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1987-88 Results

Pat Quinn wasted little time in making changes. Tom Watt was gone as head coach, replaced by Bob McCammon. The Canucks outbid many teams, signing Ian Kidd and proving that the Canucks were willing to spend money to build a contender. Patrik Sundstrom was sent to New Jersey for Greg Adams and an unproven netminder named Kirk McLean. McLean played so well that season that the Canucks sent Richard Brodeur packing (much to the dismay of many loyal King Richard fans). Despite some obvious improvements in the team, the Canucks still finished second last in the NHL.


Regular Season

 DATE  H/A OPPOSITION   SCORE OT GP  W  L  T  GF  GA PTS  AVG        HISTORICAL NOTES         
OCT  8  H  ST. LOUIS    8-2 W     1  1  0  0   8   2   2 1.000 Adams four goals in debut      
OCT 10  H  NY ISLANDERS 1-7 L     2  1  1  0   9   9   2 0.500 Boyd gets assists in his debut 
OCT 12  H  DETROIT      2-3 L     3  1  2  0  11  12   2 0.333 Lowry, Adams score             
OCT 18  A  LOS ANGELES  4-2 W     4  2  2  0  15  14   4 0.500 Pederson, Tanti 3 points each  
OCT 21  H  BOSTON       4-5 L     5  2  3  0  19  19   4 0.400 Skriko scores two goals        
OCT 23  H  EDMONTON     4-5 L OT  6  2  4  0  23  24   4 0.333 Canucks trail 4-1 in third     
OCT 24  A  EDMONTON     5-9 L     7  2  5  0  28  33   4 0.286 Five different Canucks score   
OCT 27  H  WASHINGTON   2-3 L     8  2  6  0  30  36   4 0.250 Lowry records two assists      
OCT 30  H  CALGARY      3-3 T OT  9  2  6  1  33  39   5 0.278 Coxe, Adams, Smyl score        
NOV  1  A  WINNIPEG     3-7 L    10  2  7  1  36  46   5 0.250 Pederson scores two goals      
NOV  3  A  WASHINGTON   2-3 L    11  2  8  1  38  49   5 0.227 Tambellini, Tanti score        
NOV  5  A  PHILADELPHIA 4-3 W    12  3  8  1  42  52   7 0.292 Canucks trail 2-0 after second 
NOV  7  A  MINNESOTA    4-1 W    13  4  8  1  46  53   9 0.346 Huber, Melnyk make Canuck debut
NOV  8  A  WINNIPEG     1-3 L    14  4  9  1  47  56   9 0.321 Melnyk injured blocking shot   
NOV 11  H  BUFFALO      4-4 T OT 15  4  9  2  51  60  10 0.333 Sutter ties game late in third 
NOV 13  H  QUEBEC       6-4 W    16  5  9  2  57  64  12 0.375 Tanti, Adams three points each 
NOV 15  A  CALGARY      4-8 L    17  5 10  2  61  72  12 0.353 Brett Hull gets hat trick      
NOV 17  H  PITTSBURGH   6-4 W    18  6 10  2  67  76  14 0.389 Hodgson records five points    
NOV 19  A  DETROIT      4-1 W    19  7 10  2  71  77  16 0.421 First NHL goal for Saunders    
NOV 21  A  ST. LOUIS    1-4 L    20  7 11  2  72  81  16 0.400 Adams opens the scoring        
NOV 22  A  CHICAGO      2-3 L    21  7 12  2  74  84  16 0.381 Pederson, Wickenheiser score   
NOV 25  H  CALGARY      2-4 L    22  7 13  2  76  88  16 0.364 Hodgson gone for the season    
NOV 27  H  NEW JERSEY   4-2 W    23  8 13  2  80  90  18 0.391 Adams two goals, two assists   
DEC  1  A  QUEBEC       3-1 W    24  9 13  2  83  91  20 0.417 Smyl records 600th point       
DEC  2  A  MONTREAL     3-3 T OT 25  9 13  3  86  94  21 0.420 Skriko records 100th goal      
DEC  5  A  PITTSBURGH   3-6 L    26  9 14  3  89 100  21 0.404 Game tied at three after two   
DEC  6  A  BUFFALO      5-1 W    27 10 14  3  94 101  23 0.426 Tanti scores two goals         
DEC  8  H  MINNESOTA    2-3 L    28 10 15  3  96 104  23 0.411 First NHL goal for Ian Kidd    
DEC 11  A  EDMONTON     1-2 L    29 10 16  3  97 106  23 0.397 Greg Adams gets only goal      
DEC 12  H  EDMONTON     3-6 L    30 10 17  3 100 112  23 0.383 LeBlanc returns and scores two 
DEC 15  A  HARTFORD     2-2 T OT 31 10 17  4 102 114  24 0.387 Woodley, LeBlanc score         
DEC 17  A  BOSTON       2-3 L OT 32 10 18  4 104 117  24 0.375 McLean outshot 51-23           
DEC 20  H  HARTFORD     3-3 T OT 33 10 18  5 107 120  25 0.379 Pederson caps comeback in third
DEC 23  H  LOS ANGELES  5-1 W    34 11 18  5 112 121  27 0.397 Five different Canucks score   
DEC 26  A  LOS ANGELES  2-3 L    35 11 19  5 114 124  27 0.386 Tanti, Adams score             
DEC 28  A  EDMONTON     3-7 L    36 11 20  5 117 131  27 0.375 Canucks trail 4-3 after second 
DEC 29  H  MONTREAL     1-4 L    37 11 21  5 118 135  27 0.365 Tanti scores lone goal         
