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Top 30 Moments: 20-11

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

There were enough inconceivably astounding moments from the 2010-11 season to write a novel that would make War and Peace a brisk read.

The Vancouver Canucks are coming off their greatest season in franchise history. Actually. It was actually the best year to be a part of Canucks hockey, which made coming up with a list of the top moments and then narrowing it down to a mere 30 next to impossible.

The office debate rages on at Canucks headquarters as to what moments are list-worthy and in what order they should be in, but with the 2011-12 season quickly approaching, it’s time to get our top 30 moments out there.

This year was derailed at the very bitter end, but let’s not forget what an unbelievable ride it was. Here’s part two of the Top 30 Moments of the season.

Top 30 Moments: 30-21

20. KNIGHTS OF THE NORTHWEST

2010-2011 season

The NHL’s Northwest Division has the greatest distances between teams in the league, but that hasn’t stopped the Canucks from dominating it of late with five titles in the last seven years, including the last three straight. Travel shmavel!  The champs are here


19. KESLER-BOMBING

March 5 - March 12, 2011

All Ryan Kesler wanted to do was make CanucksTV cameraman Rory McGarry laugh. He ended up making us all laugh. Kesler made cameo appearances in a handful of teammate’s interviews and the result was a loose Canucks team that went 5-0 on the trip he bombed. Bombs


18. NO SWEATT

January 26, 2011 vs. Nashville

Lee Sweatt’s first NHL game started with a prank and ended with a shot that was no laughing matter. The Canucks chanted ‘’Rudy, Rudy, Rudy’ after Sweatt realized he was alone on the ice for the pre-game warm-up, he then scored his first NHL goal, the game-winner. GGGOOAALLL


17. JUICE TRICK

May 18, 2011 vs. San Jose

A goal 12:05 into the second, a fight with 2:02 remaining in the second and an assist at the 7:56 mark of the third and Kevin Bieksa turned the rare Gordie Howe hat trick, not lost on Canucks fans who gave the game's first star a standing ovation. Boom Boom


16. INTO THE RING

Oct. 26, 10; Nov. 24, 10; Jan. 24, 11; Mar. 14, 11

The Ring of Honour was created to celebrate Canucks heroes who made a lasting impact on the franchise and there’s no arguing the inaugural four entrees. Orland Kurtenbach, Kirk McLean, Thomas Gradin and Harold Snepsts are all now immortalized at Rogers Arena. Snepsts ROH


15. NIFTY AT 50

March 27, 2011 vs. Columbus

On the 86th day of 2011, the Canucks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 to capture their 50th win for the first time in franchise history. Vancouver had come close to 50 twice before knocking on the door in 2006-07 and 2009-10, yet win #50 was elusive until this year.   5-0


14. TOWEL POWER

April 9, 2011 vs. Calgary

Roger Neilson couldn’t stand how the Canucks were being treated. He now stands outside the home of the Canucks, towel on a stick in rebellion, for all to admire. Before the final regular season game the 800-pound Neilson statue was unveiled. Roger immortalized


13. JENNINGS SQUARED

2010-2011 season

When Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider sat down in the dressing room pre-practice on April 11th, their nameplates read W. Jennings, a tribute to their league low 180 goals against, which earned them a share of the William M. Jennings Trophy. Award presentation


12. DOMINATION THY NAME IS KESLER

May 3 & 5, 2011 vs. Nashville

Ryan Kesler took the bull by the horns against the Predators in Round 2 of the playoffs. In Games 3 & 4 Kes was especially unreal, he shifted into Beast Mode with six points; he looked like Superman with wind at his back splitting the D for a true beauty. You know the one. Wow Kes


11. HOW THE WEST WAS WON

 March 29, 2011 vs. Nashville

Kyprios’ How the West Was One commemorated Vancouver’s third Western Conference title and one line said it all: "It's not the name on the back, rep the front of the jersey." The Canucks played as a team all year and it resulted in the best season ever. Simply the best


 
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