Was Daniel Sedin’s hat trick versus Colorado the prettiest of his career?

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.

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21 comments

  1. peanutflower
    December 7, 2011

    They’re both pretty fine. I forgot how incredible that 3rd Calgary goal was. How incredible the entire play was. How in the hell could anyone anticipate those series of moves? Man, we’re pretty lucky fans, huh?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 7, 2011

      Oh goodness yes.

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      • peanutflower
        December 7, 2011

        On that third well-dissected by PITB goal it’s like watching a ballet. No! It’s like figure skating with pairs when they circle around and then come together and do a fancy twirl. That’s sounds weird, but it’s that pretty.

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        • Nee
          December 7, 2011

          It’s pretty incredible. I try to appreciate them as much as possible…they are just so utterly unique and we won’t have them forever. I do appreciate some of the more traditional point getters and goal scorers in the NHL, but the twins are something else.

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        • Locked In
          December 8, 2011

          Someone should tell Patrick Chan that some Canadians actually appreciate figure skating enough to compare it to Sedinery!

          If the trick against Calgary wasn’t good enough already, it should get a bonus points for essentially locking up the Canucks’ first Art Ross winner, no?

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    • J21
      December 7, 2011

      Is it weird that I’m already fretting about how boring the Canucks will be after they retire? And how they are going to have to try way, way harder to uncover some offense?

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  2. Hips
    December 7, 2011

    Apparently the colorado announcers were fawning over the sedins as well. In other news, my phone autocorrected colarado to buyarego.

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  3. DaveM
    December 7, 2011

    Henrik’s pass to Burrows on Daniel’s 3rd vs Colorado was like a perfect “through ball” in soccer.

    Except he did it behind his back, and it’s got to be a lot harder to get the weight right with a slab of frozen rubber on ice than an inflated ball on grass.

    Vigneault was only half right: even good players don’t even think of making a play like that, never mind pull it off.

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  4. John
    December 7, 2011

    What are you, some kind of Blackhawks troller? That Calgary between-the-legs goals is so obviously a 12 out of 10. C’mon!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VGuYN8NOSI

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    • Lord Thistlewick Flanders
      December 7, 2011

      he’s made a huge mistake

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  5. Anon
    December 7, 2011

    honestly I could watch these goals over and over again repeatedly one after the other. They’re that good. We are so freakin lucky to have guys like that damn

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  6. swizzler
    December 7, 2011

    wouldn’t mind seeing daniel score 5 goals one of these days…. you know, so that one lucky individual has a chance to win up to $1,000,000

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    • Iron Man
      December 7, 2011

      I literally had a dream that he did score 5 that night, and some lady from Surrey won the million dollars. Too bad for her it didn’t happen.

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  7. Donna Suico
    December 7, 2011

    seriously? do we really have to choose?
    i don’t want to! the sedins, “soft” as they may (and i definitely say that with air quotes), can make a harmless play look dangerous. and please…22.5 vs. 24. that’s not a very big difference now, is it? both sets of hat trick goals are amazing…worthy to be wrapped in pretty red paper & a big bow for the holidays.
    gCg!

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  8. natevk
    December 7, 2011

    The one thing the Colorado hat-trick beats the Calgary hat-trick in is the presence of Alex Burrows. For me, Wizardous Sedinerie is even more incredible when the Sedin’s share their superb skill with those around them, and Burrows has learned so well. Thus, for me, a Sedin goal gives me even an extra bit of joy when I see Burrows name on the stat-line as well.
    …yeah, we’re really spoiled as Canucks fans right now!

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  9. JDM
    December 7, 2011

    The Calgary hat trick wins on the basis that two of the goals were more “what the hell was that” than any of the Colorado goals. Don’t get me wrong, last night was like watching the Harlem Globetrotters, but the completely cross ice tape to tape knee-high saucer pass had me throwing up my hands and going “no. Too good. Goal disallowed for use of reality-altering cheat codes. Two minute minor for ridiculousness.” And then the third one and I just assumed we were all being punked and that the game was some sort of viral marketing thing like those videos of Lebron sinking long range baskets.

    The other thing, isn’t the Colorado one disqualified on the basis that the nicest goal of the game was scored not by Daniel but by Jannik Hansen on the give and go with Bieksa? KB3 skate to stick to between-the-defenseman’s-legs pass in one motion so slick Shorty couldn’t figure out what was happening.

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    • peanutflower
      December 7, 2011

      And still the best part is Garrett’s noise that he makes when goals like this happen. That sort of little disbelieving grunt thing.

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      • JDM
        December 7, 2011

        Hah, immortalized by goal 2 of Kesler’s hat trick v. Minnesota last year. Also, incidentally, a really really beautiful hat trick, in a very different way than these. A perfect tip-in far post and two laser wrist shots.

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  10. Cathylu
    December 7, 2011

    Since I was not yet a Canuck fan in April 2010, I’ll have to vote for last night’s hat trick since I got to see it in person! Last night’s game was so odd but I loved the final score. The Sedins are so amazing. My only “real” Canuck jersey is a Daniel so I was very proud last night to be wearing it. And the icing on the cake for my Vancouver vacation was getting my photo taken with Henrik at the Metrotown mall. I’m already back in So Cal – can’t wait for my next trip to Vancouver. Hopefully I’ll see a lot of the fans at the Dec 31st Kings game.

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  11. iLovePITB
    December 7, 2011

    Noticed that the Calgary hattrick was all Sedins but the Colorado one had lots of Burrows!

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  12. Mrfeuchuk
    December 7, 2011

    Either way, any hat trick by either twin, will be beautiful in my eyes.

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