DEC 31  H  WINNIPEG     2-1 W    38 12 21  5 120 136  29 0.382 Brawl in first; McLean 26 saves
JAN  2  H  PHILADELPHIA 1-4 L    39 12 22  5 121 140  29 0.372 LeBlanc scores only Canuck goal
JAN  4  A  TORONTO      7-7 T OT 40 12 22  6 128 147  30 0.375 Skriko records four points     
JAN  6  A  NY RANGERS   2-4 L    41 12 23  6 130 151  30 0.366 Adams, Skriko score            
JAN  7  A  NEW JERSEY   6-3 W    42 13 23  6 136 154  32 0.381 Sutter in on all three goals   
JAN  9  A  QUEBEC       3-2 W    43 14 23  6 139 156  34 0.395 Tambellini scores twice        
JAN 12  H  WINNIPEG     3-5 L    44 14 24  6 142 161  34 0.386 Canucks up 3-1 after two       
JAN 13  H  WINNIPEG     8-2 W    45 15 24  6 150 163  36 0.400 Tanti scores four, adds assist 
JAN 15  H  CALGARY      4-4 T OT 46 15 24  7 154 167  37 0.402 Skriko ties game in third      
JAN 17  A  WINNIPEG     6-5 W    47 16 24  7 160 172  39 0.415 Smyl hits 250 goal plateau     
JAN 19  A  CALGARY      5-7 L    48 16 25  7 165 179  39 0.406 Tanti scores two goals         
JAN 22  H  NY RANGERS   3-6 L    49 16 26  7 168 185  39 0.398 Skriko scores twice            
JAN 24  A  CHICAGO      1-3 L    50 16 27  7 169 188  39 0.390 Lidster suffers sprained knee  
JAN 26  A  ST. LOUIS    6-7 L    51 16 28  7 175 195  39 0.382 Pederson records five assists  
JAN 29  H  HARTFORD     2-4 L    52 16 29  7 177 199  39 0.375 Tanti scores both goals        
JAN 30  A  CALGARY      3-4 L    53 16 30  7 180 203  39 0.368 Tanti hat trick, 200th goal    
FEB  2  H  LOS ANGELES  5-2 W    54 17 30  7 185 205  41 0.380 Five different Canucks score   
FEB  3  A  LOS ANGELES  2-7 L    55 17 31  7 187 212  41 0.373 King Carson gets hat trick     
FEB  5  H  NEW JERSEY   5-1 W    56 18 31  7 192 213  43 0.384 Sandlak two goals, one assist  
FEB 11  H  EDMONTON     2-7 L    57 18 32  7 194 220  43 0.377 Smyl injured, out for season   
FEB 13  H  BOSTON       6-5 W    58 19 32  7 200 225  45 0.388 Stanley named interim captain  
FEB 14  A  EDMONTON     6-7 L    59 19 33  7 206 232  45 0.381 Three goals in 30 seconds      
FEB 17  H  PITTSBURGH   5-0 W    60 20 33  7 211 232  47 0.392 McLean records first shutout   
FEB 19  H  TORONTO      0-5 L    61 20 34  7 211 237  47 0.385 Leaf Wregget gets shutout      
FEB 21  A  NY RANGERS   6-4 W    62 21 34  7 217 241  49 0.395 Benning gets three assists     
FEB 23  A  NY ISLANDERS 1-6 L    63 21 35  7 218 247  49 0.389 Skriko ends shutout bid late   
FEB 24  A  MONTREAL     4-5 L    64 21 36  7 222 252  49 0.383 Sandlak records three points   
FEB 26  H  CALGARY      3-5 L    65 21 37  7 225 257  49 0.377 Pederson, Benning, Huber score 
FEB 28  H  LOS ANGELES  0-2 L    66 21 38  7 225 259  49 0.371 King Healy gets shutout        
MAR  1  H  PHILADELPHIA 3-7 L    67 21 39  7 228 266  49 0.366 Vilgrain scores first NHL goal 
MAR  3  A  WINNIPEG     3-4 L    68 21 40  7 231 270  49 0.360 Canucks up 3-1 after two       
MAR  6  A  WASHINGTON   2-7 L    69 21 41  7 233 277  49 0.355 Sandlak scores both goals      
MAR  8  A  NY ISLANDERS 4-7 L    70 21 42  7 237 284  49 0.350 Bradley, Bakovic debut         
MAR 10  A  DETROIT      2-5 L    71 21 43  7 239 289  49 0.345 Kidd assists on both goals     
MAR 12  H  EDMONTON     3-3 T OT 72 21 43  8 242 292  50 0.347 Sandlak ties it in third       
MAR 13  H  BUFFALO      5-7 L    73 21 44  8 247 299  50 0.342 Tanti records the hat trick    
MAR 16  A  LOS ANGELES  3-3 T OT 74 21 44  9 250 302  51 0.345 Bradley ties game in third     
MAR 18  H  LOS ANGELES  5-3 W    75 22 44  9 255 305  53 0.353 Skriko records four points     
MAR 22  H  TORONTO      5-3 W    76 23 44  9 260 308  55 0.362 Adams scores a pair of goals   
MAR 25  H  CHICAGO      3-2 W    77 24 44  9 263 310  57 0.370 Benning scores winner in second
MAR 26  A  CALGARY      1-6 L    78 24 45  9 264 316  57 0.365 Tanti scores lone goal         
MAR 29  H  WINNIPEG     2-3 L    79 24 46  9 266 319  57 0.361 Bruce, Adams score             
APR  1  H  MINNESOTA    6-1 W    80 25 46  9 272 320  59 0.369 First two NHL goals for Bakovic

                  Canucks finish fifth in Smythe Division (out of the playoffs)      

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