2010-11

Coach: Alain Vigneault
Captain: Henrik Sedin
First Round Draft Pick: No pick (traded with Michael Grabner and Steve Bernier for Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich)
Leading Scorer: Daniel Sedin
Playoff Result: Lost in Stanley Cup Final

The 2010-11 season was the Canucks 40th anniversary, and they chose to celebrate it by having the best season the franchise has ever had. For the first time in club history, the Canucks won the Presidents Trophy. Daniel Sedin won the Art Ross Trophy, as his brother did the year before (he didn’t win the Hart, but won the Lindsay Trophy). Ryan Kesler won the Selke Trophy. Roberto Luongo was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. Luongo and Cory Schneider won the Jennings Trophy. Mike Gillis was named general manager of the year. Dan Hamhuis, Keith Ballard and Manny Malhotra were key additions to the team in the offseason.

The Canucks had high expectations heading into the regular season, and they met (or even exceeded) all of those expectations. In a cruel twist, the Canucks were rewarded with the best season in club history by playing the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first round. The Canucks won the first three games of the series before the Blackhawks rallied to force a seventh game. A late shorthanded goal in game 7 by Jonathan Toews forced overtime. A spectacular Roberto Luongo save allowed Alex Burrows to score one of the biggest goals in franchise history to ‘slay the dragon’ and vault the Canucks into the second round.

 

The Canucks faced the Nashville Predators in the second round and were able to get past the Preds in 6 games. Ryan Kesler had perhaps the finest series any Canuck has ever had. He had 11 points in 6 games and was dominant in all facets of the game.

The Western Conference final featured a matchup against the San Jose Sharks. The Canucks played the Sharks tough and dispatched them in five games. Henrik Sedin was spectacular in the series, putting up 12 points in the series.

The Canucks faced the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final in what was the most crushing defeat in team history. The Canucks led in the series 2-0 and 3-2 but were unable to close the Bruins out. The Bruins won 4-0 in game 7 at Rogers Arena, ending the dream season and crushing the hopes of Canuck Nation.

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