Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Top 50 Canuck Goals of 2010 (30-11)

The Canucks scored some dazzling goals in 2010, but it will be a brand new year in only a few short days. Who knows what the new year will hold? Now, I don't mean to hit the panic button but, as of this writing, the Canucks are scoreless in 2011. Seriously, don't panic.

While we cross our fingers and hope they can sort that out, PITB has compiled a list of the 50 best goals of the year that was, to ensure fans don't forget how this team spoiled us with their incredibly playmaking. Yesterday we gave you the back twenty of this massive list, and today we give twenty more. After the jump, numbers 30-11 on our list of the top 50 Canuck goals of 2010.

30 Ryan Kesler (March 03, 2010)
Kesler scored this beauty late last season on a strong individual effort. He goes to the net hard, outmuscling three Red Wings and burying it.

29 Alex Burrows (March 03, 2010)
Watch this one a few times. Brad Stuart has solid position on Alex Burrows to prevent him from getting to the net, but Burrows perfectly times his inside move, stepping in front of him and making a gorgeous tip for the goal.

28 Jannik Hansen (December 18, 2010)
A recent tally, Jannik Hansen finished a pretty passing play that begins with Jeff Tambellini beating Luke Schenn wide, and ends with Ryan Kesler stepping around a sprawling Francois Beauchemin to feeding the puck across to Hansen for the score.

27 Aaron Volpatti (December 20, 2010)
Aaron Volpatti's first NHL goal comes off a thunderous bodycheck on Alex Pietrangelo, delivered by Tanner Glass. After the puck pops free, Volpatti is smartly in position to accept the feed from Alex Bolduc.

26 Mason Raymond (December 01, 2010)
Mason Raymond's highest entry on this list comes on a fantastic breakaway move, as he outwaits Kiprusoff, dragging the puck across the crease and roofing a backhand.

25 Alex Burrows (December 12, 2010)
Burrows finishes yet another beautiful Sedin passing play, after Henrik spins, then fires a remarkable tape-to-tape cross-ice feed to his brother, who centers for Burr.

24 Daniel Sedin (November 24, 2010)
It's a testament to the Sedins' remarkable skill that their slap-pass, now so thoroughly perfected they can do it during a scramble at even-strength, falls this low on the list. We take daily these guys for granted.

23 Alex Burrows (January 16, 2010)
Burrows notches a shorthanded tally on his signature breakaway move, after tipping the puck away from Sergei Gonchar and taking off in a hurry.

22 Daniel Sedin (January 30, 2010)
Daniel scores the game-winner in Toronto after he and his brother take the puck end-to-end to cap off a remarkable comeback. It's incredible to me how little space they have, yet they make this look so easy.

21 Daniel Sedin (January 30, 2010)
The game-tying goal from the same game. Daniel receives a beautiful no-look feed from Alex Burrows and slides the puck into a wide-open net.

20 Alex Burrows (March 05, 2010)
Burrows' shot is incredible, but what really makes this play is Daniel's dive to receive this pass. Then, before Brent Seabrook can get to him, Daniel's up and the puck is in Alex Burrows' wheelhouse.

19 Kevin Bieksa (May 09, 2010 )
Kevin Bieksa finishes off a 2-on-1 with an nifty move, keeping the puck on his forehand and tucking it short side on Antii Niemi.

18 Henrik Sedin (December 23, 2010)
In a tight game, this might have been seen as one of the plays of the season, but in a blowout where everyone from the Columbus players to the broadcast team is already checking out, a remarkable play like this is met only with John Garrett's incredulous chuckle.

17 Alex Burrows (January 05, 2010)
Alex Burrows scores a hat-trick goal on a beautiful feed from Ryan Kesler. You have to admire how hard he skates to come out of his own zone with speed, and eventually to get to this puck at the side of the net.

16 Jeff Tambellini (December 22, 2010)
Tambellini's wrister is already a pretty big deal in Vancouver, and this is the best example of why: the space on the short side of Howard is miniscule, but Tamby finds it. It's especially impressive considering he received the pass on the backhand.

15 Kyle Wellwood (January 21, 2010)
The real star of this clip is Steve Bernier who, on the backhand and with one hand on the stick, tips the puck over the stick of his defender to send Wellwood in.

14 Raffi Torres (November 02, 2010)
Give Raffi an A for effort on this one, as he dives at the puck in order to get to it before Theo Peckham, and somehow manages to knock it home.

13 Rick Rypien (January 05, 2010)
I love this goal, because the draw weight on Kyle Wellwood's pass is so unique. He flips a little saucer pass well before Rypien arrives in the zone, but the puck is just sitting there waiting to be wired. Rypien makes no mistake, pouncing on the gift and sending it to the back of the net.

12 Kevin Bieksa (April 10, 2010)
Bieksa is the goal-scorer on this clip, but the real star if Eric Nystrom, who doesn't bother to check anyone. The Sedins look like geniuses here, and they are, but if Nystrom is in position, Bieksa isn't open.

11 Daniel Sedin (April 10, 2010)
Daniel Sedin does something we rarely see from him, as he takes the puck to the net hard, but make sure you also recognize the remarkable tape-to-tape saucer pass that Henrik throws his way to start the play.

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  1. I'm noticing a distinct Kyle Wellwood flavour to this series of goals.....

  2. Kyle Wellwood only scores highlight reel goals. Unfortunately, since goals of that sort are rare, Kyle Wellwood rarely scores.

  3. Kyle Wellwood scored a goal today!
    Not exactly what I'd call "highlight reel"... but still a goal.
    There's a video of highlights at the bottom of this page if anyone's interested, Wellwood's goal is about 35 seconds in.

    I enjoy the two guys who start celebrating without him..

  4. I just don't get what about wellwood's goal against Dallas is highlight reel worthy? Is it the saucer pass goal? Or the weird Bernier I've-never-done-this-before shovel pass? The shot is weak and unimpressive and the pass can not have been completely on purpose. I love Bernier, I have a Bernier Canucks jersey. And I know that that pass is something that no one will ever witness again.

  5. Part of the reason it's so amazing is that it's something we'll never witness again. It's a one-handed backhand flip-pass over the defender's stick springing Wellwood for the goal. Even if it's not entirely on purpose, it's still amazing and worth remembering.

  6. Remember when Wellwood and Bernier combined with Mason Raymond and Kevin Bieksa for a crazy four-way tic-tac-tic-tac-toe goal against Dallas a couple seasons ago? If anyone can dig that up, it'd be sweet.

  7. I like the clip of Bieksa's 2nd goal of last season (in the last game of the regular season). The lack of goals is probably why many people were frustrated with him last year - they mistakenly think he is supposed to be a goal scorer for the team when that is not his role. Of course it is always nice to see him put one in the net (like mid-December against Edmonton). It is like having the fourth line of forwards get a goal: always a bonus.

  8. There are some FANTASTIC plays here! Love your insight.

    Surprised you didn't mention the icing on top that is Bieksa's ref bounce in 19 though ;)


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