Every Goal, 2012-13: Jason Garrison

Jason Garrison has a fantastic debut season with the Canucks at both ends of the ice. Defensively, he was a rock, forming an excellent shutdown pairing with Dan Hamhuis (although it left Kevin Bieksa paired with Alex Edler, which was much less excellent). At the offensive end, he scored 8 goals in 48 games — all in pretty much the same way. What we learned, time and time again, is that Garrison has a pretty decent release.

Actually, decent is an understatement. When he gets the puck at the point with a little time and space, it’s such an automatic killshot he may as well hold his stick sideways.

And so we ask: do you like goals from the top of the zone? Because if so, then boy oh boy, you’re gonna like what we have in store for you. It’s eight of that thing you like. Granted, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all, but it’s way more fun to see them all.

1 | January 30 vs. Colorado Avalanche

Yeah, get used to this. Garrison’s first of the season (and as a Canuck) comes courtesy a cannon from the point, as Erik Johnson bails on that whole “advancing the puck smartly, like a 1st overall pick is sort of supposed to do” thing and just hands the puck to Garrison. Garrison makes him pay, introducing himself to the Rogers Arena faithful with a one-timed slapper so slappy you’d think it had a nephew named Skippy.

2 | February 21 vs. Dallas Stars

If that last goal didn’t convince you that Jason Garrison’s slapshot is dangerous, how about the fact that his half-slapshot nearly killed Antoine Roussel? After the Stars’ forward blocks the first shot, he slides to the boards in serious pain, leaving Garrison the time and space to charge up a Megaman-esque super-blast. Having seen what Garrison did to Roussel, the rest of the Stars wisely decide to let the net absorb the force of this one.

3 | February 26 vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Great pass by Kesler here to get this puck to Garrison at the top of the point. Once it’s there, Garrison hesitates, uncertain of whether he can get his shot through, then sees a lane open up on Mike Smith’s left and throws the puck through it. Lucky for him (and the Canucks, none of whom are really in position for a rebound if it comes back up the middle), that lane continues all the way beyond the goal line.

4 | March 12 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

This goal came during the Canucks’ much-discussed powerplay drought, and effectively ended it. Unfortunately, the Columbus penalty expired a split-second before Garrison scored this goal the same way he scores all his goals, meaning we got a bunch more articles about the problems with the Canuck powerplay and it’s inability to do exactly what it did here. Granted, the coaching staff’s refusal to give Garrison a permanent spot on the top unit kept those articles at least somewhat relevant, even if they seemed a touch dishonest.

5 | March 24 vs. Colorado Avalanche

Speaking of Garrison and the top unit, here’s an example of what one assumes he might have done more of with more first-group powerplay time, scoring on a shot from the point that somehow trickles past Jean-Sebastien Giguere. This goal also features a very familiar sight for Canucks fans: Shane O’Brien emerging from the penalty box after a goal. Miss you, buddy.

6 | April 13 vs. Colorado Avalanche

Giguere can feel a little less embarrassed about getting beaten on this one, as it’s a typical Garrisonian one-timer from the point. Those are hard to stop. They’re harder still when you recently took a shot to the mask and are having a little trouble seeing, and even harder when you’re trying to ignore the disheartening sight of your defence struggling to contain a line of Andrew Ebbett, Tom Sestito and Zack Kassian.

7 | April 15 vs. Nashville Predators

You’ll never guess how this one is scored: a one-timer from the point. It’s like, yeesh, Garrison, mix it up a little, you know? Nice puck movement from the Canucks to win this draw, control possession along the boards, then set Garrison up at the top of the zone. With Jannik Hansen is leaning on Pekka Rinne like he’s not strong and needs a friend to help him carry on, Garrison ¬†powers it home for the goal.

8 | April 25 vs. Anaheim Ducks

And finally, just one last reminder that Jason Garrison is deadlier than nightshade with a top-zone shooting lane, listen for the sexy ping on this one, as he blisters a puck home versus the Ducks. Credit again goes to Ryan Kesler, with whom Garrison switches sides, for opening up a little more space by faking a wristshot that the league has learned to respect. That freezes everyone, and Kesler seizes the moment to set Garrison up for the one-timer.

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  1. Chris the Curmudgeon
    September 3, 2013

    One of the biggest potential benefits of the coaching change could be an improvement in player usage. I think a lot of Canucks fans will agree that seeing AV shuffle his lines ad nauseum at even strength, while steadfastly sticking to the same underperforming power play lineup, was infuriating to say the least.

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  2. Aaron
    September 3, 2013

    Agreed and the inability of AV to get the team to step up when they needed to will most likly change too. I’m very interested in seeing what Torts can do!

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