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1990-91 Results

Bob McCammon coached 54 games in 1990-91 before being fired. Pat Quinn took over behind the bench and, despite a 9-1 loss in his first game, began guiding the Canucks to a better fate. Late in the season, GM Quinn obtained "the blues brothers" (Geoff Courtnall, Cliff Ronning, Sergio Momesso and Robert Dirk) from St. Louis. The new blood rejuvinated the Canucks and led to a late season "turtle-derby" for fourth place with the Winnipeg Jets. Neither team could pull away from the other, until the season came down to the final Canuck game. The Canucks defeated the Jets in overtime to finally clinch a playoff spot.

The Canucks met the Gretzky-led Los Angeles Kings in the first round. A Geoff Courtnall hat-trick in the first game stunned the Kings faithful. Vancouver jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second game before the Kings rebounded to win. In the third game Cliff Ronning scored in overtime, then celebrated by riding his stick a la Tiger Williams before being mobbed by his teammates. Unfortunately, this was as close as the Canucks would come. They lost the next three games and the series.


Regular Season

 DATE  H/A OPPOSITION   SCORE OT GP  W  L  T  GF  GA PTS  AVG        HISTORICAL NOTES         
OCT  4  A  CALGARY      2-3 L OT  1  0  1  0   2   3   0 0.000 Robert Kron makes NHL debut    
OCT  6  A  LOS ANGELES  6-3 W     2  1  1  0   8   6   2 0.500 Petr Nedved makes NHL debut    
OCT  9  H  LOS ANGELES  2-6 L     3  1  2  0  10  12   2 0.333 Gamble returns after 20 months 
OCT 12  H  ST. LOUIS    4-0 W     4  2  2  0  14  12   4 0.500 Gamble records the shutout     
OCT 14  H  EDMONTON     5-4 W OT  5  3  2  0  19  16   6 0.600 Skriko gets the overtime goal  
OCT 17  H  BOSTON       3-1 W     6  4  2  0  22  17   8 0.667 Bradley scores twice           
OCT 19  A  WINNIPEG     5-7 L     7  4  3  0  27  24   8 0.571 Capuano scores a pair of goals 
OCT 21  A  QUEBEC       3-2 W     8  5  3  0  30  26  10 0.625 Bozek scores twice in third    
OCT 23  A  DETROIT      0-6 L     9  5  4  0  30  32  10 0.556 Wing Cheveldae gets shutout    
OCT 25  A  BOSTON       2-4 L    10  5  5  0  32  36  10 0.500 Linden, Butcher score in third 
OCT 27  A  HARTFORD     4-2 W    11  6  5  0  36  38  12 0.545 Linden scores a pair of goals  
OCT 30  H  WASHINGTON   1-2 L    12  6  6  0  37  40  12 0.500 Bozek scores lone goal         
NOV  1  H  NEW JERSEY   2-1 W    13  7  6  0  39  41  14 0.538 Bradley closes the scoring     
NOV  3  H  WINNIPEG     3-5 L    14  7  7  0  42  46  14 0.500 Bradley opens the scoring      
NOV  6  H  DETROIT      6-3 W    15  8  7  0  48  49  16 0.533 Bozek records three points     
NOV  8  A  TORONTO      5-3 W    16  9  7  0  53  52  18 0.563 First NHL goal for Garry Valk  
NOV  9  A  BUFFALO      1-7 L    17  9  8  0  54  59  18 0.529 Lumme scores lone goal         
NOV 11  A  PHILADELPHIA 0-2 L    18  9  9  0  54  61  18 0.500 Flyer Peeters gets shutout     
NOV 14  A  EDMONTON     3-5 L    19  9 10  0  57  66  18 0.474 Goal while everyone at bench   
NOV 16  H  NY ISLANDERS 3-2 W    20 10 10  0  60  68  20 0.500 Canucks up 3-0 in second       
NOV 19  H  CALGARY      4-6 L    21 10 11  0  64  74  20 0.476 Butcher 2 points, 7 minutes    
