Alain Vigneault’s Canucks timeline, 2006-13
Alain Vigneault, the most successful head coach in Vancouver Canucks history, has had a sometimes turbulent tenure in seven seasons as the NHL team’s bench boss.
Here are the highlights:
June 20, 2006 – Hired by general manager Dave Nonis to succeed Marc Crawford.
Oct. 5, 2006 – Wins first game behind Canuck bench, 3-1 in Detroit on goals by Markus Naslund, Trevor Linden and Sami Salo.
April 8, 2007 – Captures first of six Northwest Division titles as team finishes with 49-26-7 record, the 105 points a franchise record.
April 23, 2007 – Wins first playoff series, beating Dallas in seven games after nearly squandering 3-1 series lead.
June 14, 2007 – Wins Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year.
April 8, 2008 – Misses playoffs for first and only time in his seven years as Canucks crumble in stretch, losing seven of last eight.
April 11, 2009 – Wins last three games of season to capture second Northwest Division title.
April 21, 2009 – Guides Canucks to first-round playoff sweep of St. Louis Blues, the only four-game sweep in franchise history.
May 11, 2010 – Loses to Chicago Blackhawks in six games in second round of playoffs for second straight year.
April 9, 2011 – Wins Presidents Trophy with franchise record 54 wins and 117 points. Teams leads league in home wins, road wins, goals for, goal against, power play and faceoffs.
May 24, 2011 – Beats San Jose in five games in Western Conference final to reach Stanley Cup final for third time in franchise history.
June 15, 2011 – Loses Game 7 of Stanley Cup final 4-0 to Boston Bruins.
Nov. 23, 2011 – Wins 247th regular-season game behind Canuck bench to pass Marc Crawford and become No. 1 in franchise victories.
April 7, 2012 – Wins second consecutive Presidents Trophy with 111 points.
April 22, 2012 – Knocked out of playoffs in first round by L.A. Kings in five games.
March 14, 2013 – Wins 300th game as Canuck head coach.
April 6, 2013 – Coaches in 530th regular-season game behind Canuck bench, passing Crawford as all-time leader.
April 22, 2013 – Captures fifth straight Northwest Division title with 3-1 victory over Blackhawks, his final win as Canuck head coach.
May 7, 2013 – Swept in first round by San Jose Sharks.
May 22, 2013 – Fired after seven seasons.
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