The top 50 Vancouver Canucks goals of 2011 (20-11)

We have reached Day 4 of PITB’s countdown of the top 50 Canuck goals of 2011, and things are starting to get good. Today’s entries are downright crowded with Sedinery, as the twins combine to score beautiful goals, often incorporating some unexpected guests (such as Victor Oreskovich — for real).

The 2011 playoffs are well-represented as well, with some big goals from the Western Conference final. And if it’s controversy you crave, there may be a goal from 2010. Depends on who you ask. If this inclusion offends your delicate sensibilities, by all means, express your outrage in the comments.

20 Daniel Sedin (March 31, 2011)

In one of the most underrated goals of the year, Victor Oreskovich steals the puck and feeds Daniel Sedin, who makes a sick snipe to tie the game at one. It’s a beautiful goal, especially considering he gets this seeing-eye shot off despite Drew Doughty registering the sack from the blind side. 

19 Alex Burrows (December 19, 2011)

One of two beautiful goals the Sedins would orchestrate on the night. This one comes off the stick of Alex Burrows after Daniel Sedin spins Jared Spurgeon like a dreidel with a drag move. For more on this goal, go here.

18 Lee Sweatt (January 26, 2011)

Sweatt’s first and only NHL holds a special place in our hearts. He didn’t play a whole lot, but he was in the right place at the right time after Alex Burrows knocked Joel Ward off the puck and Daniel Sedin pounced on the loose puck. Daniel’s twirling pass is very nearly the best thing about this goal, but it’s hard to top Sweatt’s stony goal celebration.

17 Henrik Sedin (March 16, 2011)

Speaking of incredible Sedin passes, this one has to be among their best. It’s not just that it’s a beautiful drop-pass — it’s a beautiful drop-pass when the passer had a wide open shot. 98 out of 100 guys are shooting this puck. The other two are the Sedins.

16 Daniel Sedin (January 11, 2011)

More Wizardous Sedinerie. After Alex Burrows springs them for 2-on-1 with an asinine lob pass, the Sedins turn the lone man back to dust with not one pass, but two, and Daniel Sedin finishes with a pretty backhand drag around Nikolai Khabibulin. Awesome additional observation on this goal: Burrows starts this play by snatching the puck out of mid-air before his pass.

15 Ryan Kesler (May 24, 2011)

The game-tying goal with less than half a minute to go in a game five the Canucks would eventually win. Ryan Kesler had left the game earlier with what turned out to be torn muscles in his hip and groin, but he was back almost instantaneously, and it’s a good thing too: this is his goal.

14 Ryan Kesler (April 9, 2011)

Another beautiful piece of Sedinery, this time with Kesler acting as the finisher. The twins pulled this exact same move off on the Edmonton Oilers late in 2010, making two cross-zone passes (Daniel’s is especially stupid good) before finding Alex Burrows in the middle. Clearly Kesler was watching. Granted, all you can do is watch when they get like this.

13 Henrik Sedin (December 31, 2010)

Maybe it’s cheating a little to include a goal from 2010, but I have two justifications: first, last year’s list was published on the 28th of December, so this goal didn’t get a chance to be on it. Second, going by Greenwich mean time, this goal happened in 2011. Suck on that. Also it’s beautiful. Henrik Sedin’s saucer pass to start this sequence is downright absurd.

12 Sami Salo (May 22, 2011)

After discovering that the Sharks’s defensive strategy on the 5-on-3 included shading away from Sami Salo, Newell Brown borrowed this play from the All-Star Game skills competition, getting Salo to circle all the way out to the red line before sprinting back into the zone for a one-timer off a Henrik Sedin saucer pass. Suffice it to say, it worked.

11 Daniel Sedin (January 3, 2011)

After a turnover at the San Jose line, Alex Burrows throws the puck towards the goal, where both Sedins await. What makes this goal so incredible is that Daniel, the eventual goal-scorer, actually had the first touch. He tips it to Henrik, who throws it back, and Daniel buries it into the empty net.

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

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  1. Zach Morris
    December 29, 2011

    By my count, the Sedins were in on all ten goals.
    Man, they just rock.

    I suppose some kudos is due to Burkie.

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  2. Sarah
    December 29, 2011

    I’ve realized quite recently that I already miss the Sedins for when they retire or leave the team. Watching these goals only serves to deepen that realization…

    Hopefully they’ll be with the team for long enough to create many more top 50 lists!

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  3. tCL of OTP
    December 29, 2011

    It is absolutely astounding how these guys make the most ridiculous passes look astonishingly easy; likewise, how they make the best defencemen look ordinary. I don’t know that this fanbase truly appreciates what these guys have become.

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    • Zach Morris
      December 29, 2011

      After a while, you kinda acclimatise to the magic.
      “Another waist high backhanded tip goal? Ho-hum.”

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  4. jimbob
    December 29, 2011

    ’98 out of 100 guys are shooting this puck. The other two are the Sedins.’ best line you’ve ever written Harrison. awesome!
    agree with zach m. i’m watching these going “seen that before”

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  5. Canuckle
    December 30, 2011

    These highlights are better than Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em 23, a Xmas gift I just watched yesterday.
    On Goal #11, take a closer look: “actually” Daniel doesn’t tip the puck to Henrik. The pass from Burrows actually hits the heel of a Shark stick, redirects away from Daniel but right to Henrik. Further proof that opponents can not buy a break from the Sedinery.

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  6. Raj
    December 31, 2011

    One thing I’ve noticed about all these goals is how often the sedins score when the game is close/tied. I think that just shows how they DO perform in clutch situations, they drivve this team to be what it is.

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