Game Blip: Yes, it was a feisty win over Winnipeg to keep the Canucks playoff hopes alive. Alex Burrows scored not once, but twice and had a handful of amazing chances throughout the night. The Canucks lose Kesler to what looks like a knee injury and Alex Edler is missing. Edler’s body was present but clearly his mind was not there. Eddie Lack had a spectacular third period keeping the Canucks in the game and staving off what could have been another humiliating loss. Higgins showed some hands with the shoot out winner,and all that is fine and dandy. This is more about Henrik playing 1000th games in the NHL. So, shall we?
I know this has not been a usual year for Canucks Captain, Henrik Sedin. His ironman streak came to an end, his first major injury in the NHL happened. He’s had lengthy point droughts and the Canucks are no longer on “march to the playoffs auto-pilot mode.” However, 1000 games is one hell of an accomplishment, no matter what sport you play. What makes it more special for Henrik is that he did it all with one team. He is the first player in franchise history to play 1000 games. Stan Smyl played 896 games for the Canucks. Daniel Sedin is only 31 games away from 1000th, so he will be joining his twin fairly soon.
Warning: This edition of the Top 10 will take some of your time. Several moments of Sedinery take some time to watch, enjoy and appreciate. So relax, have a Kit Kat, give yourself a break, and a treat and watch some Henrik Sedin moments from some of his 1000 NHL games.
- The amazing “Sedin Tip Pass” It was almost like a set play (or was it?)
- “The Shift” over two minutes of puck possession gives us one of the best shifts in Canucks history.
- Henrik becomes the Canucks all-time points leader, passing Markus Naslund with this assist. What was more amazing was the standing ovation for him that moment.
- One of those plays when you realized Burrows has become “Alex Sedin” Hank orchestrates tic tac toe play. Too pretty!
- Henrik is the quintessential passing centre, but every now and then he buries one.
- Henrik brings Vancouver its first ever Hart Memorial Trophy as well as the Art Ross. The little diss at Daniel at the end is pure gold.
- Passing to the spot for Daniel’s one-timer is a thing of beauty.
- Henrik’s penalty shot against Martin Brodeur. Marty has been known to watch a lot of video tape on players for such situations but it’s fair to say there isn’t much on Henrik shooting, resulting in a beautiful goal.
- Henrik Larsson, is that you? All that pre-game soccer in the hallway pays off. Henrik keeps the puck in the Canucks’ possession passing using his skates.
- Known as the playmaker, not the shooter, Henrik’s first ever NHL hat-trick with a pass from Alex Edler.
It’s a pretty wonderful highlight package when you come to think of it. As a hockey fan in general, I don’t think any of us will ever see such wonderful chemistry between two players like we have the Sedin twins. None of that would have been possible without the day Brian Burke proclaimed he wanted Daniel and Henrik Sedin in Canucks uniforms. He delivered on his promise.
Bonus footage: NHL Draft Day 1999
Henrik is the maestro of many amazing highlight reel plays over the years and I know he’s got a few more in him. It’s just a little “thank you” for sharing your talents with us fans for 1000 games, Henrik. Officially, now in terms of numbers, the best forward the Canucks has ever had. Long live Sedinery.
PS: Henrik and Daniel have a pretty good sense of humour as well. Swedish Twins anyone?