2003–04 Vancouver Canucks season

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2003–04 Vancouver Canucks
Northwest Division champions
Division 1st Northwest
Conference 3rd Western
2003–04 record 43–24–10–5
Home record 21–13–7–0
Road record 22–11–3–5
Goals for 235
Goals against 194
Team information
General Manager Brian Burke
Coach Marc Crawford
Captain Markus Naslund
Alternate captains Todd Bertuzzi
Ed Jovanovski
Trevor Linden
Brendan Morrison
Arena General Motors Place
Average attendance 18,630
Team leaders
Goals Markus Naslund (35)
Assists Markus Naslund (49)
Points Markus Naslund (84)
Penalties in minutes Brad May (137)
Wins Dan Cloutier (33)
Goals against average Dan Cloutier

The 2003–04 Vancouver Canucks season was the Canucks' 34th NHL season. It was the first time since the Northwest Division was created that a team other than the Colorado Avalanche won the division title.

Regular season[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Northwest Division[1]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA PTS
1 3 Vancouver Canucks 82 43 24 10 5 235 194 101
2 4 Colorado Avalanche 82 40 22 13 7 235 198 100
3 6 Calgary Flames 82 42 30 7 3 200 176 94
4 9 Edmonton Oilers 82 36 29 12 5 221 208 89
5 10 Minnesota Wild 82 30 29 20 3 188 183 83

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Western Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 P- Detroit Red Wings CE 82 48 21 11 2 255 189 109
2 Y- San Jose Sharks PA 82 43 21 12 6 255 183 104
3 Y- Vancouver Canucks NW 82 43 24 10 5 235 194 101
4 X- Colorado Avalanche NW 82 40 22 13 7 236 198 100
5 X- Dallas Stars PA 82 41 26 13 2 194 175 97
6 X- Calgary Flames NW 82 42 30 7 3 200 176 94
7 X- St. Louis Blues CE 82 39 30 11 2 191 198 91
8 X- Nashville Predators CE 82 38 29 11 4 216 217 91
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 36 29 12 5 221 208 89
10 Minnesota Wild NW 82 30 29 20 3 188 183 83
11 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 28 29 16 9 205 217 81
12 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PA 82 29 35 10 8 184 213 76
13 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 22 36 18 6 188 245 68
14 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 25 45 8 4 177 238 62
15 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 20 43 11 8 188 259 59

Divisions: CE – Central, PA – Pacific, NW – Northwest

P- Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot


Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
p-Detroit Red Wings 82 48 21 11 2 255 189 109
y-San Jose Sharks 82 43 21 12 6 219 183 104
y-Vancouver Canucks 82 43 24 10 5 235 194 101
x-Colorado Avalanche 82 40 22 13 7 235 198 100
x-Dallas Stars 82 41 26 13 2 194 175 97
x-Calgary Flames 82 42 30 7 3 200 176 94
x-St. Louis Blues 82 39 30 11 2 191 198 91
x-Nashville Predators 82 38 29 11 4 216 217 91
e-Edmonton Oilers 82 36 29 12 5 221 208 89
e-Minnesota Wild 82 30 29 20 3 188 183 83
e-Los Angeles Kings 82 28 29 16 9 205 217 81
e-Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 29 35 10 8 184 213 76
e-Phoenix Coyotes 82 22 36 18 6 188 245 68
e-Columbus Blue Jackets 82 25 45 8 4 177 238 62
e-Chicago Blackhawks 82 20 43 11 8 188 259 59

p- Presidents' Trophy winner, x- qualified for playoffs, e- did not qualify for playoffs, y- divisional winner

