Archives: Pavel Bure reaches 100 points

This day in Vancouver history: April 1, 1993

Russian forward Pavel Bure scores a breakaway third period goal against goaltender Pat Jablonski on the penalty kill in a 5-3 away win over the Tampa Bay Lighting, becoming the first Vancouver Canucks player in team history to reach the 100-point mark in a single season.

The shorthanded goal was Bure's seventh of the season and broke yet another team record of six he previously shared with Gerry Minor (1980-81).

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Bure, who also notched an assist and demolished Danton Cole with a hard third-period hit, had been in a slump with just two goals in the previous 11 games. He finished the regular season with a club record 110 points and racked up another 107 the following year to help lead the team to their first appearance in the Stanley Cup finals since 1982.

The first player to put up 100 points was Phil Esposito in 1968-69. Only four other Canucks players have since reached the NHL milestone: Alexander Mogilny in 1995-96, Markus Naslund in 2002-03, and Henrik and Daniel Sedin in, respectively, 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Bure went on to score 17 more shorthanded goals during his eight years playing for the Canucks for a total of 24, a record that still stands today. Alexandre Burrows is the only active player even close after scoring his 17th last night in a 5-4 shootout win over the Nashville Predators.  

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