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1983-84 Results

Roger Neilson, the genius who guided the Canucks to the 1982 Stanley Cup finals became the victim of the Canucks poor performance in 1983-84. He was fired 48 games into the season after failing to inspire the team to the heights they had acheived earlier. General Manager Harry Neale stepped in behind the bench and guided the Canucks to another third place finish in the Smythe Division. Patrik Sundstrom set a team record, recording 91 points, while Tony Tanti also set a team record, scoring 45 goals.

For the third straight season, the Canucks opened the playoffs against the Calgary Flames. After losing the first two games on the road, the Canucks came home and hammered the Flames 7-0. In that game, Doug Halward became the first Canuck to record a hat-trick in the playoffs and remains the only Canuck blueliner to accomplish that feat. Richard Brodeur became the first Canuck netminder to record a shutout in the playoffs. The buzz was short-lived as the Flames won the game and the series the following night.


Regular Season

 DATE  H/A OPPOSITION   SCORE OT GP  W  L  T  GF  GA PTS  AVG        HISTORICAL NOTES         
OCT  5  H  CALGARY      3-5 L     1  0  1  0   3   5   0 0.000 Gillis returns to Canucks      
OCT  7  H  MINNESOTA    10-9W     2  1  1  0  13  14   2 0.500 Highest score in Canuck history
OCT  9  H  TORONTO      7-4 W     3  2  1  0  20  18   4 0.667 First NHL goal for Cam Neely   
OCT 11  A  ST. LOUIS    2-3 L     4  2  2  0  22  21   4 0.500 Tanti records two points       
OCT 12  A  CHICAGO      1-2 L     5  2  3  0  23  23   4 0.400 Tanti scores lone goal         
OCT 15  A  MONTREAL     4-5 L     6  2  4  0  27  28   4 0.333 Sundstrom records three points 
OCT 19  H  EDMONTON     7-10L     7  2  5  0  34  38   4 0.286 Canucks up 6-3 after second    
OCT 21  H  NEW JERSEY   5-4 W     8  3  5  0  39  42   6 0.375 Five different Canucks score   
OCT 22  A  EDMONTON     5-5 T OT  9  3  5  1  44  47   7 0.389 First ever regular season OT   
OCT 25  H  ST. LOUIS    7-1 W    10  4  5  1  51  48   9 0.450 Gillis has three point game    
OCT 28  H  HARTFORD     5-4 W OT 11  5  5  1  56  52  11 0.500 Sundstrom scores first OT goal 
OCT 30  A  CALGARY      3-4 L OT 12  5  6  1  59  56  11 0.458 Flame Beers gets hat trick, OT 
NOV  1  A  NY ISLANDERS 3-6 L    13  5  7  1  62  62  11 0.423 Darcy Rota scores twice        
NOV  4  A  WASHINGTON   4-5 L OT 14  5  8  1  66  67  11 0.393 Rota scores twice again        
NOV  5  A  DETROIT      3-2 W    15  6  8  1  69  69  13 0.433 Canucks trail 2-0 after first  
NOV  9  H  WINNIPEG     2-7 L    16  6  9  1  71  76  13 0.406 Williams, Rota score           
NOV 11  H  WINNIPEG     4-2 W    17  7  9  1  75  78  15 0.441 Canucks up 3-0 after first     
NOV 13  H  MONTREAL     4-3 W    18  8  9  1  79  81  17 0.472 Tanti records three points     
NOV 16  A  LOS ANGELES  2-5 L    19  8 10  1  81  86  17 0.447 Currie, Rota score             
NOV 18  H  LOS ANGELES  2-5 L    20  8 11  1  83  91  17 0.425 Smyl, Gillis score             
NOV 20  H  LOS ANGELES  8-3 W    21  9 11  1  91  94  19 0.452 Tanti scores 20th of season    