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 9, 2003 4–1 Calgary Flames (2003–04) 1–0–0–0
2 W October 11, 2003 3–0 Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 2–0–0–0
3 L October 13, 2003 2–3 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2003–04) 2–1–0–0
4 L October 16, 2003 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (2003–04) 2–2–0–0
5 T October 18, 2003 2–2 OT @ Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 2–2–1–0
6 W October 20, 2003 6–1 Buffalo Sabres (2003–04) 3–2–1–0
7 W October 22, 2003 3–2 St. Louis Blues (2003–04) 4–2–1–0
8 T October 26, 2003 3–3 OT Phoenix Coyotes (2003–04) 4–2–2–0
9 W October 28, 2003 6–3 Columbus Blue Jackets (2003–04) 5–2–2–0
10 W October 30, 2003 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (2003–04) 6–2–2–0
11 W October 31, 2003 4–1 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2003–04) 7–2–2–0
12 W November 3, 2003 5–1 Detroit Red Wings (2003–04) 8–2–2–0
13 W November 5, 2003 4–3 @ Nashville Predators (2003–04) 9–2–2–0
14 L November 6, 2003 2–3 @ St. Louis Blues (2003–04) 9–3–2–0
15 W November 8, 2003 4–3 Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 10–3–2–0
16 L November 11, 2003 0–1 @ Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 10–4–2–0
17 L November 13, 2003 3–4 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (2003–04) 10–4–2–1
18 L November 15, 2003 1–2 OT @ Boston Bruins (2003–04) 10–4–2–2
19 W November 18, 2003 5–4 OT Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 11–4–2–2
20 W November 20, 2003 3–2 OT Chicago Blackhawks (2003–04) 12–4–2–2
21 L November 22, 2003 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 12–5–2–2
22 L November 24, 2003 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 12–6–2–2
23 W November 25, 2003 5–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 13–6–2–2
24 W November 27, 2003 3–2 OT @ Ottawa Senators (2003–04) 14–6–2–2
25 T November 29, 2003 4–4 OT @ Calgary Flames (2003–04) 14–6–3–2
26 L December 4, 2003 1–4 Calgary Flames (2003–04) 14–7–3–2
27 T December 6, 2003 1–1 OT Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 14–7–4–2
28 W December 9, 2003 4–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (2003–04) 15–7–4–2
29 T December 11, 2003 1–1 OT Colorado Avalanche (2003–04) 15–7–5–2
30 W December 14, 2003 2–1 OT Carolina Hurricanes (2003–04) 16–7–5–2
31 W December 16, 2003 2–1 OT @ Nashville Predators (2003–04) 17–7–5–2
32 L December 17, 2003 1–3 @ Dallas Stars (2003–04) 17–8–5–2
33 W December 20, 2003 3–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 18–8–5–2
34 T December 22, 2003 4–4 OT Los Angeles Kings (2003–04) 18–8–6–2
35 W December 26, 2003 2–0 @ Calgary Flames (2003–04) 19–8–6–2
36 L December 27, 2003 2–6 Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 19–9–6–2
37 W December 29, 2003 3–2 @ Colorado Avalanche (2003–04) 20–9–6–2
38 W December 31, 2003 4–3 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (2003–04) 21–9–6–2
39 L January 2, 2004 2–4 Colorado Avalanche (2003–04) 21–10–6–2
40 W January 3, 2004 3–1 @ Calgary Flames (2003–04) 22–10–6–2
41 L January 5, 2004 1–2 San Jose Sharks (2003–04) 22–11–6–2
42 W January 8, 2004 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (2003–04) 23–11–6–2
43 W January 9, 2004 5–2 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2003–04) 24–11–6–2
44 T January 11, 2004 2–2 OT Florida Panthers (2003–04) 24–11–7–2
45 W January 13, 2004 4–1 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2003–04) 25–11–7–2
46 L January 15, 2004 1–3 @ San Jose Sharks (2003–04) 25–12–7–2
47 L January 17, 2004 1–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2003–04) 25–13–7–2
48 L January 19, 2004 2–3 Dallas Stars (2003–04) 25–14–7–2
49 W January 21, 2004 5–4 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (2003–04) 26–14–7–2
50 W January 25, 2004 4–1 Nashville Predators (2003–04) 27–14–7–2
51 W January 27, 2004 3–2 Chicago Blackhawks (2003–04) 28–14–7–2
52 W January 29, 2004 4–2 @ St. Louis Blues (2003–04) 29–14–7–2
53 W January 31, 2004 6–1 @ Washington Capitals (2003–04) 30–14–7–2
54 L February 2, 2004 3–4 @ New York Rangers (2003–04) 30–15–7–2
55 L February 3, 2004 4–5 OT @ New York Islanders (2003–04) 30–15–7–3
56 W February 5, 2004 4–0 @ New Jersey Devils (2003–04) 31–15–7–3
57 L February 11, 2004 2–3 Calgary Flames (2003–04) 31–16–7–3
58 L February 13, 2004 1–4 Atlanta Thrashers (2003–04) 31–17–7–3
59 L February 14, 2004 1–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2003–04) 31–18–7–3
60 W February 16, 2004 1–0 @ Colorado Avalanche (2003–04) 32–18–7–3
61 L February 19, 2004 2–6 @ Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 32–19–7–3
62 L February 21, 2004 3–4 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 32–19–7–4
63 W February 24, 2004 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (2003–04) 33–19–7–4
64 W February 26, 2004 3–2 OT San Jose Sharks (2003–04) 34–19–7–4
65 W February 28, 2004 2–0 St. Louis Blues (2003–04) 35–19–7–4
66 T March 3, 2004 5–5 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (2003–04) 35–19–8–4
67 L March 5, 2004 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (2003–04) 35–20–8–4
68 W March 6, 2004 4–0 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2003–04) 36–20–8–4
69 L March 8, 2004 2–9 Colorado Avalanche (2003–04) 36–21–8–4
70 T March 10, 2004 1–1 OT Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 36–21–9–4
71 W March 12, 2004 4–3 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 37–21–9–4
72 L March 13, 2004 1–2 Ottawa Senators (2003–04) 37–22–9–4
73 T March 16, 2004 2–2 OT Nashville Predators (2003–04) 37–22–10–4
74 L March 18, 2004 0–3 @ Dallas Stars (2003–04) 37–23–10–4
75 L March 19, 2004 3–4 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (2003–04) 37–23–10–5
76 L March 21, 2004 4–5 Columbus Blue Jackets (2003–04) 37–24–10–5
77 W March 24, 2004 1–0 Los Angeles Kings (2003–04) 38–24–10–5
78 W March 27, 2004 3–2 OT Dallas Stars (2003–04) 39–24–10–5
79 W March 29, 2004 6–1 Phoenix Coyotes (2003–04) 40–24–10–5
80 W March 31, 2004 2–1 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2003–04) 41–24–10–5
81 W April 2, 2004 4–1 @ San Jose Sharks (2003–04) 42–24–10–5
82 W April 3, 2004 5–2 Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 43–24–10–5

