1990–91 Vancouver Canucks season

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1990–91 Vancouver Canucks
Division 4th Smythe
1990–91 record 28–43–9
Goals for 243
Goals against 315
Team information
General Manager Pat Quinn
Coach Bob McCammon (19-30-5)
Pat Quinn (9-13-4)
Captain Doug Lidster
Trevor Linden
Dan Quinn (Oct-Mar)
Alternate captains Garth Butcher
Steve Bozek
Arena Pacific Coliseum
Average attendance 15,150
Team leaders
Goals Trevor Linden (33)
Assists Trevor Linden (37)
Points Trevor Linden (70)
Penalties in minutes Gino Odjick

Offseason[edit]

Entering his last season as a player, Stan Smyl resigns the team captaincy. The position is rotated between defenceman Doug Lidster, forwards Trevor Linden and Dan Quinn.

Regular season[edit]

Coaching change and USAir 1493[edit]

The Canucks who were slumping in the first half of the regular season fired head coach Bob McCammon on January 31, 1991. He was fired immediately after a home game against the New York Rangers that ended in a 3-3 tie. The game was noted for a spectacular goal tending performance by Rangers goal tender Mike Richter who made 59 saves.[1]

The next day McCammon was replaced by Pat Quinn who would fly down with the team to Los Angeles on board the Canadian Airlines charter to coach his first game for the club against the Los Angeles Kings. Upon landing at Los Angeles International Airport the team charter was nearly involved in the fatal collision USAir Flight 1493 and SkyWest Flight 5569 as the aircraft landed on a parallel runway approximately 100 meters from the collision.[2]

Quinn and the team were badly shaken by the incident, the team was unable to cope with the disaster when they faced the Kings on February 2. The team suffered its worst defeat of the season 9-1. The crash was still bothering the team when the flew out of Los Angeles to another road in Washington D.C. to face the Washington Capitals.[2] The Canucks would be held winless for their seventh straight game as hall of famer Dino Ciccarelli netted his 400th career regular season NHL goal.[3]

Final standings[edit]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Los Angeles Kings 80 46 24 10 340 254 102
Calgary Flames 80 46 26 8 344 263 100
Edmonton Oilers 80 37 37 6 272 272 80
Vancouver Canucks 80 28 43 9 243 315 65
Winnipeg Jets 80 26 43 11 260 288 63

[4]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.

Campbell Conference[5]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p – Chicago Blackhawks NRS 80 49 23 8 284 211 106
2 St. Louis Blues NRS 80 47 22 11 310 250 105
3 Los Angeles Kings SMY 80 46 24 10 340 254 102
4 Calgary Flames SMY 80 46 26 8 344 263 100
5 Edmonton Oilers SMY 80 37 37 6 272 272 80
6 Detroit Red Wings NRS 80 34 38 8 273 298 76
7 Minnesota North Stars NRS 80 27 39 14 256 266 68
8 Vancouver Canucks SMY 80 28 43 9 243 315 65
9 Winnipeg Jets SMY 80 26 43 11 260 288 63
10 Toronto Maple Leafs NRS 80 23 46 11 241 318 57

