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 take a look at Kevin “Vern Fiddler Impersonator” Bieksa.
The 2011-12 season was a good one for Bieksa. While still playing a shutdown role alongside Dan Hamhuis, he set a career-high in points with the third 40+ point season of his career. In addition, he finally succumbed to PITB’s omnipresent pressure and joined Twitter, giving Canucks fans what would end up being the second best Canuck player Twitter account.
His interviews this season were legendary, such as the Milk Hot Dog Interview and the one in which the interviewer mistook him for Ryan Kesler and Bieksa ran with it. Then there was the time he threw a glove at Cal Clutterbuck. Basically, Bieksa had a hilarious season off the ice that also happened to be highly successful on the ice.
Along the way, he scored 8 goals. When we take a look at all 8, I think you’ll agree: Bieksa Real Good!
Bieksa’s first of the season is atypical for him: a slap shot from the point on the powerplay that beats Jonas Hiller cleanly. While he has a fairly accurate slap shot, it’s not particularly heavy compared with someone like Edler or Salo, but when there’s that much traffic in front, accuracy is what counts. But that’s not what was atypical: Bieksa doesn’t normally score on the powerplay. Just two of his eight goals were scored with the man advantage…
…and here’s the second. Bieksa’s second of the season takes a wild deflection and flutters past Kiprusoff’s outstretched glove.
This is the most hilarious goal celebration ever. After a rocket of a one-timer beats Cam Ward past a Jannik Hansen screen, Bieksa responds with rage, going after Chad LaRose for slashing Hansen after the goal. His teammates desperately hold him back, trying to engage him in a celebratory hug, but Bieksa just scowls. It’s the Bieksaest goal celebration ever.
We should have known that Bieksa would be willing to impersonate Kesler, given how good an impression he does of Burrows on this goal. While Henrik and Daniel Sedin bamboozle the Kings’ defence, Bieksa jumps up into the rush and one-times Daniel’s perfect, spinning backhand pass into the net.
What was the highlight of Bieksa’s season ironically came in one of the worst games he played. He was terrible against the Avalanche in this game, but his diving empty net save leading to a goal at the other end (after an assist from his dear friend, the stanchion) was absolutely fantastic. He just has a way with stanchions.
Do you know what’s better than scoring 5 goals against the Maple Leafs? Scoring 6 goals. The passing on this goal is insane. Hamhuis’s outlet pass under pressure is unreal, then the Sedins do their usual thing, but my favourite pass is the one-touch backhand setup by Jannik Hansen as he spins off his check. Lovely.
Bieksa is the one who blasts this into the net, but Dale Weise is the real star of the show, battling hard below the goal line to free up the puck, then feeding Bieksa at the point and heading straight to the net to screen Devan Dubnyk. One thing that people seem to forget is that Weise was just a rookie last season, having played just 10 games with the Rangers the year before. For his first full year in the NHL, Weise was solid and I’m glad the Canucks re-signed him.
We’ve seen Bieksa’s ability to jump up into the rush once already; here he does it again, picking up a nice feed from Mason Raymond, then picking up his own rebound and deftly tucking it around Kari Lehtonen like a receiving blanket.Tags: Every Goal, every goal 2011-12, Kevin Bieksa, kevin bieksa is amazing