Top 10 Moments of 2006-07 - Part 2
You'll laugh, you'll cry, and maybe you'll even get a little inspired but no matter what, it's full of moments from a year that went by much to quickly. This year's team was one to remember filling record books and making highlight reels every night.
Here's the conclusion of a two part countdown of the top ten moments from the 06-07 season.
After finishing out of the playoffs since 2004, you couldn't blame Canuck fans for feeling just a bit antsy after the Canucks missed a chance to officially clinch a playoff berth on March 25th, dropping a 5-4 shootout decision at home against the Colorado Avalanche. With a re-match against the Avs in Colorado two nights later, Roberto Luongo took it upon himself to book his team's return to the post season, and for himself, his first trip ever to the NHL's spring party.
Luongo made 34 saves in a game that was scoreless until Sami Salo finally broke the deadlock scoring on a 5-on-3 power play early in the third period. From there, it was all Luongo. He made 13 saves in the final frame and the Canucks added two empty-netters for a 3-0 victory.
"It feels nice," said Luongo on officially clinching a playoff berth. "It's going to be tight the whole way [in the race for the division]. We're probably in a playoff type atmosphere games here already - it's exciting and I can't wait for the playoffs to start."
4. OVERTIME KINGS...AND A DIVISION TITLE TO BOOT
The Canucks compiled a 17-7 record in overtime during 2006-07, but none was more important than their final overtime game of the regular season against the San Jose Sharks.
With a chance to clinch their division, the Canucks held a slim 3-2 lead late in the third period before Jonathan Cheechoo put the champagne on hold, scoring with just 33 seconds left in regulation. The celebration was short-lived as Mattias Ohlund netted his 11th goal of the season on a power play 34 seconds into overtime.
The win was Vancouver's 17th overtime victory of the season and earned them their second division title in three seasons. The win also gave the Canucks their 49th win of the season and their 105th point, both establishing new franchise marks.
3. NO. 63 FOR THE RECORD
It was one of the longest standing marks in the Canucks' annals - it stood for over three decades. But on March 25th, 2007, it finally fell in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Henrik Sedin recorded three assists, including his 62nd and 63rd of the season, breaking Andre Boudrias' all-time team record for most assists in a single season.
"The record is nice," said Henrik. "I think more so after the season when you look back and think about it, it's nice. Right now we're looking forward to the playoffs - I'll think about it after the season or after my career."
Henrik would finish the 06-07 campaign with 71 assists, cementing himself as the new Assists King in the Vancouver Canucks record books.
2. MARATHON OPENER
Call it a baptism by fire. After missing the playoffs in his first six seasons in the NHL, Roberto Luongo's first career playoff game was an epic event. By the time it finally wound to a jubilant close, Luongo had logged the equivalent of over two regulation games. Henrik Sedin scored the game-winner at 18:06 of the fourth overtime in a 5-4 victory that marked the longest game in Vancouver Canucks history (138:06 in total time).
Luongo, making his playoff debut, would set a team record for most saves in a single playoff game with 72, shattering the previous record held by Kirk McLean. The 76 shots he faced was an NHL record, while his 72 saves was just one shy of tying an NHL record. The game, which began at 7:11pm PST, finally wrapped up at 12:32am PST.
For the record, that game also set a new mark for most consecutive hours worked by canucks.com staffers in a given day' at just over 19 hours. We're hoping that mark stands up for at least another season.
1. SEVENTH HEAVEN
After being unable to finish off the Dallas Stars in Game 5 or Game 6, the Canucks returned to General Motors Place on April 23rd for a Game Seven showdown.
The night would not start well for the home team as the Canucks allowed a late first period goal to fall behind 1-0. Henrik Sedin's second goal of the playoffs, at the 15:12 mark of the second period, snapped Marty Turco's Dallas Stars' franchise record shutout streak at 165:45 and drew the Canucks into a 1-1 tie after two periods.
It then became the Trevor Linden show in the third, with the former Canucks captain scoring the eventual game-winner seven minutes into the final frame, tying him with Pavel Bure for most playoff goals in a Canucks uniform, and adding an assist on a Bryan Smolinski empty-netter to seal a 4-1 victory for the Canucks.
Linden's heroics may not have been possible without the stellar goaltending of Roberto Luongo not only in Game 7, but throughout the series. The win marked Roberto Luongo's first career playoff series victory, and clinched a date with the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
"I'm enjoying every minute of it right now," Luongo said. "I've waited for this for such a long time, and I couldn't be happier to be moving onto the next round. I think we worked hard all year to win our division and get home ice, and tonight I think we enjoyed the result of that."