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Canucks.com writer Derek Jory has begun to celebrate 40 years of the game we love and Vancouver Canucks hockey with a countdown of his Top 40 Moments in franchise history.

Top Moments 40-31 - Top Moments 30-21 - Top Moments 20-11 - Top Moments 10-1

Check Canucks.com every day from now until the first game of the 2010-11 season on October 9th, exactly 40 days away, as we reveal another classic Canucks moment that has helped shape this franchise into what it is today.

#20 - Luongo stones Crosby

December 8, 2007

Sidney Crosby can typically score at will when he's on the ice. Let him go in on a penalty shot and it's all but automatic. At least it was until Roberto Luongo had a say. After Aaron Miller hauled down Crosby on a breakaway 2:29 into overtime of a 1-1 game, Crosby’s first in Vancouver, the electrifying forward was awarded a penalty shot. He went in on Luongo with the game on his stick gaining speed as he raced down the ice, Crosby slammed on the breaks after a kick of the right leg and tried to put the puck behind Luongo. Too bad for him Lui was patient in his technique, sprawling to his right for the highlight save. The stop put the NHL on notice that Luongo is for real; if he can stop the game's best on a one-on-one duel, he can stop anyone and anything. Luongo has recorded 7,025 saves since joining the Canucks to prove it.

#19 - Stojanov for Naslund

March 20, 1996

It’s funny how a seemingly small trade can change a franchise forever. In 1991 the Canucks selected Alek Stojanov seventh overall in the NHL Draft; the Canadian forward was taken one spot after Peter Forsberg and reports were that the pair were on par with each other. That was not the case. Stojanov was as big a draft bust as Vancouver has ever had and in 1996, they shipped him to Pittsburgh for struggling Swedish forward Markus Naslund. As the seemingly urban myth goes, Naslund recorded 346 goals and 756 points (346-410-756) in 884 games with the Canucks; he’s Vancouver’s all-time club leader in goals and points and he also led the team in scoring for a record seven consecutive seasons giving him three benchmarks that won’t soon be eclipsed. Stojanov played 45 games over two seasons with the Penguins picking up six points.

#18 - The return of Linden

November 10, 2001

February 6, 1998 was a dark day for the Canucks as Trevor Linden, Vancouver’s second overall pick in 1988, was dealt to the New York Islanders in exchange for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan McCabe and 3rd round selection (Jarkko Ruutu). The Canucks weren’t the same without Linden and ditto for the longtime Canucks captain. After five seasons abroad playing for New York, Montreal and Washington, the Canucks fan favourite was brought back to Vancouver for a pair of picks. Linden played another six seasons for the Canucks and a franchise record 1,138 games in Vancouver overall; he left as the franchise’s second-leading scorer all-time with 318 goals, he’s also second all-time in points with 733. In 2009-10, Linden’s #16 was retired to the rafters at Rogers Arena.

#17 - Bure’s liftoff

November 5, 1991

Talk about living up to the hype. In Pavel Bure’s debut with the Vancouver Canucks – heck in his first shift with the Canucks, the Russian Rocket put on a show. Skating with linemates Trevor Linden and Greg Adams, Bure electrified fans the first time he touched the puck as he undressed Winnipeg’s Fredrik Olausson at the blueline before Bob Essensa turned aside his wrist shot. Bure finished the night with three shots on goal and the pair that followed his first were just as incredible. In the second period Bure flew down the right wing past Dean Kennedy and in on goal before Essensa’s poke check sent the puck and Bure sprawling to the ice. In the third Bure was sent in on a breakaway but couldn’t slide the puck fivehole on Essensa. It was clear from the beginning this guy was something special.

#16 - Goal of the year

April 10, 2010

What Daniel Sedin did to Miikka Kiprusoff is punishable by imprisonment in 17 countries; you truly had to see the replay to believe it. In the final regular season game of the 2009-10 season, Daniel Sedin scored the best goal of the 2009-10 season and not just by a Canuck, by anyone in the NHL. Following a faceoff win by Henrik in the Calgary end, the puck worked its way back to Christian Ehrhoff, who fired a shot/pass to Henrik, still at the faceoff dot. Hank back-tapped the puck to Daniel who was cutting in on goal from the left side. As Kiprusoff went for the poke check, Daniel pulled the puck between his legs and roofed it for a beer-spilling, popcorn-throwing, eye-bugging highlight reel goal, part of his second hat trick of the season and a 7-3 Canucks win which tied a franchise record for victories in a season at 49.