Playoffs[edit]

Western Conference Quarter-Finals vs. (6) Calgary Flames[edit]

After splitting the first two games in Vancouver, Dan Cloutier was injured midway through game three in Calgary. With backup Johan Hedberg playing in relief, Vancouver would also split games three and four in Calgary. Alex Auld took over in goal starting in game five, which the Canucks lost 2-1. Facing elimination in game six, Brendan Morrison scored the winner in the third overtime period to force a game seven in Vancouver. In the series-deciding game, the Canucks found themselves down a goal and on the penalty kill in the last minute. With Auld on the bench for the extra attacker, winger Matt Cooke tied the game with 5.7 seconds left to force overtime. However, with Ed Jovanovski still in the penalty box, former Canuck Martin Gélinas eliminated the Canucks on the power play.

Vancouver loses series 4-3

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 April 7 Calgary 3 - 5 Vancouver Cloutier 18,630 1 – 0
2 April 9 Calgary 2 – 1 Vancouver Kiprusoff 18,630 1 – 1
3 April 11 Vancouver 2 – 1 Calgary Hedberg 19,289 2 – 1
4 April 13 Vancouver 0 – 4 Calgary Kiprusoff 19,289 2 - 2
5 April 15 Calgary 2 – 1 Vancouver Kiprusoff 18,630 3 – 2
6 April 17 Vancouver 5 – 4 Calgary 3OT Auld 19,289 3 – 3
7 April 19 Calgary 3 – 2 Vancouver OT Kiprusoff 18,630 4 – 3

Note:

  • Green background indicates win
  • Red background indicates loss

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Regular season Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Markus Naslund 78 35 49 84 58 7 2 7 9 2
Brendan Morrison 82 22 38 60 50 7 2 3 5 8
Todd Bertuzzi 69 17 43 60 122 -- -- -- -- --
Daniel Sedin 82 18 36 54 18 7 1 2 3 0
Henrik Sedin 76 11 31 42 32 7 2 2 4 2
Brent Sopel 80 10 32 42 36 7 0 1 1 0
Trevor Linden 82 14 22 36 26 7 0 0 0 6
Mattias Ohlund 82 14 20 34 73 7 1 4 5 13
Sami Salo 74 7 19 26 22 7 1 2 3 2
Matt Cooke 53 11 12 23 73 7 3 1 4 12

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Team. Stats reflect time with the Team only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against Average

Regular season Playoffs
Player GP Min W L T GA SO GAA GP Min W L GA SO GAA
Dan Cloutier 60 3539 33 21 2 134 5 2.27 3 138 1 1 5 0 2.17
Johan Hedberg 21 1098 8 6 2 46 3 2.51 2 98 1 1 4 0 2.45
Alexander Auld 6 349 2 2 1 12 0 2.06 3 222 1 2 9 0 2.43

Awards and records[edit]

Team awards[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Canucks were involved in the following transactions during the 2003–04 season.

Trades[edit]

October 30, 2003 To Vancouver Canucks
Sean Pronger
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Zenith Komarniski
December 17, 2003 To Vancouver Canucks
Wade Brookbank
To Nashville Predators
future considerations
January 17, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
future considerations
To Boston Bruins
Jiri Slegr
February 16, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
Peter Sarno
To Edmonton Oilers
Tyler Moss
March 9, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
Martin Rucinsky
To New York Rangers
R.J. Umberger
Martin Grenier
March 9, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
Sergei Varlamov
To St. Louis Blues
Ryan Ready
March 9, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
Marc Bergevin
To Pittsburgh Penguins
conditional draft pick
March 9, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
Geoff Sanderson
To Columbus Blue Jackets
3rd round pick in 2004
March 9, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
Sylvain Blouin
To Montreal Canadiens
Rene Vydareny

Free Agents[edit]

Player Former team
Player New team
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Draft picks[edit]

Vancouver's picks at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, held in Nashville, Tennessee.[3]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 23 Ryan Kesler C  United States Ohio State University (NCAA)
2 60 Marc-Andre Bernier RW  Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
4 111 Brandon Nolan LW  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
4 128 Ty Morris LW  Canada St. Albert (AJHL)
5 150 Nicklas Danielsson RW  Sweden Brynäs IF (SWE)
6 190 Chad Brownlee D  Canada Vernon Vipers (BCHL)
7 222 Francois-Pierre Guenette C  Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
8 252 Sergei Topol F  Russia OMSK (RUS)
8 254 Nathan McIver D  Canada Toronto St. Michael's Majors (OHL)
9 285 Matthew Hansen D  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2003-2004 Division Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "2003–2004 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ 2003 NHL Entry Draft results, nhl.com, accessed April 25, 2008