The best examples of Wizardous Sedinerie are rarely about the finish, which is usually just a tap-in into an open net. Because of this, many of Daniel’s 41 goals make his job look easy. All he has to do is corral the blind, backhand, spin-o-rama, cross-ice saucer pass from Henrik and direct it at the open 6′ x 4′ cage, but that underplays his contribution. Daniel’s ability to find open ice and anticipate Henrik’s passes is almost as impressive as the passes themselves. The fact that Daniel also makes those types of passes himself (as on display in other iterations of this year’s Every Goal series) is incredible.
The Sedins on the powerplay against the Leafs, who had one of the worst penalty kills in the league: unsurprisingly, Daniel scores. It’s a little atypical for a Sedin goal, as he sets a great screen in front of Giguere then bangs in the rebound as the Leafs’ defense goes all Keystone Kops in front of the net. Also, I have to admit that I chuckle every time I see Daniel leap into the air while setting a screen, like he’s trying to get as much of his body in front of the goaltender’s face as possible or distract him with how silly he looks. Love it.
Yet another powerplay goal, as Daniel beats Ryan Miller cleanly from the outer edge of the faceoff circle using Shaone Morrisonn as a screen. Miller doesn’t even see the puck until it’s far too late. It’s a perfect shot from the most accurate shooter in the NHL.
This goal isn’t on the powerplay: it just looks like it is. After Burrows barely misses a Daniel Sedin pass in front of the net, Daniel sheds his defender and heads to the slot. Henrik hits him with a precision slap-pass that Daniel directs past Budaj. I don’t know that anyone else in the NHL can make the slap-pass look this easy. Wait, does anyone else even do the slap-pass into the slot?
That Alex Edler does not get an assist on this powerplay goal is a crime. His cross-ice pass to Henrik for the one-timer is lovely, and Henrik does well to get the shot up high enough that Kiprusoff can’t swallow it in his equipment. This goal is a perfect example of why Kesler was put with the Sedins on the powerplay: he’s big, aggressive, and can set a great screen, but he also has fantastic vision and soft hands. The rebound lands too far out for Kesler to try for a shot, but the thought doesn’t even enter his mind, as he instead feeds the waiting Daniel in the slot. Meanwhile, three Flames penalty killers converge on where the puck used to be. Kiprusoff, on the other hand, just despairs.
Goodness gracious, I think this goal killed Curtis McElhinney. No, wait…he just signed in Phoenix. Pretty much the same thing. Poor McElhinney doesn’t stand a chance, as he can’t see the rising slapshot from Ehrhoff past Toni Lydman. The puck smacks off his mask just over his right eye and falls directly onto Daniel’s stick. Randy Carlyle has a legitimate complaint, as refs will frequently blow the play dead when a goalie gets hit in the mask. They certainly blow the play dead when a goalie’s mask comes off, so maybe McElhinney should wear a mask with breakaway straps like Luongo’s.
The Sedins and Burrows make this look so easy. Daniel starts the breakout with a great pass to Burrows, who run-skates as hard as he can to gain the offensive zone before dropping the puck off for Henrik. Meanwhile, Daniel has been skating the length of the ice (literally from the end boards in the defensive zone) to join the rush and no one picks him up thanks to Aaron Rome, who cuts across the blue line behind Henrik, drawing the defenders to that side of the ice. Henrik whips a hard pass to the streaking Daniel, who steps around the sprawling Randy Jones and tries to feed Burrows cross-crease. Instead, his pass banks off the wildly swinging stick of Jones past Dan Ellis.
Back to the powerplay and another example of Kesler’s contributions to the first unit. Like Daniel’s 14th goal, this one comes off a savvy feed from Kesler while screening the goalie. Howard makes the initial save off a tip and as soon as the puck lands in front of Kesler, he bats it across to Daniel, who chips it home. Watch through the entire clip and you’ll see the delight Kesler takes in landing on top of goaltenders when hit by defenders. You’re going to hit me into your own goaltender? Whoops, looks like I accidentally cross-checked him. Your fault!
You have got to be kidding me. Alex Edler joins in on the Wizardous Swedenerie with a pinpoint pass that leaves Mathieu Garon floundering in his crease like an off-model Kelly Hrudey. Justin Bourne wrote a recent article for Puck Daddy about how to pass the puck so your teammates don’t hate you: Henrik and Edler give the master class on this goal. Crisp, accurate, perfect.
Alex Burrows may not be a wizard, but he’s certainly a fine stage magician, as he fakes out the entire Philadelphia Flyers team with some masterful sleight of hand. If anyone ever wonders why Burrows plays with the Sedins, this is the perfect video to show them: yes, Burrows forechecks, hits, goes to the net, and makes a general nuisance of himself, but he can also think the game on a level near the Sedins and can make some pretty nice passes himself. Daniel’s initial saucer-pass to Burrows as the Canucks gain the zone opens up the ice and distracts all attention from himself before he sneaks in the back door. Pro-tip for opposing teams next season: keep an eye on the Art Ross winner.
Proof that the Stars were completely useless against the Canucks: this is quite possibly the worst pass of Henrik’s career and it still almost triggers “Sweet Georgia Brown.” Daniel has such an easy job of it because Kari Lehtonen has decided that trying to tackle Ryan Kesler is a better idea than trying to make a save. John Garrett tries to claim that the reason Lehtonen didn’t make the save is because his stick was caught in Kesler’s skate, but it didn’t get caught there until Lehtonen attempted to headbutt Kesler’s hip.
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