VANCOUVER CANUCKS POSTSEASON
Hockey history is rich in the Pacific Northwest, and fans finally got their wish for an NHL franchise in 1970 with the formation of the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks have been a strong competitor in the postseason with 24 playoff appearances, eight division championships and three appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Perhaps the Canucks best run of success came in the early 1980s when the team enjoyed the services of Hall of Famer Cam Neely as well as talented role players like Trevor Linden and Stan Smyl. The team really hit their stride in the early '90s when they became regular attendees to the postseason.
The Canucks made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1994 with a talented team featuring Markus Naslund, Pavel Bure and Kirk McLean. Unfortunately, they endured a heart-breaking loss to the New York Rangers in seven games. In 2011, the Canucks had a championship roster that included stars like Ryan Kessler and Henrik Sedin, but their Stanley Cup hopes would end in similar fashion after a Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins.
On the heels of their Western Conference championship, the Canucks have the look of a championship team that will be a factor in the title race for the foreseeable future.