From comebacks to disappointments, Canucks have had highs and lows in playoffs

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VANCOUVER - A look at some highs and lows of the Vancouver Canucks' playoff history.


April 13, 1975: Canucks appear in NHL playoffs for the first time since joining NHL in 1970. Lose 6-2 to Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of quarter-final series.

April 15, 1975: Canucks win first playoff game in franchise history, beating Montreal Canadiens 2-1. Go on to lose series 4-1.

April, 10, 1982: Canucks win first playoff series, beat Calgary Flames 3-0 in Smythe Division semifinal.

April 29, 1982: Coach Roger Neilson hangs a white towel on a hockey stick to protest calls against his team in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks during Campbell Conference championship. Starts tradition of fans waving white towels at playoff games. Canucks win series 4-1 and advance to first Stanley Cup final against New York Islanders.

April 30, 1984: Pavel Bure scores in overtime for a 4-3 win against Calgary as Canucks win Game 7 of Western Conference quarter-final. Vancouver had trailed 3-1 in series, but battled to win three overtime games.

May 24, 1994: Greg Adams scores 14 seconds into second overtime to give Canucks 4-3 win over Toronto Maple Leafs in Western Conference final. Canucks advance to second Stanley Cup final against New York Rangers.

April 22, 2003: Canucks beat St. Louis Blues 4-1 in Game 7 of Western Conference quarter-final to advance past the first round of the playoffs for first time since 1995. Canucks had trailed 3-1 in series.

April 11, 2007: Henrik Sedin scores at 18:06 of fourth overtime as Canucks beat Dallas Stars 5-4. The time of 138:06 is the longest playoff game in Canuck history. Vancouver wins Western Conference quarter-final in seven games.

April 27, 2011: Alex Burrows scores 5:22 into overtime as the Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in a thrilling Game 7 of their Western Conference quarter-final. The Canucks, who won the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top regular-season team, almost blew the series after taking a 3-0 lead against their hated rivals. A strong game from Roberto Luongo and a solid all-round performance put an end to the potential meltdown.


May, 1982: Canucks advance to first Stanley Cup final, lose in four games to New York Islanders.

June 14, 1994: Canucks lose 4-3 in Game 7 of Stanley Cup final against New York Rangers. Canucks had trailed 3-1 but battled back to force a seventh game.

April 2001: Canucks return to playoffs for first time in four years. Lose Western Conference quarter-finals in four games to Colorado Avalanche.

April 21, 2002: Eighth-seeded Canucks stun Detroit Red Wings by taking a 2-0 lead in Western Conference quarter-final. Game 3 is tied with one minute left in second period when Vancouver goaltender Dan Cloutier allows Nicklas Lidstrom to score on a shot from centre. Wings win game 3-1, then the series 4-2.

May 2003: After Canucks take a 3-1 lead in Western Conference semifinal, Todd Bertuzzi tells Minnesota Wild fans not to bother buying tickets because there would be no Game 6. Wild force a Game 7 which they win 4-2 after Vancouver blows a 2-0 lead.

May 3, 2007: In deciding Game 5 of Western Conference semifinal against Anaheim Ducks, Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo misses first three minutes of overtime because he needs the bathroom. Scott Niedermayer scores in second overtime for 2-1 win after Luongo takes eye off the puck to look at the referee, believing a penalty should be called on a hit to Jannik Hansen.

May 11, 2009: Canucks lose Western Conference semifinal in six games to Chicago. Luongo left close to tears after 7-5 loss in Game 6.

May 11, 2010: Blackhawks defeat Canucks 5-1 in Vancouver to win Western Conference semifinal for second consecutive year in six games. Hawks outscore Canucks 17-7 in games in Vancouver.