It’s crazy to think that it’s been over 8 months since we last saw a goal scored by the Vancouver Canucks. Or, 24 hours if you caught part one of our annual list of the best Canucks goals of the year yesterday. If you’re champing at the bit for more Wizardous Sedinerie, Barbaric Boothiness, and Salacious Salodom, you’re in luck.
Here is part two of the top 30 Vancouver Canucks goals of 2012.
20 | Daniel Sedin (March 17)
Do you want proof that it doesn’t matter who the Sedins’ winger is? Here you go. Technically Mason Raymond was the right wing on the top line in this game, but the Sedins decided that their new winger was Brett Lebda and executed an incredible pinpoint passing play with him for this beautiful goal.
19 | Daniel Sedin (January 24)
While this may look like Wizardous Sedinerie, the wizardry is actually being perpetrated by Alex Burrows and Dan Hamhuis, whose neat interplay of no-look, backhand passes is only finished off by a Sedin, namely Daniel. It’s only fair that Daniel got the goal, considering it was his work at the blueline that covered for a missed pinch by Hamhuis and created the turnover.
18 | Henrik Sedin (February 2)
Sometimes I feel like you can tell how good a Canucks goal is by how monotone John Garrett’s reaction is. Here, he mutters “Whoa, man, was that nice” with all the enthusiasm of a 12-year-old thanking his Grandmother for the socks she gave him for Christmas, which must mean it was a gorgeous goal. This was from the brief period of time when Byron Bitz was playing the role of a third Sedin, making gorgeous backhand saucer passes look completely routine. For once, the Sedins got the opportunity to just go to the net, put their stick on the ice, and tap the puck into the empty net.
17 | David Booth (February 12)
We all wish that David Booth had scored more goals last season, but it wasn’t just because he didn’t quite live up to expectations. It was also because sometimes, when he scored, it looked like this. After Kyle Chipchura accidentally turned Kesler’s poorly conceived cross-ice saucer pass to Manny Malhotra into a brilliant up-ice saucer pass to Booth, Booth powers to the net past Keith Yandle and pulls the puck around Jason LaBarbera with all the on-Earth authority of the Pope. Which is odd, since Booth is a Protestant.
16 | Daniel Sedin (January 31)
There are a lot of things that make this goal special. The first is the sweet little pass from Henrik behind the net to Daniel, threading the needle between the post and Duncan Keith. The second is that Daniel set a franchise record with his 10th overtime winner. The third is that it beat the Blackhawks. And isn’t that what really matters?
15 | Samuel Pahlsson (March 8)
This goal could have gone so, so wrong. Hansen’s drop-pass is cheeky enough, but Bieksa’s toe-drag around Bryan Little is cheekier than a nudist colony. If Little gets his stick on the puck, the Jets are looking at an odd-man rush the other way in the final minutes of a tie hockey game. Instead, Bieksa sets up Pahlsson for the one-timer, who makes his first Canucks goal a gamewinner.
14 | Daniel Sedin (January 12)
Ken Hitchcock has a hard-and-fast rule for his teams: if you break your stick, you immediately skate to the bench for a replacement, reasoning that it’s better to be without a player for a few seconds than have a player without a stick for a few minutes. Even hard-and-fast rules have their exceptions, however. For instance, when in a 4-on-3 penalty killing situation against the Sedins, STAY IN THE FREAKING PASSING LANE. Turns out that Oshie wasn’t aware of this exception, leaving Henrik with the largest passing lane of his career to Daniel for the one-timer, which was his 100th career powerplay goal and 700th career point.
13 | Ryan Kesler (March 10)
The passing on this play is sublime, from Kesler’s tip pass to Booth on the breakout all the way to Booth’s feather soft lead pass to Kesler for the goal. Kesler’s finish, however, is the real highlight as he whips the puck over Carey Price’s right pad and just inside the post.
12 | Henrik Sedin (January 7)
Normally, when the Canucks execute the slap-pass into the slot for a tip, the person doing the slapping is Henrik and the person doing the tipping is Daniel. This time, Alex Edler is the slapper and Henrik is the slappee, which means the slap-pass itself has a lot more pace. Henrik’s tip from the high slot is perfect, putting the puck top corner. The icing on the cake: it’s a powerplay goal against the Bruins. I love those.
11 | Sami Salo (February 18)
“Oops.” Jim Hughson basically sums up this goal with that one word. Matthew Lombardi has a full two seconds to clear the puck on the penalty kill and somehow whiffs it, sending it directly to Alex Edler at the point. A few passes later and Salo is set up with a one-timer. He, of course, scores.