1983–84 Vancouver Canucks season

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1983–84 Vancouver Canucks
Division 3rd Smythe
Conference 4th Campbell
1983–84 record 32–39–9 (73 points)
Home record 20–16–4
Road record 12–23–5
Goals for 306
Goals against 328
Team information
General Manager Harry Neale
Coach Roger Neilson (17–28–6)
Harry Neale (15–11–3)
Captain Stan Smyl
Alternate captains None
Arena Pacific Coliseum
Average attendance 13,626
Team leaders
Goals Tony Tanti (45)
Assists Patrik Sundstrom (53)
Points Patrik Sundstrom (91)
Penalties in minutes Dave "Tiger" Williams (294)
Wins John Garrett (14)
Goals against average Frank Caprice (3.39)
<1982–83 1984–85>

Offseason[edit]

The Canucks had the ninth overall pick in the Entry Draft and chose right-winger Cam Neely, who had just led the Portland Winterhawks to the Memorial Cup Championship. Neely tallied 31 points and 57 penalty minutes in 56 games his rookie season.

Regular season[edit]

The second game of the season was a wild, shoot-out affair, with the Canucks beating the Minnesota North Stars 10–9. Patrik Sundstrom scored the winning goal to go along with five assists in the game. His right winger, Tony Tanti, scored twice and added three helpers. Two nights later, in a 7–4 win over Toronto, Tanti scored three goals, all assisted by Sundstrom. The two would combine for a large piece of the Canucks' offense this season and, along with Dave "Tiger" Williams on left wing, quickly establish themselves as the club's number one line. Tanti finished with a club-record 45 goals while Sundstrom tallied six assists and seven points (both club records) in a 9–5 win in Pittsburgh on February 29, helping him in establishing a club record of 91 points. Williams again led the NHL in penalty minutes, racking up 294.

On December 10, injuries to Richard Brodeur and John Garrett forced the Canucks to give rookie goalie Frank Caprice his first NHL start against the mighty Edmonton Oilers on Hockey Night In Canada. Things didn’t look good to start, when Pat Hughes beat him to the five-hole at the 16 second mark, but after that he stopped 41 of 42 shots, many coming off of the sticks of future Hall-of-Famers, and earned the game’s First Star in a 3–2 victory. Caprice then backstopped the Canucks to two more victories before suffering his first loss December 18 in Buffalo by a 3–2 score.

That game in Buffalo began an awful 3–14–2 slide. During that miserable stretch, the Canucks managed a 3–3 tie in Los Angeles on January 4, the game in which Thomas Gradin registered his 408th point as a Canuck to pass Don Lever as the club's all-time leading scorer. In the next three games, the Canucks lost in Minnesota, Chicago, and St. Louis by identical 2–0 scores, marking the first time that the team has been shut out in three consecutive games. On January 26, following a game in which the Canucks lost 6–4 to Edmonton after leading 4–2 (Wayne Gretzky recorded a point in his 51st straight game—the last game of his NHL record scoring streak), Roger Neilson was fired as coach. GM Harry Neale took over for the remainder of the season.

The club won its first game under Neale, 4–0 over Philadelphia, thanks to a great performance by Brodeur and two points from Jean-Marc Lanthier in his NHL debut. They played respectably in the last 29 games (15–11–3) and finished with 73 points—in a tie for third place with Winnipeg. The Canucks, with more wins (32–31), won the tiebreaker and drew Calgary, again, as a first-round playoff opponent.

Final standings[edit]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Edmonton Oilers 80 57 18 5 446 314 119
Calgary Flames 80 34 32 14 311 314 82
Vancouver Canucks 80 32 39 9 306 328 73
Winnipeg Jets 80 31 38 11 340 374 73
Los Angeles Kings 80 23 44 13 309 376 59

