We’re nearing the end of 2013, which means it’s time to look back at the past year and judge it like a snooty celebrity fashion blogger. Personally, I’m disappointed that at no point did Snake Plissken make his way across Los Angeles Island to retrieve the Sword of Damocles, as I was promised would occur in 2013 in the movie Escape from L.A.
The Canucks didn’t play as many games in 2013 as fans might have hoped, particularly in May and June, but there were still some memorable games. Here are the 5 best and 5 worst Canucks games of the year.
5 | Canucks vs Blackhawks, February 19th: 4-3 shootout loss
While it may seem odd to peg a loss as one of the best games of the year, this game made up for it in entertainment value. The two teams combined for 75 shots on goal in a wide open affair, but the best part for Canucks fans was the late comeback. Down 3-1 with three minutes to go, the Canucks got goals from Edler and Bieksa to tie the game, with Bieksa’s tying goal coming with a minute left. Despite the eventual shootout loss, it was thrilling.
4 | Canucks vs Kings, March 2nd: 5-2 win
This game was the epitome of Canucks hockey: the Sedins were superb, the goaltending was excellent (apart from the contractually obligated one bad goal), and Henrik Sedin took a hooking penalty. That last one was the key, really, as his two minutes in the box gave him time to analyze and decode the game. After his penalty, he saw the game like Keanu Reeves at the end of the Matrix and was easily the best player on the ice, finishing with two assists.
3 | Canucks vs Predators, March 14th: 7-4 win
Games against the Predators are generally pretty boring, full of stifling defence that limits scoring chances. This game was the exact opposite. Andrew Ebbett played his best game as a Canuck, tallying three points, including opening the score just over a minute into the game and making a great pass on a 3-on-2 to set up Mason Raymond.
Jannik Hansen also had three points, while Henrik Sedin scored a pretty penalty shot goal, but the best part of the game was actually the first intermission, which featured the comedy stylings of Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider riffing on their supposedly contentious relationship.
2 | Canucks vs Maple Leafs, November 2nd: 4-0 win
It’s hard to sum up exactly why it’s so satisfying when the Canucks beat the Maple Leafs, but it might have something to do with the west coast getting force-fed the Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada for decades. In any case, this game was something special, featuring Pavel Bure’s number retirement ceremony to start things off, with a dominant effort by the Canucks to follow.
1 | Canucks vs Bruins, December 14th: 6-2 win
You don’t remember this game? It literally just happened this past weekend. It was pretty great.
5 | Canucks at Oilers, March 30th: 4-0 loss
Cory Schneider gave up two goals on the first two shots and the rest of the Canucks were equally terrible. They were so bad that one of Wayne Gretzky’s records was broken, as Taylor Hall scored the fastest hattrick in Oilers history, scoring his third goal less than 8 minutes into the game.
4 | Canucks vs Red Wings, March 16th: 5-2 loss
You could argue that the Canucks 8-3 loss to the Red Wings a few weeks earlier was worse, but this loss was immensely more disappointing. The Canucks showed up to start of the game in their fancy new Vancouver Millionaires jerseys, then forgot to show up for the rest of the game.
Making things worse, the Canucks opened the scoring just 6 seconds into the game, getting fans’ hopes up before dashing them horribly.
3 | Canucks vs Ducks, January 19th: 7-3 loss
Last season’s lockout was excruciating, depriving fans of NHL hockey for three painful months. When the lockout finally ended, fans were excited for the return of Canucks hockey, full of hope and optimism. The Canucks then went out and stunk up Rogers Arena with their season opener. Everyone was terrible, except for Dale Weise, who was still riding the high of being the best player in the Dutch league during the lockout.
2 | Canucks at Oilers, April 27th: 7-2 loss
With their playoff position already decided, the Canucks decided to phone in the final game of the 2012-13 regular season. Unfortunately, literally phoning it in wasn’t an option, so they dressed a skeleton crew and lost to the Oilers in embarrassing fashion.
Jason Garrison, Dan Hamhuis, Alex Edler, Alex Burrows, and Daniel Sedin all sat this one out in order to avoid injuries heading into the playoffs, while Henrik Sedin played one 22 second shift so he could keep his iron man streak alive, then watched the rest of the game from the locker room.
1 | Canucks at Sharks, May 7th: 4-3 overtime loss
This one hurt: down 3-0 in the series and 2-1 heading into the third period, the Canucks came out and, in the words of Ryan Kesler, “competed like bastards,” scoring twice and taking the lead. But then two questionable calls, both drawn by Tommy Wingels, ruined everything, as the Sharks scored on the power play to tie the game with less than 5 minutes left, then again in overtime to sweep the Canucks.
This feature takes a moment to recognize the best tweets of the week, because we’re online-type writers and Twitter is an online-type thing. If you see a great Canucks-related tweet, send us a link. Or plagiarize it and bask in its glory.
Hey @NHLBruins 6-2 be you!!!!!
— Gráinne (@wholegrainne) December 15, 2013
I know, I know.
Chris Tanev is now over 88 minutes of 4-on-5 icetime this season. Vancouver’s goal differential in those 88 minutes? +1.
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) December 15, 2013
This incredible statistic probably explains why the Canucks’ PK is so good. Probably.
Good to see Brad Marchand unveiled the new celebration he planned to use when he scored goals in the Cup Final last year.
— Cörey Masisak (@cmasisak22) December 15, 2013
And Corey takes down Brad Marchand’s Cup-lift and ring-kiss mimes in one fell tweet. Ba-zing.Tags: The Paper Feature