The top 50 Vancouver Canucks goals of 2011 (30-21)

Here we are at Day 3 of PITB’s list of our 50 favourite Canuck goals of 2011. Today features a heaping helping of beast mode Ryan Kesler, as well as a selection of the most curious pieces of Sedinery 2011 had to offer.

Have you ever seen a guy pass the puck through the legs of a goaltender, or away from the goalmouth with the goalie down and out? Have you ever seen a guy come to a complete stop directly in front of his defender? If so, you watched the Sedins in 2011. My friend, they don’t think like you and I. It’s pretty great. I suspect you’ll enjoy these 10 goals.

30 Mason Raymond (April 07, 2011)

In this underrated piece of Sedinery, Daniel Sedin bursts into the Wild zone with speed, looks poised to take the puck to the net, then comes to a complete stop. His sudden freezes also freezes Justin Falk, and when a confused Falk makes a half-hearted attempt to poke the puck away, Daniel swats his stick out of the way and feeds Mason Raymond for the goal.

29 Daniel Sedin (April 15, 2011)

More brilliance from Daniel, as he takes the puck from end-to-end, backing off the Chicago defenders with some creative stickhandling before lugging the puck to the middle of the zone, and firing it past Corey Crawford for the eventual game-winner.

28 Alex Burrows (March 10, 2011)

I was at this game, and I remember marvelling at a warmup drill that saw Alex Burrows scrambling all over the front of the goal, trying to bat in pucks fed to him by Tanner Glass. Then this happened. Poor Dany Heatley thinks he’s doing such a good job, too.  

27 Daniel Sedin (March 23, 2011)

The scrambliest goal on our list comes after the Canucks’ powerplay spends a full minute throwing the puck around the zone, trying everything in their power to put it past Jimmy Howard. And then, when it finally seems like Henrik has a tap-in at the side of the goal, he passes it to Daniel for a better shot. Pay special attention to Ryan Kesler, who blatantly interferes with every Red Wing on the ice at some point during the clip. 

26 Ryan Kesler (February 02, 2011)

Speaking of Kesler, his drag move on this 2-on-1 goal is downright silly. Granted, Adrian Aucoin couldn’t have played it worse unless he had turned across and punched his goalie in the mask, but it’s still pretty nice.

25 Alex Burrows (May 22, 2011)

Another 2-on-1, but this time it’s Henrik Sedin coming down the far side, meaning a pass is all but assured. Of course, no one expected that pass to be through the legs of Antti Niemi. Incredible.

24 Christian Ehrhoff (March 31, 2011)

After a centring pass goes off a skate at the Vancouver goal, the Canucks break back up the ice with five seconds to go in the period. They score with less than one. It’s a perfectly executed rush, as Raffi Torres goes hard to the goal, drawing Drew Doughty, and Jannik Hansen goes wide, pulling Willie Mitchell out of the middle. Meanwhile, Christian Ehrhoff quits skating at the red line, opening up even more space for the shot.

23 Alex Burrows (April 26, 2011)

Were it not for Jonathan Toews’s shorthanded marker in the dying seconds, this would have stood as the game 7 game-winner. Ryan Kesler makes this goal happen, beating Duncan Keith to the outside with a lovely toe drag (and hipchecking him to his knees) before centring for Alex Burrows. 

22 Ryan Kesler (May 07, 2011)

More Kesler, as he swats a puck out of mid-air to start a 2-on-1 with Mason Raymond. Shea Weber does a remarkable job tracking him down by the blue line, but Kesler simply wills the goal anyway, fighting him off to bang the puck home.

21 Henrik Sedin (February 04, 2011)

I love this goal. After the Sedins make two gorgeous (and eerily identical) diagonal passes, Mikael Samuelsson surprises everyone by putting the puck right back to Henrik for the one-timer.

50 – 41  |  40 – 31  |  30 – 21  |  20 – 11  |  10 – 1

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  1. Zach Morris
    December 28, 2011

    Can we just have every single goal we scored against the Blackhawks on here please?
    It gives me great pleasure to see Corey Crawford lose.

    I’m guessing 15 of the top 20 are Sedin plays?

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  2. Wagman
    December 28, 2011

    Keep them coming.

    BTW, #27 should read Jimmy Howard (not Corey Crawford)… Not a big deal when you consider Garrett going on about Couture when it was obviously Heatley – is that the wrong play-by-play? :)

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  3. Quinn
    December 28, 2011

    I will never get tired of watching Hank pass it through Niemi’s legs on that goal.

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  4. iLovePITB
    December 28, 2011

    I miss Hoff. :( He was adorable. I loved his celebration where he high fives everyone behind the glass. :P

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  5. The Bookie
    December 28, 2011

    I’m predicting the top-5 will be made up of the big playoff goals – Torres in Game 1 of the finals, Kesler undressing Weber in the Nashville series, Burrows OT goals (vs both the Bruins and the Hawks).

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  6. Aderam
    December 28, 2011

    These are awesome! And there’s extra festive joy when you turn on the snowflakes for the YouTube clips. :)

    Hey, you guys are doing best goals, are you going to do best saves too? I’m a goalie and I love a good save reel.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      December 28, 2011

      I’m working on it. Will probably just a do a top-10.

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  7. stathead
    December 28, 2011

    Pretty pleeeeeeeease do a save reel! :) Not that these aren’t a great holiday present as well, but there’s nothing like watching our goalies make monster saves!

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