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Mr. Clutch - OCT.15.07

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<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>Two different people have more or less, delivered the most exciting moments of my history with the Canucks. It seems like every time I recall one of those highlights that make me grin from ear to ear these two guys are a part of it.

Greg Adams might as well change his name to Mr. Clutch. He scored some of the greatest, and most timely, goals in Vancouver history. Game 7 vs Calgary in '94 everyone recalls Bure scoring his beauty in OT, yet people never talk about the guy that got them there. Greg Adams, in the third period of that game, scored in the last minute to send the game to over time. It wasn't the piece of art that Bure's winner was, but it was, one could argue, far more important. Without Adams' goal, there is no cup run.

The second memory comes from the same playoffs. After getting shelled throughout game one by the Rangers, Adams stole the game with an OT winner over the shoulder of Richter. His picture was enshrined on the sports section of every paper in NY and Vancouver and he was the man who gave Vancouver our first finals victory.

The last memory from Adams was a moment that should rank as the best moment in Canucks history. Nothing pleases me more to this day than the memory of Felix Potvin sitting in absolute despair as the Leafs' season was finished. While we would lose the Cup to the Rangers that year, beating the Leafs was almost as sweet.

<a href="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/10/oct1307_canuckvsoiler08_b.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/10/oct1307_canuckvsoiler08_tt.jpg" align="right" border="0" hspace="4" vspace="1"></a>So who is the other player? Well, he is a player who, like Adams, seems to get hurt a lot. He is a player who, like Adams, is not the star on the team. He is a player who, like Adams, always seems to score the big goals. He is Brendan Morrison.

It's about time there was some love given to B-Mo for all he has done in a 'Nuck's uniform. He rises to the occasion when regulation time is out. He has more GWG vs Calgary than any other Canuck player and, if it isn't in OT, he seems to arrive out of no where to score a goal when needed, just like Greg Adams.

Morrison has more OT goals than anyone on Canucks history, and yet he continues to be a lightening rod for criticism. When he is scoring, people complain about his defense. When he is shutting down the opposition, people complain about his lack of scoring. Never has a player achieved so much for the Canucks and been treated so poorly by many fans out there. He has earned, and deserves, more.

Brendan Morrison and Greg Adams deliver and have delivered many times for this team. Adams was Mr. Clutch for Vancouver, and Morrisson IS Mr. Clutch now. Stay tuned for the next OT game for Brendan to prove his worth once again.

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I haven't heard of a single person not giving him respect when he scores a big and timely goal.

The issue with Brendan has been that for the amount of money he's being paid he just wasn't scoring enough goals period, regardless of their import.

With his price-tag and at his output the goals he does score better be goddamn timely. It's more his saving grace than a key contributive asset if you ask me. But to each his own.

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