Welcome to Day 2 of PITB’s countdown of the top 50 goals the Vancouver Canucks scored in 2011. This afternoon you’ll be treated to a Daniel Sedin hat trick, a brilliant Ryan Kesler power move, and the bowling ball that is Raffi Torres.
There’s also a hat tip to what was a very common theme in the year that was: the victimization of the Pacific Division, as both San Jose and Dallas get burned multiple times. Provided you’re neither a Sharks fan nor a Stars fan, you’ll probably enjoy today’s goals.
Like life (according to John Lennon), we begin at 40.
40 Alex Burrows (January 24, 2011)
This goal looks pretty familiar, huh? Little did we know that Alex Burrows would use a game in mid-January to perfect the catch n’ slap, a tactic he would later use to slay dragons. One assumes Daniel Sedin is a little happier to get the assist than Chris Campoli would later be.
39 Raffi Torres (February 19, 2011)
We got a lot of mileage out of the photo that resulted from this goal, as Torres, often described as a human bowling ball, looked a little like one after tapping in the 2-on-1. Manny Malhotra’s little toe drag before the pass is lovely.
38 Cody Hodgson (December 21, 2011)
Who says the slap shot goal on the rush is dead? We have two in the last three clips. This one’s a stunner, as Cody Hodgson takes Jannik Hansen’s pass, steps into the middle of the offensive zone, and rings one off the post and in.
37 Daniel Sedin (March 12, 2011)
Unlike the Flames defending him, Daniel makes no mistake after taking this feed from brother Henrik and tying the game at two. Calgary’s mistake is twofold: don’t forget Daniel Sedin exists and don’t evacuate the centre of your own defensive zone.
36 Daniel Sedin (December 06, 2011)
Daniel notches a hat trick after two beautiful passes from his linemates: the first, from Henrik, is a perfectly weighted backpass to Alex Burrows at the side of the goal, and the second, from Burrows, is a brilliant cross-crease pass for the tap-in.
35 Daniel Sedin (December 06, 2011)
Though it follows Daniel’s hat trick goal on this list, this goal preceded it on December 6th. Daniel snipes a wrister after Henrik Sedin does two laps around the zone, one to back off the Avalanche defenders, and another to set a little pick that allows Daniel some room to the middle.
34 Ryan Kesler (April 07, 2011)
After three straight Sedin goals, here’s a healthy dose of Ryan Kesler’s alternative approach to goal-scoring: skate fast and shoot hard. He scored a number of goals just like this in 2011, but this was among the best because of the extra move he makes to the outside to open up space. It all happens so quickly, you have to feel bad for Clayton Stoner, who was merely following the scouting report by stepping up to take away the initial shot. Problem is, Kesler had adjusted.
33 Mikael Samuelsson (February 07, 2011)
More Kesler, as he loses his stick in the neutral zone, kicks the puck ahead to Mason Raymond, grabs a new stick from Jannik Hansen at the bench, takes the puck in the corner, and makes a pass to Mikael Samuelsson through the legs of his defender. Come to think of it, after describing it, I’m outraged it’s not higher on this list.
32 Jannik Hansen (December 6, 2011)
If Hansen deserved an assist on that last one, he also deserves one here, faking a slapper from the blueline before stepping around the pileup it causes and making a pass to Kevin Bieksa. Guess he’ll just have to settle for the goal, which he pots after Bieksa kicks the puck to his stick and sends it back for the tap-in.
31 Alex Burrows (May 24, 2011)
The first goal in the game that would end with the Canucks clinching a berth in the Stanley Cup Final is an underrated piece of Sedinery, as the Sedins win a puck battle in the corner before making two beautiful passes to set Alex Burrows up for a one-timer on the doorstep. Daniel’s no-look backpass is the prettier one, but Henrik’s deserves some love too: He deftly drags the puck away from Jamal Mayers’ swipe at it before threading it between the sticks of Mayers and a sprawling Dan Boyle. So pretty.Alex Burrows, Blogs are for lists, Daniel Sedin, Jannik Hansen, Mikael Samuelsson, Raffi Torres, Ryan Kesler, Wizardous Sedinerie, year-end retrospective