Normally, we at PITB are pretty good at catching the odd little moments that happen during Canuck games. That in mind, we’re ashamed to admit that we missed this one the first time around.
Granted, with everything else that was happening in Vancouver’s 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, it’s somewhat understandable something might slip past us, but this is great. I can’t believe I didn’t see it until now.
Late in the first period, Tim Connolly puts a pass off Clarke MacArthur’s skate and, as MacArthur turns back to recover the puck, he chops Sami Salo’s stick right out of his hands. The stick goes flying.
And then Henrik Sedin casually snatches it out of mid-air like a boss.
Five potential explanations as to why Henrik didn’t panic as he skated beneath this twirling projectile of death:
1. As the captain, Henrik had to be brave and save Salo from a potential freak injury so thoroughly freaky it was bound to happen to him. Here is a sentence I wouldn’t even think twice about: Sami Salo suffered a broken toe Saturday when his own hockey stick fell from the sky and landed on his foot.
2. As a warlock, he probably rides a broom from time to time, so an airborne hockey stick wouldn’t catch him all that off guard.
3. He’s a father, so he’s honed his razor sharp reflexes grabbing helium-filled balloons at the exact moment that children let them go.
4. He’s weird.
5. No matter how hard this stick could have hit him, it wouldn’t be as hard as if it were swung by Andrew Ference.