NOV 23  A  WINNIPEG     4-1 W    22 10 11  1  95  95  21 0.477 Halward gets winner in second  
NOV 26  H  PHILADELPHIA 4-5 L    23 10 12  1  99 100  21 0.457 Smyl scores twice, adds assist 
NOV 28  A  NY RANGERS   3-3 T OT 24 10 12  2 102 103  22 0.458 Butcher ties game in third     
NOV 30  A  HARTFORD     6-2 W    25 11 12  2 108 105  24 0.480 Rota records hat trick, assist 
DEC  1  A  BOSTON       1-7 L    26 11 13  2 109 112  24 0.462 Sundstrom nets lone marker     
DEC  3  A  TORONTO      5-5 T OT 27 11 13  3 114 117  25 0.463 Canucks trail 3-1 in second    
DEC  6  H  NY ISLANDERS 2-5 L    28 11 14  3 116 122  25 0.446 Lanz in on both Canuck goals   
DEC  7  A  EDMONTON     4-5 L    29 11 15  3 120 127  25 0.431 Sundstrom has three point game 
DEC 10  H  EDMONTON     3-2 W    30 12 15  3 123 129  27 0.450 Lupul gets two points, winner  
DEC 13  H  QUEBEC       6-2 W    31 13 15  3 129 131  29 0.468 Gradin records three points    
DEC 16  H  CALGARY      5-3 W    32 14 15  3 134 134  31 0.484 Tanti, Rota two goals each     
DEC 18  A  BUFFALO      2-3 L    33 14 16  3 136 137  31 0.470 First NHL goal for Michel Petit
DEC 20  A  QUEBEC       4-6 L    34 14 17  3 140 143  31 0.456 Canucks up 2-1 after first     
DEC 21  A  DETROIT      9-5 W    35 15 17  3 149 148  33 0.471 Smyl, Sundstrom 3 points each  
DEC 26  H  LOS ANGELES  4-5 L OT 36 15 18  3 153 153  33 0.458 Dionne get hat trick, OT goal  
DEC 28  H  EDMONTON     2-4 L    37 15 19  3 155 157  33 0.446 Smyl, Currie score             
DEC 30  A  CALGARY      1-5 L    38 15 20  3 156 162  33 0.434 Neely opens the scoring        
DEC 31  H  BOSTON       5-5 T OT 39 15 20  4 161 167  34 0.436 First NHL goal for Schliebener 
JAN  3  A  LOS ANGELES  4-3 W    40 16 20  4 165 170  36 0.450 Neely gets winner late in third
JAN  4  A  LOS ANGELES  3-3 T OT 41 16 20  5 168 173  37 0.451 Gradin passes Lever in points  
JAN  7  A  MINNESOTA    0-2 L    42 16 21  5 168 175  37 0.440 Star Meloche gets shutout      
JAN  8  A  CHICAGO      0-2 L    43 16 22  5 168 177  37 0.430 Bannerman shuts out Canucks    
JAN 10  A  ST. LOUIS    0-2 L    44 16 23  5 168 179  37 0.420 Liut shuts out Canucks again   
JAN 13  H  WASHINGTON   4-6 L    45 16 24  5 172 185  37 0.411 Sundstrom breaks shutout streak
JAN 15  H  HARTFORD     5-0 W    46 17 24  5 177 185  39 0.424 Tanti 3 goals, Caprice shutout 
JAN 17  H  BUFFALO      1-5 L    47 17 25  5 178 190  39 0.415 Michel Petit scores lone goal  
JAN 18  A  EDMONTON     5-7 L    48 17 26  5 183 197  39 0.406 Roger Neilson fired after game 
JAN 20  A  WINNIPEG     6-6 T OT 49 17 26  6 189 203  40 0.408 Williams gets hat trick        
JAN 22  A  WINNIPEG     4-6 L    50 17 27  6 193 209  40 0.400 Lanthier plays first NHL game  
JAN 25  H  EDMONTON     4-6 L    51 17 28  6 197 215  40 0.392 Lemay records two goals        
JAN 27  H  PHILADELPHIA 4-0 W    52 18 28  6 201 215  42 0.404 Brodeur records the shutout    
JAN 29  H  NEW JERSEY   3-2 W    53 19 28  6 204 217  44 0.415 Gradin in on all three goals   
FEB  2  A  LOS ANGELES  2-4 L    54 19 29  6 206 221  44 0.407 Sundstrom, Lanz score          