NOV 21  H  CHICAGO      4-1 W    22 11 11  0  68  75  22 0.500 Odjick two fights in NHL debut 
NOV 23  A  MINNESOTA    4-6 L    23 11 12  0  72  81  22 0.478 Star Bellows gets hat trick    
NOV 24  A  ST. LOUIS    3-3 T OT 24 11 12  1  75  84  23 0.479 Canucks trail 3-1 in second    
NOV 27  H  MINNESOTA    1-1 T OT 25 11 12  2  76  85  24 0.480 Odjick scores first NHL goal   
NOV 29  H  TORONTO      2-1 W    26 12 12  2  78  86  26 0.500 Linden gets winner late        
DEC  2  A  WINNIPEG     5-1 W    27 13 12  2  83  87  28 0.519 Butcher records four assists   
DEC  4  A  NY ISLANDERS 4-2 W    28 14 12  2  87  89  30 0.536 Valk scores a pair of goals    
DEC  5  A  NEW JERSEY   4-9 L    29 14 13  2  91  98  30 0.517 McKichan plays his only period 
DEC  7  A  PITTSBURGH   2-2 T OT 30 14 13  3  93 100  31 0.517 McLean makes 28 saves          
DEC 10  H  QUEBEC       2-3 L OT 31 14 14  3  95 103  31 0.500 Bozek in on both goals         
DEC 12  A  EDMONTON     4-5 L    32 14 15  3  99 108  31 0.484 Canucks down 5-2 after second  
DEC 14  H  NY RANGERS   3-5 L    33 14 16  3 102 113  31 0.470 Valk scores two goals          
DEC 16  H  CALGARY      2-5 L    34 14 17  3 104 118  31 0.456 Bozek, Plavsic score           
DEC 18  A  CALGARY      3-2 W    35 15 17  3 107 120  33 0.471 Mazur scores first NHL goal    
DEC 20  H  EDMONTON     7-4 W    36 16 17  3 114 124  35 0.486 Linden records six points      
DEC 22  H  LOS ANGELES  4-3 W    37 17 17  3 118 127  37 0.500 Lumme records three points     
DEC 23  A  EDMONTON     3-4 L    38 17 18  3 121 131  37 0.487 Odjick records 32 minutes      
DEC 27  H  MONTREAL     5-7 L    39 17 19  3 126 138  37 0.474 Canucks go from 6-0 to 6-5     
DEC 28  H  EDMONTON     2-5 L    40 17 20  3 128 143  37 0.463 Adams records two points       
DEC 31  A  WINNIPEG     1-2 L    41 17 21  3 129 145  37 0.451 Mazur scores lone goal         
JAN  2  A  HARTFORD     2-5 L    42 17 22  3 131 150  37 0.440 Kron, Quinn score              
JAN  3  A  BOSTON       3-8 L    43 17 23  3 134 158  37 0.430 Game tied at three after first 
JAN  5  A  MINNESOTA    6-5 W    44 18 23  3 140 163  39 0.443 Quinn records three points     
JAN  8  H  BUFFALO      3-3 T OT 45 18 23  4 143 166  40 0.444 Canucks trail 3-1 late in third
JAN 10  H  HARTFORD     4-5 L    46 18 24  4 147 171  40 0.435 Adams scores two goals         
JAN 12  A  LOS ANGELES  2-6 L    47 18 25  4 149 177  40 0.426 King Kudelski gets hat trick   
JAN 16  H  WINNIPEG     1-2 L    48 18 26  4 150 179  40 0.417 Diduck, Kurvers make debuts    
JAN 23  H  EDMONTON     6-5 W    49 19 26  4 156 184  42 0.429 Larionov records four points   
JAN 25  H  LOS ANGELES  1-5 L    50 19 27  4 157 189  42 0.420 Murphy records lone marker     
JAN 26  A  LOS ANGELES  4-5 L    51 19 28  4 161 194  42 0.412 Canucks trail 5-2 in third     
JAN 28  H  CHICAGO      0-1 L    52 19 29  4 161 195  42 0.404 Belfour outduels Gamble        
JAN 30  A  EDMONTON     4-9 L    53 19 30  4 165 204  42 0.396 Oiler Klima gets hat trick     
JAN 31  H  NY RANGERS   3-3 T OT 54 19 30  5 168 207  43 0.398 Coach McCammon fired after game
FEB  2  A  LOS ANGELES  1-9 L    55 19 31  5 169 216  43 0.391 Pat Quinn's coaching debut     