Divisions: NRS – Norris, SMY – Smythe

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 4, 1990 2–3 OT @ Calgary Flames (1990–91) 0–1–0
2 W October 6, 1990 6–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1990–91) 1–1–0
3 L October 9, 1990 2–6 Los Angeles Kings (1990–91) 1–2–0
4 W October 12, 1990 4–0 St. Louis Blues (1990–91) 2–2–0
5 W October 14, 1990 5–4 OT Edmonton Oilers (1990–91) 3–2–0
6 W October 17, 1990 3–1 Boston Bruins (1990–91) 4–2–0
7 L October 19, 1990 5–7 @ Winnipeg Jets (1990–91) 4–3–0
8 W October 21, 1990 3–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1990–91) 5–3–0
9 L October 23, 1990 0–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1990–91) 5–4–0
10 L October 25, 1990 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1990–91) 5–5–0
11 W October 27, 1990 4–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1990–91) 6–5–0
12 L October 30, 1990 1–2 Washington Capitals (1990–91) 6–6–0
13 W November 1, 1990 2–1 New Jersey Devils (1990–91) 7–6–0
14 L November 3, 1990 3–5 Winnipeg Jets (1990–91) 7–7–0
15 W November 6, 1990 6–3 Detroit Red Wings (1990–91) 8–7–0
16 W November 8, 1990 5–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–91) 9–7–0
17 L November 9, 1990 1–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1990–91) 9–8–0
18 L November 11, 1990 0–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1990–91) 9–9–0
19 L November 14, 1990 3–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1990–91) 9–10–0
20 W November 16, 1990 3–2 New York Islanders (1990–91) 10–10–0
21 L November 19, 1990 4–6 Calgary Flames (1990–91) 10–11–0
22 W November 21, 1990 4–1 Chicago Blackhawks (1990–91) 11–11–0
23 L November 23, 1990 4–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1990–91) 11–12–0
24 T November 24, 1990 3–3 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1990–91) 11–12–1
25 T November 27, 1990 1–1 OT Minnesota North Stars (1990–91) 11–12–2
26 W November 29, 1990 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–91) 12–12–2
27 W December 2, 1990 5–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1990–91) 13–12–2
28 W December 4, 1990 4–2 @ New York Islanders (1990–91) 14–12–2
29 L December 5, 1990 4–9 @ New Jersey Devils (1990–91) 14–13–2
30 T December 7, 1990 2–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1990–91) 14–13–3
31 L December 10, 1990 2–3 OT Quebec Nordiques (1990–91) 14–14–3
32 L December 12, 1990 4–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1990–91) 14–15–3
33 L December 14, 1990 3–5 New York Rangers (1990–91) 14–16–3
34 L December 16, 1990 2–5 Calgary Flames (1990–91) 14–17–3
35 W December 18, 1990 3–2 @ Calgary Flames (1990–91) 15–17–3
36 W December 20, 1990 7–4 Edmonton Oilers (1990–91) 16–17–3
37 W December 22, 1990 4–3 Los Angeles Kings (1990–91) 17–17–3
38 L December 23, 1990 3–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1990–91) 17–18–3
39 L December 27, 1990 5–7 Montreal Canadiens (1990–91) 17–19–3
40 L December 28, 1990 2–5 Edmonton Oilers (1990–91) 17–20–3
41 L December 31, 1990 1–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1990–91) 17–21–3
42 L January 2, 1991 2–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1990–91) 17–22–3
43 L January 3, 1991 3–8 @ Boston Bruins (1990–91) 17–23–3
44 W January 5, 1991 6–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1990–91) 18–23–3
45 T January 8, 1991 3–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (1990–91) 18–23–4
46 L January 10, 1991 4–5 Hartford Whalers (1990–91) 18–24–4
47 L January 12, 1991 2–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1990–91) 18–25–4
48 L January 16, 1991 1–2 Winnipeg Jets (1990–91) 18–26–4
49 W January 23, 1991 6–5 Edmonton Oilers (1990–91) 19–26–4
50 L January 25, 1991 1–5 Los Angeles Kings (1990–91) 19–27–4
51 L January 26, 1991 4–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1990–91) 19–28–4
52 L January 28, 1991 0–1 Chicago Blackhawks (1990–91) 19–29–4
53 L January 30, 1991 4–9 @ Edmonton Oilers (1990–91) 19–30–4
54 T January 31, 1991 3–3 OT New York Rangers (1990–91) 19–30–5
55 L February 2, 1991 1–9 @ Los Angeles Kings (1990–91) 19–31–5
56 L February 5, 1991 3–5 @ Washington Capitals (1990–91) 19–32–5
57 W February 7, 1991 2–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1990–91) 20–32–5
58 L February 8, 1991 1–8 @ New York Rangers (1990–91) 20–33–5
59 L February 10, 1991 0–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1990–91) 20–34–5
60 L February 14, 1991 2–3 St. Louis Blues (1990–91) 20–35–5
61 W February 16, 1991 4–2 Washington Capitals (1990–91) 21–35–5
62 T February 18, 1991 3–3 OT Quebec Nordiques (1990–91) 21–35–6
63 T February 20, 1991 5–5 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1990–91) 21–35–7
64 L February 21, 1991 4–6 @ Calgary Flames (1990–91) 21–36–7
65 W February 23, 1991 5–2 Detroit Red Wings (1990–91) 22–36–7
66 W February 25, 1991 4–2 Calgary Flames (1990–91) 23–36–7
67 W February 27, 1991 4–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1990–91) 24–36–7
68 L March 1, 1991 1–7 Montreal Canadiens (1990–91) 24–37–7
69 L March 3, 1991 0–8 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1990–91) 24–38–7
70 L March 5, 1991 1–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1990–91) 24–39–7
71 T March 7, 1991 3–3 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–91) 24–39–8
72 L March 9, 1991 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1990–91) 24–40–8
73 W March 10, 1991 7–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1990–91) 25–40–8
74 L March 13, 1991 4–5 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1990–91) 25–41–8
75 T March 16, 1991 4–4 OT New York Islanders (1990–91) 25–41–9
76 W March 17, 1991 5–4 OT Los Angeles Kings (1990–91) 26–41–9
77 L March 20, 1991 2–3 Calgary Flames (1990–91) 26–42–9
78 W March 22, 1991 3–1 Winnipeg Jets (1990–91) 27–42–9
79 L March 26, 1991 2–7 @ Calgary Flames (1990–91) 27–43–9
80 W March 28, 1991 3–2 OT Winnipeg Jets (1990–91) 28–43–9