FEB  4  H  NY RANGERS   4-5 L    55 19 30  6 210 226  44 0.400 Rangers up 4-0 early           
FEB  5  A  CALGARY      2-4 L    56 19 31  6 212 230  44 0.393 Peter McNab joins Canucks      
FEB  7  A  QUEBEC       4-2 W    57 20 31  6 216 232  46 0.404 Smyl records three assists     
FEB  9  A  MONTREAL     7-6 W    58 21 31  6 223 238  48 0.414 Sundstrom, Lafleur hat tricks  
FEB 11  A  NY ISLANDERS 4-6 L    59 21 32  6 227 244  48 0.407 Neely scores a pair            
FEB 12  A  PHILADELPHIA 6-5 W    60 22 32  6 233 249  50 0.417 Air Canuck helps team on road  
FEB 17  H  PITTSBURGH   1-4 L    61 22 33  6 234 253  50 0.410 Gradin scores lone marker      
FEB 19  H  CALGARY      5-2 W    62 23 33  6 239 255  52 0.419 Tanti scores, gets two helpers 
FEB 21  H  BOSTON       2-5 L    63 23 34  6 241 260  52 0.413 Neely, Sundstrom score         
FEB 23  A  CALGARY      2-3 L OT 64 23 35  6 243 263  52 0.406 Gradin, McNab score            
FEB 24  H  LOS ANGELES  5-3 W    65 24 35  6 248 266  54 0.415 Halward records three points   
FEB 26  H  TORONTO      4-4 T OT 66 24 35  7 252 270  55 0.417 Lupul scores twice in first    
FEB 28  A  WASHINGTON   3-2 W    67 25 35  7 255 272  57 0.425 Sundstrom gets winner in third 
FEB 29  A  PITTSBURGH   9-5 W    68 26 35  7 264 277  59 0.434 Sundstrom 6 assists, 7 points  
MAR  2  A  NEW JERSEY   2-4 L    69 26 36  7 266 281  59 0.428 Lemay in on both goals         
MAR  4  A  NY RANGERS   5-4 W    70 27 36  7 271 285  61 0.436 Lanz gets winner in third      
MAR  7  H  WINNIPEG     4-3 W    71 28 36  7 275 288  63 0.444 Tanti scores a pair, winner    
MAR  9  H  CHICAGO      4-3 W OT 72 29 36  7 279 291  65 0.451 Canucks down 2-0 in first      
MAR 11  A  EDMONTON     2-12L    73 29 37  7 281 303  65 0.445 Two Oilers get hat tricks      
MAR 13  H  PITTSBURGH   4-3 W    74 30 37  7 285 306  67 0.453 Molin gets two points in first 
MAR 17  H  BUFFALO      2-5 L    75 30 38  7 287 311  67 0.447 Gradin, Sundstrom score        
MAR 20  H  DETROIT      3-6 L    76 30 39  7 290 317  67 0.441 Game tied at three in third    
MAR 23  A  WINNIPEG     4-3 W OT 77 31 39  7 294 320  69 0.448 Tanti gets 3 points, OT goal   
MAR 25  H  CALGARY      4-4 T OT 78 31 39  8 298 324  70 0.449 Gillis records two points      
MAR 28  H  WINNIPEG     5-1 W    79 32 39  8 303 325  72 0.456 Gillis, Smyl, Gradin 3 points  
MAR 30  H  MINNESOTA    3-3 T OT 80 32 39  9 306 328  73 0.456 Tanti hits 45, Sundstrom 91    

                            Canucks finish third in Smythe Division                  

Playoffs

 DATE  H/A OPPOSITION   SCORE OT GP  W  L  T  GF  GA PTS  AVG        HISTORICAL NOTES       
APR  4  A  CALGARY      3-5 L     1  0  1  0   3   5   0 0.000 Empty net goal finishes game   
APR  5  A  CALGARY      2-4 L     2  0  2  0   5   9   0 0.000 Williams, Gillis score         
APR  7  H  CALGARY      7-0 W     3  1  2  0  12   9   2 0.333 Halward hat trick, Brodeur SO  
APR  8  H  CALGARY      1-5 L     4  1  3  0  13  14   2 0.250 Flame Reinhart gets hat trick  
                       Calgary wins best of five series three games to one             

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