On November 12th, Pavel Bure will be officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. It was a long time coming for the Russian Rocket, who was in his 6th year of eligibility. As one of the greatest goalscorers in the history of the NHL, it was about time that Bure got into the HHOF, but right now I want to remember more than just his goalscoring.
Bure’s electrifying speed combined with his incredible hands made him arguably the most exciting player in the NHL and definitely the most exciting player in Canucks history. Every time he came flying through the neutral zone or even just touched the puck, fans inched to the edge of their seats and held their breath. It wasn’t just that he scored a lot of goals, it’s that he always seemed like he was just about to score a goal whenever he was on the ice.
That is why he was thrilling to watch night in and night out. But while Bure’s stupendous goalscoring is well documented, there’s not a lot of footage available online of Bure when he wasn’t scoring.
In stepped YouTube user WeatherWiseCDC to fill the void. WeatherWiseCDC took six games from Bure’s career as a Vancouver Canuck where he didn’t score and edited together two highlight reels. He called them “The Lost Shifts.” I call them awesome.
Here are a few notes on these awesome videos:
If we were writing I Watched This Game posts back then, every single bullet point would be about one of the times Bure touched the puck.
It is an absolute tragedy that Bure played the majority of his career in the Dead Puck Era. The amount of holding and hooking in these two videos that doesn’t get called is astonishing. Add in the fact that the two-line pass was illegal when Bure played and you have a confining cage placed around one of the most creative and dazzling players to play the game.
Kudos to WeatherWiseCDC on the choice of music, which makes it feel like an actual hockey highlight video from the 90′s.
Because these videos don’t show any of Bure’s goals, you get to see some of the other elements of his game, like his sublime passing. Bure’s assist on Steve Staios’s goal at the end of part 2 is positively Sedinesque in its wizardry.
Has any player been as terrifying to see as a defender coming through the neutral zone toward you? Maybe Mario Lemieux or Bobby Orr. The fact that those are the two names that come to mind says something about Bure.
Man, I miss the skate logo and the 90′s Canucks colours. It may just be nostalgia, but I miss all of the 90′s jerseys, even the Flames’. They’re just bright and fun. It’s one of the reasons I love the Nashville Predators new bright yellow jerseys. The NHL needs the bright colours.
I don’t miss the maroon, silver, and navy blue. At all.
I kept hearing the name “Messier,” but the Canucks weren’t playing against the Oilers or Rangers. Very confusing. The play-by-play man must have been mispronouncing someone’s name.
Seeing Markus Naslund score off a Bure rebound near the end of part 1 made me sad imagining Bure playing on the same team as the West Coast Express. Oh, what could have been…
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