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Canucks: What if Nicklas Lidstrom didn’t beat Dan Cloutier from centre ice?

VANCOUVER, B.C. - SEPTEMBER 25: Goaltender Dan Cloutier #39 of the Vancouver Canucks stops the puck during the NHL pre-season game against the Phoenix Coyotes on September 25, 2002 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Canucks defeated the Coyotes 2-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/NHLI)

Nicklas Lidstrom’s centre ice goal on Dan Cloutier marked the beginning of the end for the Vancouver Canucks in 2001-02. What if that goal never happened?

Despite tremendous regular season success, the Vancouver Canucks never got close to winning a Stanley Cup in the Marc Crawford/West Coast Express Line era.