League.
“I thought he was overtaking him all the time,” said Canuck coach Travis Green. “And praying that he will shoot.
The unforgettable goal kicked off what would become a Calder Trophy season for Pettersson, the first by a Canuck since Bure in 1992. After celebrating on the ice, Pettersson returned to the bench, beaming as the crowd continued to roar. A star was born that night.
“I had a power outage, I was so happy,” said Pettersson. “It didn’t seem like it was real at first. It was an incredible feeling, a feeling that I will never forget. “
April 26, 2011, Rogers Arena
Canucks 2-Blackhawks 1 OT, Match 7, First Round Playoffs
It’s not quite the greatest goal in Canucks history, but probably the most impactful. It saved an era and a team that would advance to the Stanley Cup final and establish themselves as the best city in Vancouver.
After their enemy Blackhawks tied the game at a loss at the end of the third period, forcing Game 7 to extend into a streak Chicago had dragged 0-3, the Canucks won at 5:22 a.m. OT when Alex Burrows slipped defender Chris Campoli’s weak flip. clearance and slapped a floating puck in front of goalkeeper’s blocker Corey Crawford.
The play-by-play announcer John Shorthouse’s radio call was up to the moment: “Burrows fly, cut, shoot, mark! They killed the dragon! “
“It was a crazy time,” Burrows told The Province newspaper years later. “I just pulled as hard as possible. I knew the puck was rolling and I was just waiting for a free kick. In the end, I think it left by pure luck. The washer could have gone anywhere. “
April 30, 1994, Calgary Saddledome
Canucks 4-Flames 3, OT, Game 7, First Round Playoffs
Of the 634 playoff goals in Vancouver, this one is widely regarded as the biggest in franchise history because it has become a demarcation point – the goal that changed the way the Canucks were viewed and what players and fans expected. The Canucks history has two parts: before Bure and after Bure.
A 12-point underdog before the series started after Vancouver fought in the regular season, the Canucks, who had always been better at finding ways to lose than finding ways to win, made an unthinkable comeback in series when Bure looped before taking on Jeff Brown. a great breakaway and defeating goalkeeper Mike Vernon on a forehand at distortion speed, 2:20 in the second overtime.
“It was an incredible feeling,” Bure told the Athletic last fall. “We went to three straight overtime and most importantly, the seventh game was a double overtime. It was a 50/50 chance and Calgary, in my opinion, was a stronger team. But our guys played amazing. “
Adams tied the game at the end of the third period after the Canucks won the sixth overtime game against Trevor Linden’s goal and the fifth overtime game with Geoff Courtnall’s ball in the upper corner.
These goals were also quite memorable.