#1 – Comeback complete
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The most unpredictable comeback in Canucks franchise history ended with the biggest and most memorable goal of Pavel Bure’s career. Two minutes and 20 seconds into the second overtime against the Calgary Flames in Game 7 of the 1994 Western Conference Quarter-finals, Bure got behind Zarley Zalapski and took a blue line to blue line pass from Jeff Brown to put him in alone on Mike Vernon. Bure rocketed in at top speed faking to his backhand before pulling the puck forehand and around Vernon’s outstretched right pad for the series-clenching goal. Bure then threw his stick and gloves up into the air as he was met by his incredibly excited teammates.
This win completed the triple overtime hat trick for Vancouver as Geoff Courtnall and Trevor Linden scored OT winners in Games 5 & 6 to force Game 7; Vancouver became the tenth team since 1987 to win a series when trailing 3-1. This victory was just the start of the magical run to the Stanley Cup Final, a run that unfortunately ended in disappointment, but a run that was ultimately built on courage and strength, pillars that continue to define this franchise into its 40th anniversary season.