I Find This Video Odd: Henrik catches Salo’s flying stick

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.

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14 comments

  1. peanutflower
    December 20, 2011

    that’s just so boss, ain’t it?

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  2. holidayblues
    December 20, 2011

    Holy Henrik!

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  3. Gabrielle
    December 20, 2011

    Whoa. That wasn’t just boss.

    That was NINJA.

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  4. Zach Morris
    December 20, 2011

    You all get +1

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  5. Nee
    December 20, 2011

    Twas pretty awesome. Funny that the commentators didn’t even notice.

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    • Dani
      December 21, 2011

      Actually, they did. I just cut the video off before Hughson commented.

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  6. Marcus
    December 20, 2011

    He even got a little bit of a cheer form the crowd.

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  7. Emma
    December 20, 2011

    I noticed this happen and was looking forward to it featuring on the site :)

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  8. The Bookie
    December 21, 2011

    Probably just a reflex brought on by all the nightmares he’s suffered since Kopitar stabbed him in the helmet.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 21, 2011

      Sweet callback. I forgot about that.

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    • peanutflower
      December 21, 2011

      that still has to be the best penalty that never was.

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  9. Andrew
    December 21, 2011

    Probably part of a MUCH more elaborate set play

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  10. moodyob
    December 21, 2011

    Did anyone else notice he caught it left handed? Is he a lefty?

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  11. moodyob
    December 21, 2011

    Answer to my own question:

    “One of the only differences between the twins was that Henrik was right-handed and Daniel was left-handed. “

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