Tuesday night’s game versus the Colorado Avalanche featured Sedinery of the highest order. The Sedins looked like freaking warlocks on the ice all night (perhaps buoyed by the presence of the easily bamboozled Shane O’Brien), making passes and shots the likes of which less magical individuals are simply incapable. It was nuts. Said Alain Vigneault after the game:
Hank’s line, on a couple of occasions, did things on the ice that are just amazing. They make plays that the average players can’t make, or even think about making.
Indeed. The Sedins made three amazing plays on Tuesday evening, all of which resulted in goals for Daniel.
That in mind, the younger twin’s trio of goals was an obscenely beautiful hat trick. It was so gorgeous that, immediately after the third goal of the suite, I got lost in the moment and went top shelf with the superlatives.
But this may have been in haste. Immediately after I said it, a number of people countered with the hat trick that Daniel potted versus the Calgary Flames on April 10, 2010. You may recall that that hat trick featured the between-the-legs capper that is widely considered the finest goal in Sedin history. Is it possible that Tuesday’s hat trick wasn’t even the most beautiful of Daniel’s career?
Daniel Sedin has produced two remarkable hat tricks in the last 18 months. Which is lovelier? Let’s investigate.
It’s important to consider that the between-the-legs goal is just one in a suite of three, so while I agree that it’s the pinnacle of Sedinery, it remains entirely possible for Tuesday night’s hat trick versus Colorado to outrank the one versus Calgary when considered collectively. With that in mind, I’ve examined and assigned scores to each of the six goals in question so that we can determine which is, in fact, the better trick of hats.
Vs. the Colorado Avalanche, December 6, 2011
Before we get too into it, a word on my scoring: Obviously, the between-the-legs goal versus Calgary is receiving a 10, and I have seen prettier Sedin goals than the ones that were scored Tuesday night. That means that the best of the Colorado three — in my opinion, the third — can only score an 8.
Why is the third goal my favourite? For the Henrik Sedin pass to Alex Burrows that turns the play into a 2-on-1 down low. It’s an incredible pass: through traffic, completely unexpected, tape-to-tape, and sent with the perfect draw weight to allow Burrows to skate onto it. Few playmakers in the NHL have the presence of mind to slow this pass down the way Henrik does. Remarkable.
As for the second goal, it receives slightly higher marks than the first because of Daniel’s presence of mind when he recognizes Stefan Elliott is without his stick, as well as the way Henrik orbits the net to open up space for him. I gave it a 7.5. The first goal, which wasn’t far behind it, received a 7. Total score: 22.5.
Vs. the Calgary Flames, April 10, 2010
As I said, there’s no doubt that the 3rd goal earns a 10, meaning this will come down to the scoring of the other two. I absolutely love the first goal, not only for Daniel’s power move around Jay Bouwmeester to the goal but for Henrik’s remarkable saucer pass through the neutral zone that starts the play, so I gave it an 8.
As for the 2-on-1 goal, well-executed as it is, it’s a common Sedin scoring play, so it gets the lowest marks of the six. I gave it a 6. Total score: 24.
In conclusion: I was wrong. Tuesday night’s hat trick versus the Avalanche was only the second finest of Daniel Sedin’s career according to my completely arbitrary scoring method.
Agree/disagree with my scoring? Take it to the comments.Tags: Daniel Sedin, Sedins, Wizardous Sedinerie