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Why we hate the Vancouver Canucks

Ending lengthy Stanley Cup droughts that aren’t theirs, inciting riots, general disappointment, and wearing hideous sweaters while doing it: these are the Canucks.

Vancouver Canucks v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s Rivalry Week at the mothership (SB Nation) and we’re taking part by airing our grievances with each and every NHL team. None will be sparred, not even NHL Seattle.

Earlier in the week touched on the dumpster fire that is the Buffalo Sabres, but next up is another Stanley Cup-less team: the Vancouver Canucks. But there is at least something that the Canucks can hold over the Sabres, it’s that they’re got the edge in post home game 7 Stanley Cup loss riots 1-0 over Buffalo.

Yup, the Canucks suck.

Ending the Rangers’ then 54 year Stanley Cup drought

Vancouver is 0-for-3 all-time in trips to the Stanley Cup Final, but two of them stick out as losses in crushing fashion —with one giving the hated Rangers their first Cup since the Roosevelt administration.

After losing just five games on their way to the final the Canucks proceeded to dig themselves a 3-1 series hole and needing a road win in game 5 to keep their Stanley Cup dreams alive. They’d do just that, wining games 5 and 6 to force a decisive game 7 on the road in New York.

Of course the Canucks ended up just getting the hopes of everyone involved up before letting them down as they allowed two first period goals within four minutes of each other on their way to a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to lose the Cup to the Rangers and their Canadian captain Mark Messier.

If Pavel Bure could have mustered more magic (Trevor Linden scored both goals for Vancouver in game 7), or Kirk McLean (32 saves on 35 shots) could have erased that four minute stretch in the first, the Canucks would be Cup champions and the Rangers would be 80 years between Cup wins right now.

Thanks for nothing, Canucks.

The 2011 post Stanley Cup riots

As if the Cup loss in ‘94 wasn’t already too much to stomach for poor Canucks fans, the team decided to one-up themselves in 2011.

The 2010-11 Canucks were a straight-up powerhouse led by Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Roberto Luongo in net, and an array of depth led by Ryan Kesler up front and a deep defense. Led by then-coach Alain Vignuealt, the Canucks won 54 games and racked up 117 points in the regular season on their way to the President’s Trophy.

Their success in the regular season carried on with a thrilling seven-game exorcism win over their playoff nemesis Blackhawks in the first round before dispatching the Predators and then Sharks in a relatively unassuming run to the Cup final after their matchup with Chicago.

Boston was the team on the other end, having sandwiched a clean four game sweep of the Flyers in the second round around two grueling seven-game series’ with the Canadiens and then Lightning.

Vancouver started fast with two wins at home to start the final but looked ugly in Boston, losing games 3 and 4 by a combined 11 goals but somehow removed with a 1-0 shutout win back at home in game 5 and looked poised with two chances to end their Cup drought.

They lost both game 6 and 7, getting out scored 9-2 in the process —including a listless 4-0 loss in game 7 at home.

Riot Breaks Out After Game In Vancouver
There were more cars set on fire (nine) after game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver than Canucks goals scored all series (eight).
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Alright so maybe the fans had a right to lose their damn minds after watching that game now that I think about it.

Patrick vs. Pettersson

Make no mistake heading into the 2017 NHL Entry Draft that Nolan Patrick was the No. 2 consensus player behind Nico Hischier. Elias Pettersson wasn’t in that discussion —and if you believe some out there rumors Cale Makar was— for the Flyers behind Hischier, widely assumed to be the Devils’ choice at No. 1.

Fast forward a few years later and Pettersson and Patrick are on very different career trajectories and it’s not great for the Flyers to say the least. Pettersson has racked up 132 points in 139 games and leads the ‘17 class in points shares (15.5 per hockeyreference) while Patrick has 61 points in 145 games and has been worth just 4.8 point shares.

Patrick arrived sooner, but has been slowed big-time by injuries —including missing the entire 2019-20 season due to migraines— while Pettersson has been wildly productive as the do-it-all dynamic playmaker for the Canucks.

How nice would the Swede fit into the Flyers’ top six with the likes of Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Jakub Voracek, Kevin Hayes, and James van Riemsdyk among others?

The Canucks lucked out here, and I hate them for it.

Orca whale logo

Vancouver Canucks v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

Like I have no idea what the heck their logo is, but somehow its survived 20+ years. Upon further review it survived because of some strong logo creep from their parent company —then Orca Bay.

Coincidence? I think not, and does it ever suck.

Now these beauties on the other hand?

Vancouver Canucks v Montreal Canadiens 1996-97 Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images

Or bring these hideous things back (preferably the monochrome yellow version).

Hold that Tiger, it’s the best highlight of the Canucks’ 49 seasons in the NHL probably.


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