Vancouver Canucks: Their 7 Most Memorable Streaks in This Millennium
The Vancouver Canucks are hot right now, having won nine of their last 10 games. This incredible streak is the first time this season the Canucks have looked like the dominant team we saw last season, when they won the President’s Trophy and made it to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
If the Canucks can finally get over the hump and win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, this streak will be viewed as the streak that jump-started their success. Either way, it’s certainly been a memorable run, which reminds me of some other memorable streaks over the last 10 seasons for the Canucks.
This team has had several great winning streaks in recent memory, along with a few other memorable individual streaks.
With that being said, let’s take a look back at the Canucks' seven most memorable streaks of this millennium.
7. March 5 - 31, 2011: 11 Victories in 12 Games
This was one of two great hot streaks for the Canucks during their best regular season ever. It came after the team had been fairly average during the month of February as they had alternated wins for the previous 12 games.
However, the Canucks' defence was suffering through an endless parade of injuries during that time and once they got healthy, the team went on a roll.
Ironically, the streak was book-ended by two 3-1 victories over the L.A Kings, with the latter win clinching the President’s Trophy for Vancouver.
Their only loss during that time frame was on March 18 against the Phoenix Coyotes.
6. November 23 – December 2, 2007: Three Game Shutout Streak for Roberto Luongo
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Roberto Luongo was the star of the Canucks during his first three seasons with the team. In the early stages of the 2007-08 regular season, he established a new team record for the longest shutout streak in Canucks history when he recorded three straight shutouts in late November.
The streak began over the final 15 minutes in a loss to the St. Louis Blues, but after that Luongo blanked the Chicago Blackhawks, the Anaheim Ducks and finally the Columbus Blue Jackets. It ended 16 minutes and 38 seconds into a game against the Minnesota Wild, giving Luongo a shutout streak of 210 minutes and 34 seconds.
However, this record only held up for one year as Bobby Lu was at it again the next season.
5. November 2 – 12, 2008: Luongo Breaks His Own Record by 32 Minutes
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November has always been Roberto Luongo’s best month as a Canuck, and his two memorable shutout streaks are a big reason for this.
This time Luongo’s streak lasted 242 minutes and 36 seconds. It began late in the second period in a loss to the Detroit Red Wings, which was followed by another three straight shutouts against the Nashville Predators, the Phoenix Coyotes and the Minnesota Wild.
Luongo was less than a period away from a fourth consecutive shutout when Marek Svatos ended the streak in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
This remains the record for the longest shutout streak in Canucks history today.
4. January 26 – February 25, 2003: 14 Games Without a Loss
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Do you remember what NHL hockey was like before shootouts? It may seem like a long time ago, but shootouts were only implemented to decide games after the lockout in 2005. Before that, there were ties.
During the Canucks' 14-game unbeaten streak, they recorded 10 wins and four ties. The streak is the longest unbeaten streak in team history and began with a 1-0 victory at home over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Nearly a month later, the Canucks destroyed the Atlanta Thrashers 8-0 at the rink formerly known as General Motors Place.
This streak is actually only the second most memorable streak of 2002-03. Keep reading to see where the other streak ranks on this list.
3. December 8, 2010 – January 11, 2011: 17 Straight Games with at Least a Point
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You could argue that this is the most impressive streak in Canucks history as they went 14-0-3 during a stretch that lasted over a month in their record-breaking 2010-11 season.
It was during this streak that the Canucks took over first place in the entire NHL, and once they were at the top, they never gave up that position for the remainder of the season. For this reason, this streak is more memorable than their streak of 11 wins in 12 games later in that same season.
The only losses during this incredible run were against the Tampa Bay Lightning (5-4 in overtime) along with two losses against the Detroit Red Wings, one in overtime and one in a shootout.
2. March 1 – 8, 2007: Six Goals in Four Straight Games and a Bra for Jeff Cowan
March was a good month for Jeff Cowan back in 2007, particularly the beginning of it.
Cowan, a fourth-line grinder who hadn’t scored a goal in nearly a year, was able to score on a shorthanded breakaway against the Phoenix Coyotes on March 1. Then, Cowan somehow managed to tally a pair of goals against the Minnesota Wild. It was the first time Cowan had ever scored more than one goal in a game, and he miraculously did it again in the very next game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
It was in this game that something strange happened, which is the precise reason that this unlikely goal-scoring streak by Cowan is so memorable. After Cowan scored his second goal of the game, a woman decided to throw her bra on the ice.
This was proof that hockey players in Canada are treated like rock stars.
To put the icing on the cake, Cowan scored yet another goal in the Canucks' following game and even spent time some time playing on the top line with the Sedin twins. This prompted some Canucks fans to call him “The Utter Brother” in response to the bra incident. However, the most popular nickname for Cowan after this odd occurrence was “The Brabarian.”
For the record, Cowan scored one more goal later that month, which would end up being his last ever in a NHL regular season game.
He may have only recorded 47 goals and 81 points in 413 career NHL games, but thanks to four wonderful games, Jeff Cowan was the talk of the NHL for a short time in early March of 2007.
BONUS: Here’s a video of another bra that was tossed at former Canucks General Manager Dave Nonis during a post game interview a few days after the original bra was thrown.
1. November 9 – 30, 2002: Longest Winning Streak in Team History
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You can’t get much more memorable than the Canucks' 10-game winning streak in 2002, which is the longest in team history. There were no ties or overtime/shootout losses mixed into this streak. It’s just straight wins.
In fact, this streak is so impressive that the Canucks never even gave up a point to their opposition during these 10 games. They also only had three one-goal victories during this streak, which shows how dominant they truly were at the time.
The 2002-03 season was a memorable one for the Canucks. They had a great team and many thought they were capable of winning the Stanley Cup. However, a second-round playoff upset at the hands of the Minnesota Wild ended those hopes.
How long will the Canucks' current hot streak last? We’ll have to wait and see. Canucks fans can only hope it’s the start of a run all the way to the Stanley Cup in June.