Although it was short on games, the 1994-95 Canucks season certainly wasn’t short on action.
The Canucks were coming off their magical 1994 Stanley Cup Final run, a new coach was behind the bench and it was the end of an era for a certain building on Renfrew Street. Canucks.com has cracked open the memory vault and taken a trip back in time, as we look back at the 1994-95 season, another lockout shortened year.
36 – Players suited up for the Canucks over the course of the season.
1 – New coach, as Rick Ley became the 12th head coach in Canucks history, taking over the coaching duties for Pat Quinn, who relieved himself of the duties to focus solely on general manager responsibilities.
18 – Wins the Canucks amassed that year.
18 – Losses the Canucks suffered during the season
12 – Ties the Canucks settled for, the most of any team in the league.
6 – Place in the Western Conference standings where the Canucks finished, one spot higher than the previous year.
4 – Game road trip, the longest of the shortened-season for the Canucks, which took them to Edmonton, Winnipeg, Chicago and Detroit. Canucks went 1-2-1 on the trek.
3 – Game winning-streak, the longest the Canucks had during the season.
3 – Game losing-streak, the longest the Canucks had during the season.
40 – Games played by goaltender Kirk McLean, who was in net for all 18 of the Canucks wins during the season.
148 – Goals allowed by the Canucks during the regular season, finishing 17th in the league.
153 – Goals scored by the Canucks during the regular season, good for eighth in the NHL.
20 – Goals scored by Pavel Bure, tops on the team.
23 – Assists by Bure and Jeff Brown, tops on the team.
43 – Points by Bure, three points ahead of Trevor Linden for the team lead.
8 – Goals the Canucks scored on February 20th against the Los Angeles Kings, the most in a game for the Canucks during the season.
4 – Trades made by the Canucks on April 7th, the NHL trading deadline.
35 – Times the Canucks were involved in a fight during the season.
9 – Fights between the Canucks and Winnipeg Jets on Feb 9th, 1995. The bad-blood erupted after Canucks rookie Mike Peca layed out Jets superstar Teemu Selanne with a crushing open-ice hit. All in all, 226 penalty-minutes were dished out to the teams, including 49 to Jets pugilist Tie Domi.
1 – Infamous line from Domi to the Canucks bench, “Alls I got to say, don’t dress (Pavel) Bure, don’t dress Bure next game, that’s all I gotta say.”
1 – Fight involving a Canucks goaltender, as back-up Kay Whitmore got the upper-hand on Red Wings forward Dino Ciccarelli.
1 – Playoff series win over the St. Louis Blues. Despite dropping Game 1, the Canucks pulled off a 4-3 first-round series victory with a 5-3 win in Game 7. It marked the fifth straight season the Canucks had made the post-season.
17 – Seconds it took for the Canucks to score two shorthanded goals against the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of their first-round series, setting an NHL record for fastest two shorthanded goals by one team. Christian Ruutu and Geoff Courtnall were the goal scorers.
0 – Games won by the Canucks in the second round, as the Chicago Blackhawks swept them 4-0, ending Vancouver's season.
1 – End of an era, as the Canucks played their final game at the Pacific Coliseum, a 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago in Game 4. Roman Oksuita scored the final Canucks goal in the Coliseum, while Chris Chelios netted the final NHL goal.
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