Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Top 50 Canuck Goals of 2010 (10-01)


And here we are. We've had a fun run, wouldn't you say? We've got 40 goals down and 10 to go in our list of the best Canuck goals of 2010. We're sure you know how this list ends, and we hope you've enjoyed getting there with us, but there are still some surprises in store.

If you're late to this countdown, we recommend you start at the beginning with numbers 50-31.

We at PITB are confident that some of the top ten Canuck goals of 2010 will be obvious choices, some will come as surprises, and some are likely to have been forgotten until right now. So, without further ado, we end our list. After the jump, the 10 best Canuck tallies of the year that was 2010.


10 Henrik Sedin (January 25, 2010)
The 10th best goal of 2010 comes on an incredible breakaway move from Henrik Sedin, as he makes like he's going to the backhand, then puts on the brakes and drags the puck back the other way.




09 Henrik Sedin (April 21, 2010)
Henrik's game-winning playoff goal comes on a fabulous end to end rush by the eldest twin. His stickwork and his skating are top-notch here, and his reaction after scoring the goal--pure, delirious excitement--was priceless. A classic Henrik moment.




08 Daniel Sedin (March 30, 2010)
In one of the finest pieces of wizardous sedinerie of 2010, Alex Burrows gets the puck to Henrik, who swivels for a backpass to his brother. The pass is so perfect and perfectly unexpected that it beats Brzygalov all on its own, and Daniel only needs to slightly graze it in order to redirect it home.




07 Alex Edler (March 07, 2010)
You might not agree with how high this goal is ranked, but Pavol Demitra's soccer kick around the boards is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. After losing his stick in a board battle with Grebeshkov, Demitra just boots the puck as hard as he can. Incredibly, it rings all the way around to Ryan Kesler, who centers to Alex Edler for the tally.




06 Alex Burrows (March 24, 2010)
Number six is similar to number eight, as well as a few others on this list, but I'm giving top marks for aesthetics. This one is executed by Henrik and Daniel so perfectly that Burrows literally has a wide open net; Hiller is no longer in it.




05 Christian Ehrhoff (January 21, 2010)
The 5th best goal of 2010 comes on a fabulous rush through the middle from Christian Ehrhoff. The Sedins pulled off this play a few times in 2010; Ehrhoff's is special because of the speed he comes in with, and for how he kicks the puck to his stick like another great Canuck might have done.




04 Mikael Samuelsson (April 15, 2010)
Mikael Samuelsson scores a big playoff goal here after a Daniel Sedin feed during a goalmouth scramble. The incredible thing about the feed is that it's a kick--Daniel puts the puck right on Sammy's stick with a no-look backheel. Even without hockey sticks, the Sedins pass the puck better than I could ever hope to.




03 Daniel Sedin (January 9, 2010)
Who, on a breakaway, is ever thinking of passing the puck? Only Henrik Sedin, who fools everyone when he cuts across the Kipper's crease, then unexpectedly drops the puck to Daniel for a tap-in.




02 Brad Lukowich (January 25, 2010)
This is almost identical to the goal Christian Ehrhoff scores at number five, except that it's Brad Lukowich, of all people. Daniel's stickwork as he cuts across the zone before making the drop is incredible, and Lukowich's reaction to the score is one of the great goal celebrations of 2010.




01 Daniel Sedin (April 10, 2010)
What more can be said about this goal? Lots, hopefully. On the final game of the season, with an Art Ross trophy hanging in the balance, the Sedins scored one of the most beautiful goals you'll ever see. Nothing I've seen comes close to this. The Score had it listed as the second best sports play of 2010, and I thought even that was about twelve spots too low. This is a once-in-a-lifetime goal from once-in-a-lifetime players. It's the goal of the year, the goal of the decade, and maybe the finest goal ever scored in a Canucks uniform. It's that good.




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11 comments:

  1. Great posts watched every goal.. Any chance of a Hatricks of 2010 compilation? twas an extraordinary year for hatties. I remember a time when they were few and far between.

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  2. Good idea, Kenny. I may very well throw that up later this aft.

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  3. This is some great stuff! Thanks for putting it together. Is there a reader out there that'd be willing to put them all into a YouTube playlist? :D

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  4. How many of these did the Sedins have nothing to do with?

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  5. By my count, the Sedins were major factors in 29 of these. I checked all the SHGs - none of them had a Sedin in the box.

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  6. You could probably do a top 50 that was just as impressive with ONLY Sedins goals.

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  7. "Who, on a breakaway, is ever thinking of passing the puck?"

    The answer is always Henrik.

    "The Score had it listed as the second best sports play of 2010, and I thought even that was about twelve spots too low. This is a once-in-a-lifetime goal from once-in-a-lifetime players. It's the goal of the year, the goal of the decade, and maybe the finest goal ever scored in a Canucks uniform. It's that good."

    Preach it. I set this clip to 1080p and rewatched it a million times, and I think it just cured every illness I've ever had/will have. It's that amazing. What tops it off are the "MVP" chants. I wonder what the twins are saying to each other on the bench after that goal...

    I'M SENSING A DISTINCT WIZARDOUS SEDINERY THEME TO THESE GOALS. They are seriously so sick. I could pretty much man!cry thinking about all that they'll have accomplished by the time they're done. Which will hopefully be never, we need to cryogenically freeze them, clone them, do whatever we can.

    Considering how amazing they are as players and human beings, I have to wonder what in the world is wrong with them. There HAS to be something wrong with them, right?

    Other wise they just aren't human. But that's a whole other sci-fi-induced comment.

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