The annual Every Goal series will run Monday to Thursday through July and August, remembering every goal scored by the Canucks, player by player. Today, we look at David “Boothter Juice” Booth.
David Booth achieved a remarkable feat in his first season in Vancouver: he made fans wish that he would go to the net less often. That’s astounding. For years, fans have griped that so-and-so doesn’t go to the net, and at some point, every single Canuck is that so-and-so.
But Booth? He does it too much. That is a stunning reputation to have.
It’s also pretty silly. It’s not difficult to understand why Booth goes to the net so hard: that’s where he does his best work. The man scored 16 goals last season, and nearly every last one of them came within two feet of the crease. If you knew that’s where all your best things happened, why would you go anywhere else with it?
Poor Mason Raymond. He avoids a check at the beginning of this clip and he still does down. Anyway, this play begins and ends with Booth, as he knocks the puck off Blake Comeau’s stick with an insane power-slash, then cleans up Dan Hamhuis’s rebound by sliding the puck under Kiprusoff as he comes across.
Booth caught a lot of flack for his penchant for going hard to the net last season, but when it worked out, he looked excellent. It works here, as Booth burns past Yandle to corral a loose puck, then makes a beautiful move inside as Yandle guesses outside (why, I cannot say) to put the Canucks up one.
This goal comes off a won faceoff — the opening faceoff. Immediately after Ryan Kesler wins the draw, Booth and Raymond go to work, motoring into the Colorado end. Raymond makes a lovely move inside on his man, and when he’s taken off the puck, Booth pounces it on it and shovels it home on the backhand whilst being pulverized by Ryan O’Byrne.
Booth takes a one-timer from Alex Burrows and beats Ryan Miller on Gary Larson’s side, i.e. the far side.
In case it isn’t clear by now, Booth has pretty great hands down low. He shows them again here, picking up Zack Kassian’s rebound and shovelling a backhander up over Ryan Miller for his second of the night. Frankly, it’s impressive he even got to this puck. Watch him enter the zone at the beginning of this clip and check out how quickly he puts himself in behind the white shirts.
You might recognize this play from Cody Hodgson’s 5th of the season. It’s a set play, as Higgins into the corner to accept the pass from Booth, his man at the half-wall, then feeds it back to Booth as he cuts through the slot. But the real highlight of this clip: Rotislav Klesla’s vengeful mouthguard-chewing in the penalty box. That’s some angry mastication right there.
Again, Booth shows his quick hands down low, snagging a rebound in front and dragging it around Steve Mason in a flash. It helps that Aaron Johnson’s coverage is absolutely brutal. Not only does Booth blow by him after the puck is dropped, but his attempt to hook Booth back only serves to take his stick off the ice when the puck squirts out at the side of the goal. Just a terrible few seconds for Johnson.
And finally, the prettiest goal that David Booth scored in his debut season in Vancouver. Booth absolutely undresses Jeff Petry, going outside-inside on the Oilers’ defender before walking in alone for the goal. Two things to note: First, the drop pass from Kevin Bieksa — that powerplay drop pass that was so maligned last season. It works like gangbusters here, freezing the Oilers at the blueline and allowing Booth to fly by them with speed. The second thing to note: Andy Sutton. What the Hell is he doing on this play? The moment Booth takes the puck, Sutton charges out to the neutral zone and puts himself completely out of position for no reason like he’s bad A.I. in a video game. Seriously, that’s absurd.Tags: david booth, Every Goal, every goal 2011-12