Among the many accomplishments of the 2010-11 Canucks was the milestone they reached on January 5th, when Daniel Sedin scored the 10,000th regular-season goal in Canucks’ franchise history. After reaching this landmark, people reminisced about the many great goalscorers the Canucks have employed over their first 40 years, such as Pavel Bure, Markus Naslund, or even Sedin himself.
But, to reach a number like that, a team doesn’t just need many great goalscorers — they need a great many as well. Some of whom will only score one goal.
Nine players in total scored one goal in Canucks’ blue and green last season, with two of them — Mario Bliznak and Aaron Volpatti — joining the ranks of the 43 men to contribute one goal to the Canucks’ first 10,000. If history’s your bag, that might make their otherwise relatively insignificant goals a little more meaningful.
If not, whatever, I tried.
Here is every goal Andrew Alberts, Peter Schaefer, Mario Bliznak, Aaron Volpatti, Sergei Shirokov, Lee Sweatt, Cody Hodgson, Maxim Lapierre and Aaron Rome scored last season, in that order (which is chronological).
ANDREW ALBERTS – Oct. 17 vs the Carolina Hurricanes
After a difficult transition to the Western Conference upon his initial arrival, Andrew Alberts won a job in the Canucks’ top six with his play in training camp, and looked poised for a big season after scoring only five games into the season. It’s a pretty play, too, as Alberts shows some decent hands, pouncing on a loose puck on the backhand, then swiveling to shovel the rebound home on the forehand. Unfortunately, it would be Alberts’ only showing of such hands.
PETER SCHAEFER – Oct. 26 vs the Colorado Avalanche
Here’s a blast from the past. Did you know Peter Schaefer played a handful of games as Ryan Kesler’s winger last season? Yeah, things were that bad. Anyway, the short-lived Peter Schaefer-as-a-goalscorer era began and ended with this goal, when Schaefer beat Peter Budaj with a pretty wrist shot that, if not for a late tally by Matt Duchene, would have stood up as the game-winner. Peter Schaefer may be forgotten by most, but I’ll never forget that doofy little first pump.
MARIO BLIZNAK – Nov. 11 vs the Ottawa Senators
In case it’s not completely obvious from the way they execute it, Tanner Glass and Mario Bliznak haven’t had a lot of two-on-ones together. This one is far from textbook, as Glass first fails to get the pass through, and then, once he recovers the puck, accidentally puts his second attempt three feet in the air. Bliznak gets to it anyway, batting the disc out of mid-air for his first NHL goal. And if you’re thinking, Hey, the Senators don’t appear to be trying very hard, take a look at the score.
AARON VOLPATTI – Dec. 20 vs the St. Louis Blues
Volpatti’s a kid I think many Canuck fans have forgotten about. He earned a call-up last season because of his physical play, acquitted himself well defensively, but found it difficult to punish anyone on the forecheck because he was a step too slow for the NHL. If he improves his skating this offseason, he could be a real sparkplug for the Canucks. His first career goal comes on a tap-in after a cross-ice feed from Alex Bolduc. But, like Mario Bliznak’s goal, the play is orchestrated by Tanner Glass, this time by running over Alex Pietrangelo in the corner to cause a turnover.
SERGEI SHIROKOV – Jan. 18 vs the Colorado Avalanche
Sergei Shirokov’s first NHL goal (and possibly only ever, as the young Russian appears to be headed back to Moscow next season) shows a flash of the deft hands and compact strength that inspired the Canucks to lure him to North America in the first place. After a soft Dan Hamhuis point shot, Shirokov muscles Ryan Wilson away from the rebound, then stickhandles the puck past Craig Anderson.
LEE SWEATT – Jan. 26 vs the Nashville Predators
By now, you’ve seen this goal embedded more than a few times at PITB; it’s one of our favourites. Late in a tight game, Alex Burrows knocks Joel Ward off the puck (rather easily, I might add), and it comes to Daniel Sedin, who makes a wizardous pass to a wide-open Lee Sweatt coming off the bench. Sweatt makes no mistake, including during the goal celebration. His absurdly stone-faced reaction to the eventual game-winner is a season highlight.
CODY HODGSON – Feb. 2 vs the Phoenix Coyotes
Cody Hodgson’s first career-goal was a long-time coming, and it seemed to signal an end to his dark times. It was a goalscorer’s goal, too, as Hodgson held onto the puck, outwaiting both the Phoenix D and Ilya Bryzgalov (who probably shouldn’t have stopped shuffling). Canuck fans, waiting for any reason to get excited about Hodgson all over again, did exactly that.
MAXIM LAPIERRE – Mar. 16 vs the Colorado Avalanche
Apart from this, his only goal, Lapierre didn’t do much in the regular season. Acquired to play on the fourth line (with Chris Higgins, who sets him up here), he still somehow found a way to get demoted to it. Of course, you know the rest of the story. Suddenly, things went horribly wrong for the team (and, thereby, horribly right for his career). He wound up playing an integral role in the top nine and scoring a few more important goals along the way.
AARON ROME – Mar. 29 vs the Nashville Predators
Say what you will about the Predators: their suffocating style makes every goal that much more meaningful. Considering, for instance, Lee Sweatt’s aforementioned game-winner or, here, Aaron Rome’s only goal, a 200-foot clearing attempt that slides into an empty net to ice a late-season Vancouver win over Nashville. It’s a PITB favourite. I can’t decide what’s better: Henrik Sedin boxing out Shea Weber as the puck glides over the goal line, or the entire team mobbing Rome once it does, as though he just scored Orr’s flying goal. Either way, this one’s a classic.Tags: Every Goal 10-11, No Second Line For Schaefer, spotlight