FEB  5  A  WASHINGTON   3-5 L    56 19 32  5 172 221  43 0.384 Canucks lead 3-1 in third      
FEB  7  A  PHILADELPHIA 2-1 W    57 20 32  5 174 222  45 0.395 Gamble makes 36 saves          
FEB  8  A  NY RANGERS   1-8 L    58 20 33  5 175 230  45 0.388 Quinn scores lone marker       
FEB 10  A  NEW JERSEY   0-2 L    59 20 34  5 175 232  45 0.381 Devil Terreri gets shutout     
FEB 14  H  ST. LOUIS    2-3 L    60 20 35  5 177 235  45 0.375 Kron, Mazur score              
FEB 16  H  WASHINGTON   4-2 W    61 21 35  5 181 237  47 0.385 Canucks trail 2-0 after second 
FEB 18  H  QUEBEC       3-3 T OT 62 21 35  6 184 240  48 0.387 Teams swap goals each period   
FEB 20  A  WINNIPEG     5-5 T OT 63 21 35  7 189 245  49 0.389 Adams scores two goals         
FEB 21  A  CALGARY      4-6 L    64 21 36  7 193 251  49 0.383 Capuano assists on all goals   
FEB 23  H  DETROIT      5-2 W    65 22 36  7 198 253  51 0.392 Mazur records three points     
FEB 25  H  CALGARY      4-2 W    66 23 36  7 202 255  53 0.402 Linden records three points    
FEB 27  H  PITTSBURGH   4-3 W    67 24 36  7 206 258  55 0.410 Diduck gets winner in second   
MAR  1  H  MONTREAL     1-7 L    68 24 37  7 207 265  55 0.404 Linden scores lone goal        
MAR  3  A  CHICAGO      0-8 L    69 24 38  7 207 273  55 0.399 Cam Brown plays only NHL game  
MAR  5  A  PITTSBURGH   1-4 L    70 24 39  7 208 277  55 0.393 "Blues Brothers" debut         
MAR  7  A  TORONTO      3-3 T OT 71 24 39  8 211 280  56 0.394 Murzyn debuts as Canuck        
MAR  9  A  MONTREAL     2-4 L    72 24 40  8 213 284  56 0.389 Bozek, Nedved score            
MAR 10  A  BUFFALO      7-5 W    73 25 40  8 220 289  58 0.397 Momesso records three points   
MAR 13  H  PHILADELPHIA 4-5 L OT 74 25 41  8 224 294  58 0.392 Canucks up 4-1 in second       
MAR 16  H  NY ISLANDERS 4-4 T OT 75 25 41  9 228 298  59 0.393 Ronning records three points   
MAR 17  H  LOS ANGELES  5-4 W OT 76 26 41  9 233 302  61 0.401 Geoff Courtnall scores in OT   
MAR 20  H  CALGARY      2-3 L    77 26 42  9 235 305  61 0.396 Momesso, Kurvers score         
MAR 22  H  WINNIPEG     3-1 W    78 27 42  9 238 306  63 0.404 Canucks, Jets in "Turtle Derby"
MAR 26  A  CALGARY      2-7 L    79 27 43  9 240 313  63 0.399 Flame Fleury gets hat trick    
MAR 28  H  WINNIPEG     3-2 W OT 80 28 43  9 243 315  65 0.406 Canucks clinch playoff spot    

                            Canucks finish fourth in Smythe Division               

Playoffs

 DATE  H/A OPPOSITION   SCORE OT GP  W  L  T  GF  GA PTS  AVG        HISTORICAL NOTES         
APR  4  A  LOS ANGELES  6-5 W     1  1  0  0   6   5   2 1.000 Courtnall hat caps comeback    
APR  6  A  LOS ANGELES  2-3 L OT  2  1  1  0   8   8   2 0.500 Canucks up 2-0 in second       
APR  8  H  LOS ANGELES  2-1 W OT  3  2  1  0  10   9   4 0.667 Ronning rides stick after OT   
APR 10  H  LOS ANGELES  1-6 L     4  2  2  0  11  15   4 0.500 Ronning scores lone goal       
APR 12  A  LOS ANGELES  4-7 L     5  2  3  0  15  22   4 0.400 Lumme records three points     
APR 14  H  LOS ANGELES  1-4 L     6  2  4  0  16  26   4 0.333 Game tied at one in third      
                     Los Angeles wins best of seven series four games to two    

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