Dan Hamhuis had a great first season for the Canucks, fitting into the team seamlessly and emerging as one-half of one of the league’s finest shutdown tandems with Kevin Bieksa. Though he didn’t put up fancy offensive numbers, Hamhuis’s ability to thwart scoring threats and facilitate fluid breakouts allowed the Canucks to play a calm, smooth, puck possession game for much of the season. His injury in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final may have been the turning point of the series. The Canucks’ defense never quite looked in sync after that.

It wasn’t often, but when Dan Hamhuis chose to join the rush, his timing was narrowly impeccable. Five of the six goals Hammy scored last season are the result of Hamhuis jumping into the play just in time to score on a rebound or receive a sudden centering pass. Pitching in whenever necessary? Sure sounds like the Community Man. Here’s every goal Dan Hamhuis scored in 2010-11.

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1 Nov. 13 vs the Toronto Maple Leafs

Dan Hamhuis’s first goal in a Canucks uniform is a fluky empty-netter to seal a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. There’s not much to break down here. Desperate to put a stop to Toronto’s pressure with the extra man, Hamhuis chops at loose puck and sees the best possible outcome: it drifts the length of the ice and into the open goal. The tail-end of this video also features a conventional HNIC shot of Brian Burke running his fingers through his hair in frustration. By now, this is a stock clip.

2 Nov. 17 vs the Pittsburgh Penguins

Alex Burrows often doesn’t get credit for his playmaking and passing ability, but you can really see iton this 2-on-1, as he outwaits the diving defender to make a backhand pass to a trailing Daniel Sedin. What happens after that is a solid example of the Third Law of Sedinery, which states that the Sedins will always make one more pass than is necessary. One-on-one with the goalie, Daniel does what any rational person [named Sedin] would do: he passes to Henrik at the side of the goal. Henrik’s shot is blocked, so he passes to Dan Hamhuis, who bangs it home.

3 Dec.1 vs the Calgary Flames

Dan Hamhuis starts this play with a great cross-ice pass to a streaking Raffi Torres, then finishes it by following the play to the net. After Torres’s initial shot is stopped and Jeff Tambellini overskates the Kiprusoff’s massive rebound, Hamhuis pounces on the loose puck in front and pots it.

4 Jan. 24 vs the Dallas Stars

This play has a lot of similarities to the one that precedes it, as Hamhuis caps off a 7-goal performance with a powerplay goal on a rebound. While this one probably doesn’t mean much to most, it’s Chris Tanev’s first career point.

5 Mar. 8 vs the Phoenix Coyotes

Here’s a fun trick: rather than watch this clip, just listen to the almost rhythmic sound the puck makes as the Sedins throw it around the zone. Hamhuis makes a beautiful read here, jumping in as soon as Lee Stempniak (#22) vacates his post, looking for a breakout pass. That pass never materializes. Instead, Mikael Samuelsson finds Dan Hamhuis for the goal.

6 Mar. 8 vs the Phoenix Coyotes

Hamhuis’s sixth of the season comes in overtime of the same game. After some Wizardous Sedinerie by the Sedins, Henrik finds Hamhuis in a nearly identical spot to his last goal, and Hamhuis makes no mistake. Henrik’s pass, a no-look backhand feed through two Coyotes defenders, is pretty basic, at least for him.

 

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6 comments

  1. BECanucks
    August 1, 2011

    A nicce treat for BC day. Thank you

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  2. J21
    August 1, 2011

    Happy BC Day from those of us who have to work in Quebec!

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    • Harrison Mooney
      August 1, 2011

      What a horrible commute.

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  3. Daniel Wagner
    August 1, 2011

    In that final goal, you can barely see four Canucks fans leap to their feat in the second row behind Bryzgalov. They are, of course, Harrison, myself, and our wives. That goal was awesome to witness up close.

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    • peanutflower
      August 1, 2011

      I had to look at it again to find out if that last PHX goal was in Vancouver what with all the fans cheering. That must have been part of the southern road trip. I had planned to go on that this year from Victoria but alas, too many teams must have complained about those Canadian fans filling up their arenas and making them feel bad, so no SOCAL road trip this year for the Canucks. Pooeey.

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  4. Michael
    August 1, 2011

    Great goals, credit to the accuracy of the Hamhuis shot, a lot of those goals were from difficult angles and he picks the corners very well for a D.

    He also seems to go harder to the net than our beloved MayRay ;)

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