The 1993-94 season didn’t start off great for the Vancouver Canucks.
With Petr Nedved holding out because of a contract dispute, the team underachieved during the regular season. Division winners the previous two years, the Canucks stumbled their way through the season, finishing seventh in the Western Conference.
Playing the favoured Calgary Flames, they lost three straight games and faced elimination down 3-1 in the series.
That’s when the Canucks took fans on the most magical ride in franchise history.
They won three straight games in overtime, getting goals from Geoff Courtnall (5:40 of the video below), Trevor Linden (6:55), and Pavel Bure (8:43). Everyone remembers Bure’s double-overtime goal, but I bet you forgot that Greg Adams tied the game up (8:21) with under four minutes left in the third period to force OT.
They steamrolled another powerhouse team, the Dallas Stars, in five games during the second round. Sergio Momesso scored an OT goal in Game 4 (14:28) to give the Canucks a 3-1 series lead.
Vancouver played the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Conference Final, and fell behind in the series right away, losing Game 1. It took a Jyrki Lumme goal with 4:14 left in the third period to give the Canucks a 4-3 win (18:32).
After that, they never looked back. Kirk McLean shut out the Leafs in Game 3 and 4, before Adams’ dramatic double-overtime goal (23:03) put the Canucks into the Stanley Cup Final.
The final series against the heavily-favoured New York Rangers didn’t go their way, but there were plenty of great moments from a Vancouver perspective.
Adams won Game 1 for the Canucks, receiving a pass from Cliff Ronning on a 2-on-1, moments after Brian Leetch rang a puck off the crossbar at the other end, to win the game in overtime (24:50). McLean made 52 saves in the 3-2 win.
Game 5 and 6 of the Final, both won by the Canucks, were wild.
The Canucks blew a 3-0 lead in the third period of Game 5, giving up three straight in under six minutes. But they stormed right back, scoring three more of their own in the following four minutes to win 6-3. Bure set up Dave Babych for the winning goal (28:20), 29 seconds after Mark Messier tied the game.
Courtnall scored a gorgeous goal late in Game 6 (30:52), but it was initially missed by the referees. Play continued, and the Rangers scored.
Video replay prevailed, so New York’s goal didn’t count, making the score 4-1 instead of 3-2.
Linden scored twice in Game 7, including a beautiful shorthanded goal (31:37) in the second period to give the team hope.
Relive it all here, with every goal scored by the Canucks during the ’94 Cup run: