Today Vancouver hockey fans were still buzzing about Roberto Luongo’s record 72 save performance in Wednesday night’s game. It reminded me of a game nearly thirteen years ago. It was game one of the 1994 Stanley Cup finals. The Canucks were in New York to face the Rangers. Kirk McLean had magnificiently backstopped his team through three rounds of playoff hockey including a save in the seventh game in overtime versus the Flames that people still talk about today.
I was fortunate enough to watch that game on TV, then again, most of BC was doing the same. McLean was simply brilliant all night, stopping wave after wave of Ranger forwards. It probably should have been a blowout but McLean kept the Canucks in it until Adams scored in overtime.
In my opinion, that first game in Manhattan still remains the greatest display of Canuck goaltending in the history of the team. The short video above shows some highlights of that night. Stay until the end where you see Adams one-time the puck past Richter. My heart had never felt so much joy.