It seems like it’s been forever since the Canucks played and it feels as if it will be an eternity before they return to the ice again, but we’d run short on time trying to point out every reason the 2009-10 season was awesome. It ruled, it truly did.
From Rick Rypien feeding Hal Gill knuckle sandwiches and Roberto Luongo becoming the franchise shutout leader to beating Toronto in Toronto and Vancouver's Olympic glory, the moments were vast, numerous and wonderful.
Here is part two of the top 30 moments of the season. Bon appétit.
20. 500 BROTHERS
2009-10 season; brilliance every game
Of all the things Daniel and Henrik Sedin accomplished this season, topping 500 career points went almost unnoticed. They each had a career year in points allowing Hank to move into fourth in all-time scoring with 572 points, while Danny is now fifth with 547. What if?
19. SAMUELSSON SHINES
March 9, 2010 vs. Colorado
Vancouver’s best free agent acquisition emerged from his cocoon and flapped his wings. Hard. Samuelsson put up career numbers in goals, points and playoff points; he was unstoppable in a four-point game vs. the Avalanche when he picked up his first career hat trick. Sammy's hat
18. SHUTOUT KING
October 25, 2009 vs. Edmonton
Twenty-seven shots from the Oilers wasn’t enough to break Roberto Luongo’s focus as he strung together one of his most impressive performances of the year in the shutout. With the donut, Luongo moved passed Kirk McLean for first all-time with 21 blankings. 2-0 Canucks
17. GRABNER'S FIRSTS
April 2, 2010 vs. Anaheim
Michael Grabner’s first NHL point came in his first game, his first goal was scored in outing number four and everything was peachy until the injury bug bit. Grabner responded with his first hat trick eight games after his return. Saweeeet! One, two, three!
16. TIPPING THE HAT x 8
Eight times throughout the 2009-10 season
Vancouver finished the year with an NHL-high eight hat tricks, equaling its 1986-87 team record. Alex Burrows (2), Daniel Sedin (2), Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Sedin, Michael Grabner and Mason Raymond all went three and out in thrilling fashion this year. Hat trick club
15. BLACKHAWKS DOWN
May 1, 2010 & May 9, 2010 vs. Chicago
The Canucks felt good after advancing past the LA Kings, despite the Chicago Blackhawks standing in their way. They felt even better following a Game 1 thumping of the Hawks. Vancouver repeated the performance in Game 5, although it was too little, too late. The open
14. SCORING BY COMMITTEE
173 goals from six Canucks spread over the regular season
Outstanding goal campaigns from Alex Burrows, Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond cured Vancouver's secondary scoring woes as the Canucks had six 20-goal scorers for the first time since the 1992-93 season. Danny's final 3
13. NORTHWEST CHAMPS, AGAIN
April 4, 2010 vs. Minnesota
The first goal of the season was to win the Northwest Division, which Vancouver did for the third time in four years and fourth time in the past decade, the most of any Northwest team. The Canucks have now won the division title seven times in franchise history. A wild win
12. HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE
30 times throughout the regular season
During the regular season, no home barn was more difficult to play in than GM Place as the Canucks set a new franchise record for wins with 30, passing the 1992-93 franchise high of 27. Vancouver also posted its most points at home with 60, eclipsing 58 from 1992-93. Win #30
11. ROAD WARRIORS
January 30, 2010 - March 10, 2010
The Canucks faced the most daunting road trip in NHL history to accommodate the 2010 Winter Olympics and they jumped the hurdle in style. A .500 outcome was the goal meaning Vancouver outdid itself going 8-5-1 over 14 games during the epic 42 day trip. On the road again