Welcome to the back half of the Best of the Sedins countdown, the top 5 plays the Canucks’ top line orchestrated this year. Before we go any further, let me say that this list is far from definitive, and I’d be interested to hear your contrary opinions in the comments.
And, if you’re planning to happen by the comments, here’s something for you to ponder: are the Sedins the greatest players in Vancouver Canucks history? I think they are. I watched Pavel Bure; I watched the West Coast Express, too. For me, what the Sedins do night after night simply wins out. The way they move the puck, the meticulous way they break apart a defense, the casual way they do the incredible–it’s unlike and above any other superstars Vancouver has ever had.
You want proof? I submit, for the record, exhibits 5 through 1:
5 January 03, vs the San Jose Sharks
At first glance, this goal is pretty nice, but it gets more rewarding once you realize Daniel Sedin is the first twin to touch the puck. After the Thornton turnover, Burrows sends it in front, where Daniel pokes it to Henrik, who makes an immediate return touch pass, pulling Niemi so far out of position that an usher asks to see his ticket.
4 December 12, vs the Edmonton Oilers
This play begins with a dump-in from behind the red line, a play that the Sedins have been using all season to open up space for their passing. It works perfectly here, as Daniel skates onto the puck, then swivels and makes a tape-to-tape pass across the zone. From there, Henrik centers for Burrows for the goal. The amazing thing here is the distance the puck covers in a few short seconds. It had jet lag for the rest of the game.
3 January 20, vs the San Jose Sharks
The day after this goal was scored, we found ourselves asking why nobody was talking about it. This is a one-on-one that becomes a two-on-one that becomes a breakaway in the span of about two seconds, as Daniel cuts across the blue line, pulling his man away from the middle and giving Henrik time to outskate everyone and get in behind him. After Daniel makes a beautiful saucer pass, Henrik pulls off a move typically reserved for the shootout.
2 March 29, vs the Nashville Predators
Here’s what we wrote following this goal: “For the unobservant, this is a no-look bank pass to a one-timed no-look backhand saucer pass to a mid-air one-timer. Nothing but net. This is Bird/Jordan stuff. Mind you, in Örnsköldsvik, they learn this in peewee.” And if you’re not yet fully impressed, consider that the defensive pairing that just got burned is Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.
1 February 19, vs the Dallas Stars
Yann Sauve probably felt pretty good about his chances for getting his first NHL assist, especially after springing the Sedins and Alex Burrows, 3-on-1. Then, the line proceeded to pass the puck about sixteen times, erasing his name from the scoresheet. The best reaction here belongs to Stephane Robidas, who is understandably frustrated that the final pass somehow goes directly through his body. It must suck when your molecules come apart like that.
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