It’s impossible to gauge the lasting impact of Alex Burrows’s overtime marker right now, especially since the Canucks will kick off a second round series with the Nashville Predators less than 48 hours afterwards. There’s really no time for dwelling on the past, even the ridiculously recent past, when the present holds so much portent. That said, the NHL’s latest in the excellent History Will Be Made series seems like a good time to just take a moment.

Is this the biggest goal in Vancouver Canucks history?

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Poor Keith Ballard. Mike Gillis made a big splash in acquiring Ballard at the NHL Entry Draft last summer, paying the steep price of a first round draft pick, Calder candidate Michael Grabner, and Steve Bernier. He and Dan Hamhuis were meant to shore up the defense and allow for the trade of the ill-favored Kevin Bieksa. Ballard was meant to play a big role in the revamped top-four. Instead, Salo got injured, Bieksa stuck around, and Ballard found himself on the third-pairing averaging 16 minutes per game.

Poor Keith Ballard. His first chance to play in the NHL Playoffs and his skates barely touch the ice, averaging 12-and-a-half minutes per game and finding himself in the pressbox for games 5 and 6 in favor of journeymen Aaron Rome and Andrew Alberts. It seemed that the only reason he found himself back on the ice for game 7 was yet another mysterious Sami Salo injury.

Poor Keith Ballard. The Canucks’ playoff record this season with Keith Ballard in the lineup is 4-1. Without Ballard in the lineup: 0-2. And yet, he can’t seem to find his way into Alain Vigneault’s good books.

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A quick word to all the True Fans who came out to last night’s game: THANK YOU!!! Being at game 7 last night I can only say that so much as possible, the Canucks first goal was scored by the fans and they assisted on the OT winner as well.

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For eighty-seven minutes the Real Madrid versus Barcelona Champions League semi-final was ill tempered, ugly, and a testament to everything that can go wrong in a game of soccer when so much is on the line. Then Lionel Messi changed everything.

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I’m a firm believer – pun fully intended – that bitter rivalries are what make the world’s game so darn beautiful. As a kid I grew up in a household heavily influenced by Scottish culture and football. Both my mom and grandfather came to Canada from Glasgow, and I learned from a very young age [...]

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Though perhaps the headline ought to read “Canucks Refuse Afraid to Lose”, this incarnation of the Canucks can finally proclaim to be battle tested.

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The similarities between this game and last February’s Olympic gold medal game are uncanny. The remarkable performances by Ryan Kesler and Jonathan Toews; a star-making showing from the losing goaltender; Roberto Luongo losing the shutout on a goalmouth scramble in the final minutes; an overtime goal coming out of the corner less than ten minutes into the extra frame; the fact that it happened in the same freaking building; the fact that it will go down as of the finest games in the history of Vancouver hockey. This game had everything: it was intense, emotional, terrifying, heart-attack inducing, and then, in the end, immensely satisfying. And I watched this game:

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