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)
22 Daniel Sedin (January 30, 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.
21 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.
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)
12 Kevin Bieksa (April 10, 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.
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)