The Vancouver Canucks are 23 games into the 2013-14 NHL season. They have 11 wins and 12 losses (eight in regulation, four in overtime/shootout). They've allowed 61 goals and scored just 58, and currently sit in fifth place in the Pacific Division, four points behind wild-card position.
Their numbers thus far may not be too pretty, but their goals sure are (most of them, anyway).
After spending the past hour watching each and every goal this season, I can confidently say that the following are the five best.
After a 4-1 loss in San Jose to open the season, the Canucks had an opportunity to please fans Oct. 5 during their first home game.
Facing the Edmonton Oilers, the Canucks took an early 3-1 lead in the first period. Seven minutes into the second, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, the seemingly telepathic twins, gave us a nice treat.
Following some pretty passing on the power play, Henrik Sedin received the puck and quickly made a beautiful spin-around pass to his his brother, who put it home to put the Nucks up 4-1.
The Canucks continued to handle the Oilers, winning the home opener 6-2.
After failing to end it in regulation, the two teams faced off in overtime. In the extra frame, Daniel picked up the puck during a cycle and faked a drop to Chris Tanev. Marcus Johansson fell for the trickery, opening a lane for Daniel—which he took and capitalized on, blasting a slap shot by Michal Neuvirth to win the game.
Just one day after winning the home opener against the Oilers, the Canucks found themselves in Calgary to face the Flames.
Calgary held its own in regulation, forcing the game to go to overtime tied 4-4.
Just over three minutes in, Kevin Bieksa got the puck and turned on the wheels, narrowly slipping a Dennis Wideman hip-check before centering it to Mike Santorelli, who tapped in his second of the game to win it.
On October 8, the Canucks found themselves in one of the most highly anticipated games of the season: the return of Cory Schneider.
In the second period, down two goals to one, Daniel Sedin fed the puck to Alex Edler on a rush. Edler smoothly took the puck off his skate and made some quick moves, putting a beauty past the former Canuck backup.
The goal that opened the scoring November 2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs was one that you never see unless the Sedin twins are involved.
The Canucks were slumping on the power play going into this one, but just eight seconds after Nazem Kadri put the Leafs short in the first, Dan Hamhuis, Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin teamed up for a highlight-reel tally (although Daniel was eventually awarded the goal).
The Canucks went on to beat Toronto 4-0 in what I believe was their best game of the season.
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