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 5, 1983 3–5 Calgary Flames (1983–84) 0–1–0
2 W October 7, 1983 10–9 Minnesota North Stars (1983–84) 1–1–0
3 W October 9, 1983 7–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1983–84) 2–1–0
4 L October 11, 1983 2–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1983–84) 2–2–0
5 L October 12, 1983 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1983–84) 2–3–0
6 L October 15, 1983 4–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1983–84) 2–4–0
7 L October 19, 1983 7–10 Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 2–5–0
8 W October 21, 1983 5–4 New Jersey Devils (1983–84) 3–5–0
9 T October 22, 1983 5–5 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 3–5–1
10 W October 25, 1983 7–1 St. Louis Blues (1983–84) 4–5–1
11 W October 28, 1983 5–4 OT Hartford Whalers (1983–84) 5–5–1
12 L October 30, 1983 3–4 OT @ Calgary Flames (1983–84) 5–6–1
13 L November 1, 1983 3–6 @ New York Islanders (1983–84) 5–7–1
14 L November 4, 1983 4–5 OT @ Washington Capitals (1983–84) 5–8–1
15 W November 5, 1983 3–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1983–84) 6–8–1
16 L November 9, 1983 2–7 Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 6–9–1
17 W November 11, 1983 4–2 Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 7–9–1
18 W November 13, 1983 4–3 Montreal Canadiens (1983–84) 8–9–1
19 L November 16, 1983 2–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 8–10–1
20 L November 18, 1983 2–5 Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 8–11–1
21 W November 20, 1983 8–3 Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 9–11–1
22 W November 23, 1983 4–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 10–11–1
23 L November 26, 1983 4–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1983–84) 10–12–1
24 T November 28, 1983 3–3 OT @ New York Rangers (1983–84) 10–12–2
25 W November 30, 1983 6–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1983–84) 11–12–2
26 L December 1, 1983 1–7 @ Boston Bruins (1983–84) 11–13–2
27 T December 3, 1983 5–5 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1983–84) 11–13–3
28 L December 6, 1983 2–5 New York Islanders (1983–84) 11–14–3
29 L December 7, 1983 4–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 11–15–3
30 W December 10, 1983 3–2 Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 12–15–3
31 W December 13, 1983 6–2 Quebec Nordiques (1983–84) 13–15–3
32 W December 16, 1983 5–3 Calgary Flames (1983–84) 14–15–3
33 L December 18, 1983 2–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1983–84) 14–16–3
34 L December 20, 1983 4–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1983–84) 14–17–3
35 W December 21, 1983 9–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1983–84) 15–17–3
36 L December 26, 1983 4–5 OT Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 15–18–3
37 L December 28, 1983 2–4 Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 15–19–3
38 L December 30, 1983 1–5 @ Calgary Flames (1983–84) 15–20–3
39 T December 31, 1983 5–5 OT Boston Bruins (1983–84) 15–20–4
40 W January 3, 1984 4–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 16–20–4
41 T January 4, 1984 3–3 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 16–20–5
42 L January 7, 1984 0–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1983–84) 16–21–5
43 L January 8, 1984 0–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1983–84) 16–22–5
44 L January 10, 1984 0–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1983–84) 16–23–5
45 L January 13, 1984 4–6 Washington Capitals (1983–84) 16–24–5
46 W January 15, 1984 5–0 Hartford Whalers (1983–84) 17–24–5
47 L January 17, 1984 1–5 Buffalo Sabres (1983–84) 17–25–5
48 L January 18, 1984 5–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 17–26–5
49 T January 20, 1984 6–6 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 17–26–6
50 L January 22, 1984 4–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 17–27–6
51 L January 25, 1984 4–6 Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 17–28–6
52 W January 27, 1984 4–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1983–84) 18–28–6
53 W January 29, 1984 3–2 New Jersey Devils (1983–84) 19–28–6
54 L February 2, 1984 2–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 19–29–6
55 L February 4, 1984 4–5 New York Rangers (1983–84) 19–30–6
56 L February 5, 1984 2–4 @ Calgary Flames (1983–84) 19–31–6
57 W February 7, 1984 4–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1983–84) 20–31–6
58 W February 9, 1984 7–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1983–84) 21–31–6
59 L February 11, 1984 4–6 @ New York Islanders (1983–84) 21–32–6
60 W February 12, 1984 6–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1983–84) 22–32–6
61 L February 17, 1984 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1983–84) 22–33–6
62 W February 19, 1984 5–2 Calgary Flames (1983–84) 23–33–6
63 L February 21, 1984 2–5 Boston Bruins (1983–84) 23–34–6
64 L February 23, 1984 2–3 OT @ Calgary Flames (1983–84) 23–35–6
65 W February 24, 1984 5–3 Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 24–35–6
66 T February 26, 1984 4–4 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1983–84) 24–35–7
67 W February 28, 1984 3–2 @ Washington Capitals (1983–84) 25–35–7
68 W February 29, 1984 9–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1983–84) 26–35–7
69 L March 2, 1984 2–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1983–84) 26–36–7
70 W March 4, 1984 5–4 @ New York Rangers (1983–84) 27–36–7
71 W March 7, 1984 4–3 Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 28–36–7
72 W March 9, 1984 4–3 OT Chicago Black Hawks (1983–84) 29–36–7
73 L March 11, 1984 2–12 @ Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 29–37–7
74 W March 13, 1984 4–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1983–84) 30–37–7
75 L March 17, 1984 2–5 Buffalo Sabres (1983–84) 30–38–7
76 L March 20, 1984 3–6 Detroit Red Wings (1983–84) 30–39–7
77 W March 23, 1984 4–3 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 31–39–7
78 T March 25, 1984 4–4 OT Calgary Flames (1983–84) 31–39–8
79 W March 28, 1984 5–1 Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 32–39–8
80 T March 30, 1984 3–3 OT Minnesota North Stars (1983–84) 32–39–9

Playoffs[edit]

This series between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks followed a similar script as in 1983.

The Flames won the first two games at the Saddledome by 4-2 and 5-3 scores before the series shifted to Vancouver. In the third game, Doug Halward became the fifth defenseman ever to register a playoff hat-trick (and the first Canuck player to do so) as the Canucks thrashed the Flames 7-0; Brodeur got the shutout. Game Four was a one-sided affair in favour of the Flames in which Paul Reinhart became the sixth defenseman to record a playoff hat-trick. 5-1 was the score.

Player statistics[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225. 

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