Playoffs[edit]

Smythe Division Semi-Finals: vs. (1) Los Angeles Kings[edit]

Los Angeles wins series 4-2

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Series
1 April 4 Vancouver 6 - 5 Los Angeles 1 - 0
2 April 6 Vancouver 2 – 3 Los Angeles OT 1 – 1
3 April 8 Los Angeles 1 – 2 Vancouver OT 2 – 1
4 April 10 Los Angeles 6 – 1 Vancouver 2 – 2
5 April 12 Vancouver 4 – 7 Los Angeles 2 – 3
6 April 14 Los Angeles 4 – 1 Vancouver 2 – 4

Player statistics[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Trevor Linden 80 33 37 70 -25 65
Dan Quinn 64 18 31 49 -28 46
Greg Adams 55 21 24 45 -5 10
Dave Capuano 61 13 31 44 1 42
Doug Lidster 78 6 32 38 -6 77

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

September 7, 1990 To Vancouver Canucks
Dave Mackey
To Minnesota North Stars
future considerations
January 12, 1991 To Vancouver Canucks
Gerald Diduck
To Montreal Canadiens
4th round pick in 1991 (Vladimir Vujtek)
January 13, 1991 To Vancouver Canucks
Tom Kurvers
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Brian Bradley
January 16, 1991 To Vancouver Canucks
2nd round draft pick in 1992 (Mike Peca)
To Boston Bruins
Petri Skriko
January 22, 1991 To Vancouver Canucks
Brian Blab
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Todd Hawkins
March 5, 1991 To Vancouver Canucks
Cliff Ronning
Sergio Momesso
Geoff Courtnall
Robert Dirk
5th round draft pick in 1992 (Brian Loney)
To St. Louis Blues
Garth Butcher
Dan Quinn
March 5, 1991 To Vancouver Canucks
Dana Murzyn
To Calgary Flames
Ron Stern
Kevan Guy
March 5, 1991 To Vancouver Canucks
Cash
To Buffalo Sabres
Steve Weeks

Draft picks[edit]

Vancouver's picks at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Round # Player Nationality NHL Team College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 2 Petr Nedved (C)  Czechoslovakia Vancouver Canucks Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
1 18 Shawn Antoski (LW)  Canada Vancouver Canucks North Bay Centennials (OHL)
2 23 Jiri Slegr (D)  Czechoslovakia Vancouver Canucks HC Litvínov (CSSR)
4 65 Darin Bader (LW)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
5 86 Gino Odjick (LW)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Laval Titan (QMJHL)
7 128 Daryl Filipek (D)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Ferris State University (CCHA)
8 149 Paul O'Hagan (D)  United Kingdom Vancouver Canucks Oshawa Generals (OHL)
9 170 Mark Cipriano (RW)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Victoria Cougars (WHL)
10 191 Troy Neumeier (D)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
11 212 Tyler Ertel (C)  Canada Vancouver Canucks North Bay Centennials (OHL)
12 233 Kerri Kivi (D)  Finland Vancouver Canucks Ilves (SM-liiga)

Farm teams[edit]

Milwaukee Admirals (IHL)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joe Lapoint (February 2, 1991). "Despite Making 59 Saves, Richter Shares the Spotlight". New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b Steve Springer (February 4, 1991). "Canucks Had Close-Up View of Fatal Airline Crash at LAX". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ "NHL Roundup". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. February 6, 1991. p. 27. 
  4. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  5. ^ "1990-1991 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL. 

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