Time to dust off that tattered, old Canucks hat or the Jyrki Lumme jersey your grandma bought you for good luck. You know the one that you HAVE to wear during every playoff game? We are going to need all hands on deck because the 2013 NHL Playoffs are coming around the corner.
To get you into the mood, here are the top ten Vancouver Canuck playoff moments.
10. Nazzy Picking Corners
Again the Canucks were fighting back from a 3-1 deficit in the opening round of the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinals against St. Louis. Up 2-1 in the second period and on the power-play the Canucks captain dangled back and forth on the side-boards before letting his patented wristshot loose, wiring the puck into the top left corner. The Canucks completed their comeback for their first playoff series win in seven years.
9. A Series of Fortunate Events
One of the strangest goals in Canucks history (and that's saying a lot). The Canucks trailing 2-1 with 30 seconds left with the goalie pulled and all sorts of craziness occurs. Jarome Iginla starts it all by missing an empty netter and follows it up by tripping on his own stick allowing Markus Naslund a path to the net, where Matt Cooke bangs home a rebound sending the game to overtime.
8. Luongo's 72 save playoff premier
In the first NHL playoff game of his career Roberto Luongo had perhaps the greatest debuts in league history, standing of his head to make 72 saves in a quadruple overtime 5-4 win against the Dallas Stars. His 72 save performance was just one save short of tying Kelly Hrudey's NHL playoff record.
7. Linden Shatters the Glass
Trevor Linden channeled his inner Hulk, pulverizing St. Louis' Jeff Norton right throug the Pacific Coliseum glass. The Canucks followed their captain's lead, eliminating the Blues out in seven games.
6. Back-to-back-to-back OT Winners
Facing elimination in the 1994 opening round against Calgary, Geoff Courtnall breathed life back into the Canucks with an overtime winner in Game 5. The next game, Trevor Linden saved the season with another winner in overtime. Then in Game 7, after Kirk McLean made 'The Save', Pave Bure capped off the comeback with 'The Goal'.
5. Bieksa bounces the Sharks
Of the 18,000+ inside Rogers Arena for Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, Kevin Bieksa may have been the only one who followed the puck when it ricocheted off the boards directly at him on the Sharks blueline. When he one-timed the bouncing biscuit past Antti Niemi, no one on the ice, in the crowd or even those watching at home, had any idea what was going on.
4. Towel Power is born
After some questionable calls in the second game of the 1982 Campbell Conference Finals in Chicago, Canucks bench boss, Roger Neilsen waved a white towel off one of his players stick, signalling his surrender to the stripes. Neilsen was tossed out of the game, but when the Canucks returned home they were welcomed by thousands of towel-waving fans at the Pacific Coliseum, creating the Towel Power tradition.
We go back to 1994 and the Western Conference Finals with the Canucks a single win away from their second Stanley Cup final appearance it was time for a BC boy to play hero. Just 14 seconds after the puck dropped in the second overtime, Greg Adams found himself alone in front of Leafs 'tender Felix Potvin and backhanded the the puck in, punching the Canucks ticket to the Finals.
2. The Save
Captain Kirk with the greatest save in the history of the Canucks franchise. It was 1994, Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game 7 on the line, the Flames' Robert Reichel was staring at an open net when, BOOOM, Kirk McLean boots the puck off the goal line saving the game and the series.
1. Burrows Slays the Dragon
The Canucks faced the Blackhawks for the third straight season, jumping out to a commanding 3-0 lead in the series before Chicago stormed back to force Game 7. Five minutes into overtime Alex Burrows gloved a puck off the glass, faked a slap-shot and let it rip into the top corner. The city erupted, the Canucks conquered their rivals and were on the road to the Stanley Cup Finals.
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