#15 - 72 for Lu

April 11, 2007

The only series to go a full seven games in the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs was Vancouver vs. Dallas and it was clear from Game 1 this battle was going the distance. The series opened at General Motors Place with the Canucks holding three leads in regulation, but never after to slow an intense Stars attack. Dallas dug out of a 4-2 third period hole leaving the game tied at 4-4 going into overtime. The Stars only turned up the heat even more in the extra session, thankfully Roberto Luongo was up for the task. Nothing was settled in the first overtime, so a second was needed, then a third, then a forth and almost a fifth before Henrik Sedin tipped in a pass from Daniel Sedin to end it. The longest game in Canucks history and the sixth longest playoff game in NHL history saw Luongo stop 72 of 76 shots in the 5-4 win. What a post-season debut.

#14 - Smashing

May 11, 1995

Trevor Linden had Jeff Norton in is sights for a while and when the moment of impact arrived, the predator devoured its pray. Linden was a leader through and through and with his team needing a boost in Game 3 of the 1995 Western Conference Quarter-Final, he took to the body to spark the Canucks. This epic hit sent Norton right through the glass and onto the laps of the first row of fans, who scattered like Godzilla had torn the roof off. This hit was a prime example of the player Linden was in Vancouver and it also defined Norton's career, according to the last line of his Wikipedia page: "A notable moment for Norton was when he was checked right through the glass by Trevor Linden." Epic.

#13 - Druken delivers

April 6, 2001

It came down to the bitter end for the Canucks during the 2000-01 season. After going winless in seven straight games leading into a home tilt with the Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver needed a win in its second last contest of the year to secure a playoff birth and ward off the pesky Phoenix Coyotes. Someone needed to step up and the unlikeliest of heroes emerged in Harold Druken. The swashbuckling forward was in a rut of his own having not scored in 13 consecutive games, but late in the 2-2 nail biter he broke out of his funk. Taking a pass from Todd Bertuzzi as he cut in front of the net, Druken snapped a shot past Felix Potvin to give the Canucks a 3-2 win and a secured playoff birth for the first time in four years.

#12 - The silencer

April 17, 2004

It was do-or-die for the Canucks in Game 6 of the 2004 Western Conference Quarter-Final as the Calgary Flames held a 3-2 lead in the series heading into the Pengrowth Saddledome. The Flames were a confident bunch coming off a pair of wins to take a stranglehold on the series, but their game didn’t reflect it early on. Jarkko Ruutu, Daniel Sedin, Brad May and Geoff Sanderson each scored to put the Canucks up 4-0 midway through the second, and a return to GM Place for Game 7 seemed inevitable. Then the Flames turned their game up. Four straight Calgary goals sent the game to overtime leaving a golden goal to decide the winner and Brendan Morrison was happy to provide it. Less than three minutes into the third overtime, Mo spun in front and out waited Miikka Kiprusoff before sliding the puck over the goal line and falling to his knees in celebration.

#11 - Back-to-back 60

1992-93 & 1993-94

With the speed and deft stick handling Pavel Bure possessed, it wasn’t a question of if he was going to score, it was when. The Russian Rocket had 34 goals in his first season with the Canucks before truly blasting off for consecutive 60 goal seasons; he’s one of 87 players to score at least 50 goals in a season, a feat that has been accomplished 185 times going into 2010-11. In 1992-93, Bure scored 60 goals and added 50 assists and was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team. The following season he became the eighth player in league history to record back-to-back 60 goal seasons; he put up 107 points in the regular season before showcasing his scoring prowess in Vancouver’s run to the Stanley Cup. Bure set post-season team records that still stand for goals (16), assists (15) and points (31).