Oh, the memories…
When there’s no hockey it’s time to reflect. Time to look back and think of the greatest moments in Canucks hockey that you will remember and cherish forever.
Normally these moments little pieces of hockey gold crop up once and a while and it’s nice to have a look back and remember the time when Burrows scored in overtime against Chicago or when Trevor Linden tipped a Mattias Ohlund shot past Marty Turco.
It seems like I’ve been doing that a lot lately. With no hockey for the foreseeable future I decided to present to you my top five Canucks moments.
Number Five – 2007 Playoffs
Trevor Linden, 2-1 goal vs. Dallas.
During the 2006-07 season I made 12 phone calls to a friend of mine. Each of those phone calls was to emphatically tell him Trevor Linden had scored. Of course he knew that because he was watching the game too, but I had to let him know.
After all, my friend went out of his way to let me know each and every game that Linden was well past his prime and that needed to hang them up.
So, any chance I was given to pull out my lifetime Trevor Linden fan card I did and did so with great pride.
This was Linden’s eleventh point and sixth goal in a game 7. It still gives me goose bumps hearing Jim Hughson call the goal.
Number Four – 1994 Playoffs
Kirk McLean, “The Save”.
For anyone who remembers the 1994 Stanley Cup run, they know that without Kirk McLean and the way he played in games five, six and seven against Calgary there would have been no run to the finals.
This save, for lack of a better word saved the Canucks playoffs.
A 2-on-1 play, Theoron Fleury feathers a pass to Robert Reichel. Kirk McLean some how manages to get across and absolutely robs him.
Number Three – 2011 Playoffs
Alex Burrows, Overtime game winning goal vs. Chicago.
I don’t know how much I need to describe this one. It’s so recent and fresh in the minds of Canuck fans. At the time it was quite possibly the most nervous I had been watching a playoff game in my life.
Up 3-0 in the series, Chicago willed their way back and took the Canucks to a seventh and deciding game.
Once again the call made by Jim Hughson gives me chills. It’s funny, but I think back to my girlfriend telling me and my Dad to be quite if the Canucks scored because she had just gotten our then 10 month old daughter to bed. Moments later Burrows scored and we were anything but quite.
I ended up sleeping on the couch that night. It was well worth it.
Number Two – 2011 Playoffs
Raffi Torres, game one of the Stanley Cup finals & Alex Burrows, game two of the Stanley Cup finals.
This is my two-for-one post. You get Raffi Torres scoring with 19 seconds left in game 1 and Alex Burrows scoring 11 seconds into overtime in game 2. These two moments are obviously high up on the list of Canucks memories for me.
I remember everything about what I was doing and where I was for both of them, maybe a little more so than three, four and five all time.
Raffi Torres – Game 1: The timing of this goal is perfect. Literally. Torres is put on the ice at a time where he would never normally be out there and he doesn’t disappoint. Ryan Kesler deserves almost all the credit on this play though.
Skating on one leg from the final game of the San Jose series, Ryan Kesler stays on side by the tip of his skate, finds Jannick Hansen who threads a perfect pass to a streaking Raffi Torres.
Alex Burrows – Game 2: What makes this stick out to me so much is where I was and what I was doing during the game. My Dad, my friend and I were all at a local bar. The third had ended in a 2-2 tie and just like all the other playoff games that went to overtime I began to get unbelievably nervous.
Luckily for me the nervousness didn’t last long as Burrows put the Canucks up two games to none 11 seconds in to overtime.
I don’t think I’ve ever jumped out of a booth at a bar so fast and high fived so many people as I did following this goal.
Number One – April 10th, 2010
Canucks vs. Flames.
I know after all of the playoff highlights it might seem strange that this game is my number one moment, but I can explain. The first hockey game my Dad ever took me to was in 1989 and it was against the Calgary Flames.
This game was the last game I saw with my pops before he moved back to Alberta, so it’s kind of special to me.
Not only that, but it was a great game. Not because I managed to conceal a six pack in my pants, but because the Canucks kicked the shit out of Calgary and I was able to witness one of the nicest goals the Canucks have ever been able to put together.
You know the one I’m talking about. I was sitting in the third row in the second deck on that end of the ice. Nicest play I’ve ever witnessed.
It was also the first time and unfortunately the last time I got to see Rick Rypien fight in person.
So, there you have it.
MY top five Canucks moments. Sure there was a lot of stuff I missed or passed on, including a certain game winning goal in double overtime in a game 7 by a certain Russian, but hey - these are my moments, remember?
These are the ones I look back on.