Canucks have three 30-goal scorers for the first time in 26 years

Apr 22 2022, 5:42 pm

What a long, strange journey this season has been for the Vancouver Canucks.

A season that started out with optimism, soon turned to disaster. By December, a Canucks jersey had been thrown onto the ice at Rogers Arena, soon followed by multiple firings in management and the coaching staff.

Nobody gave them a chance to make the playoffs at that point, and it looks like they will indeed miss the postseason for a second straight season. But this group has put up one heck of a fight, getting results that nobody could have predicted when Bruce Boudreau took over.

Also improbable? Elias Pettersson is having a career year.

Whether it was an injured wrist, confidence issues, or otherwise, Pettersson was having a miserable season until mid-January.

Pettersson has since caught fire, scoring 48 points (25-23-48) in 39 games since January 16. He’s now just one point away from tying his career-high in points (66).

On Thursday night, Pettersson added to his career-high in goals, hitting the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career, before adding goal No. 31 later on.

The Canucks now have three 30-goal scorers this season for the first time in 26 years. Bo Horvat has 31 goals, while J.T. Miller has 30, with a chance to add to that total.

Prior to this season, the Canucks hadn’t had a 30-goal scorer since Radim Vrbata (31) in 2014-15. The last time they had multiple 30-goal scorers was 2010-11 when Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler each scored 41.

The last time the Canucks had three 30-goal scorers was in 1996, when Alex Mogilny (55), Trevor Linden (33), and Martin Gelinas (30) eclipsed the mark.

The Canucks record for most 30-goal scorers in a season is four when Pavel Bure (60), Petr Nedved (38), Trevor Linden (33), and Geoff Courtnall (31) all did it in 1992-93.

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