Canucks-centric highlights of the 2012 NHL All-Star Game

The 2012 NHL All-Star Game might have been a letdown if you were expecting playoff intensity, but for everyone who went in expecting a fun game of shinny featuring some incredibly talented hockey players, the game completely lived up to expectations.

For Canucks fans, there were a number of highlights, with Daniel and Henrik Sedin playing a major role up front, while Alex Edler was second in icetime for Team Alfredsson and third overall in the game.

Henrik tied Daniel Alfredsson’s team-high with 3 points, while Daniel (Sedin, that is) had two points of his own. And, while Edler was held off the scoresheet, he did tie Scott Hartnell and Shea Weber with a team-high plus-2 rating in a game Team Alfredsson lost by 3 goals.

Indeed, we got a chance to see the highly-anticipated Weber-Edler “Webler” pairing, but in a game with no emphasis on defence whatsoever, it wasn’t quite what it was hyped up to be. Still, Edler had his moments. Though he was only credited with 2 takeaways in the boxscore, he had 3 in the space of 30 seconds during his best sequence.

The Sedins were initially paired with Scott Hartnell, whose style is similar to that of Alex Burrows. Though they had some issues at first, Hartnell set Henrik up for a goal with a sweet feed from the side of the net.

The best part came after the goal, as Hartnell was mic’ed up for the CBC broadcast. The red-headed Hartnell declared “The Sedin Triplets!” and Erik Karlsson called it “a true Sedin goal.”

But the real audio highlight came as Hartnell skated by Team Chara’s bench: “Suck it, Phaneuf!”

Alfredsson got his turn with the Sedins in the second period and got to experience some Wizardous Sedinerie firsthand, finishing off a gorgeous set-up from the twins.

That was Alfredsson’s second goal, and they spent the rest of the game trying to get Alfredsson the hat trick in front of his home crowd.¬†Edler came out with that line several times and their chemistry was noticeable. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get Alfredsson that third goal.

The Sedins did, however, combine for one more goal between them and it resulted in the finest moment of the game for Canucks fans.

That’s a sweet goal, but it’s made sweeter by being on Tim Thomas while Zdeno Chara is being interviewed. The best part, however, is the glorious hockey hug that results as Henrik drives the net looking for the rebound. Thomas and Henrik end up embraced, with great big smiles on their faces.

They entered as bitter rivals; they left as awkward pals.

It was a beautiful moment and clear proof that Henrik is the good twin.

Thomas clearly didn’t know which Sedin had hugged him. In the handshake line after the game he clearly asked Daniel if it was him, but he laughed (spitefully) and pointed towards Henrik further on in the line.

That hug was hilarious and definitely the best Canucks moment on the ice. Off the ice, however, the Sedins got real with Drake in the locker room.

Great photo or greatest photo ever? The only way it could be improved is if the Sedins were flashing the opposite of gang signs, like peace signs or A-Okay or something.

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17 comments

  1. peanutflower
    January 29, 2012

    I had the game on in another room, and dashed back and forth, but only to watch the Secind goal. Never even noticed Edler. Like you said, no defence in the game intentionally I’m guessing. Here’s my 19-year-old daughter’s reaction to the Twin/Drake photo on FB, and bear in mind she’s a real Canucks fan: Disgrace. Drakes a hoe mo. I’m guessing that those of us NOT in her generation are thinking it’s pretty cool for the Twins, when maybe it’s not really. I dunno. I’m lost…

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  2. peanutflower
    January 29, 2012

    Okay, that’s “Sedin goal”, not Secind. I don’t even know where that’s from. Laura Secind chocalates. Remember those? I won a Canucks Halloween Laura Secord prize pack in 1972. I remember that clearly. Orland Kurtenbach presented it to me. No lie! I still have the autographed pumpkin.

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    • annie
      January 29, 2012

      That is one of the more bizarre asides to a comment I have seen. Well done!

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  3. sarah
    January 29, 2012

    Drake looks miniature next to the Sedins. Is he a rather small man or are the Sedins deceptively big?

    Also, I love how Henrik wore the RYP shirt for the game…nice little tribute.

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    • tom selleck's moustache
      January 29, 2012

      Further proof that Henrik is the good twin.

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  4. whisky jack
    January 29, 2012

    Did it produce a thoughtful shrug
    When Thomas gave Sedin a hug?
    To some it comes as a surprise
    That each is just one of the guys.

    Despite the things the pundits say,
    I judge the facts another way:
    Henrik has more in common see
    With Timmy than with you or me.

    The two of them are much the same
    Because they’re paid to play the game,
    And thus it is they understand
    The ice can be a no man’s land.

    But after when it’s lost or won,
    It’s have a beer and share some fun.

    Whisky Jack

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    • Zach Morris
      January 29, 2012

      -That “hug” was the most agressive a Swede has ever given. You think Daniel’s out for blood, Henrik did that on PURPOSE.
      My own game notes:
      -Hartnell’s quite funny, and he made the Sedins (those talentless hacks) look good.
      -I don’t know why the they were put on a line with Alfredsson, because at his age he doesn’t need a couple of boat anchors around.
      -But seriously, Carey Price shoulda faced backwards for the second period, he had a lot of success with that in the shooutout yesterday
      -Alfredsson’s deke on the first goal was downright Keslerian
      -Brian Elliot let in 6 goals in one period, so it was vintage Elliot today

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  5. sgolesor
    January 29, 2012

    Minor correction: “While Edler was held off the scoresheet, he did tied Scott Hartnell and Shea Weber with a team-high plus-2 rating in a game where they lost by 3 goals.”

    Should be “did tie”

    Any chance you guys could do a similar article about the skills competition? I missed it, but I understand Team Alfredsson won thanks in a large part to some Sedinerie most wizardous.

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  6. Winsy
    January 29, 2012

    Since when is Drake from the ghetto?? Canadians know that he doesn’t really talk like that… and I agree somewhat with Peanutflower’s daughter, though I wouldn’t go as far as to say he’s a “hoe mo”. I am the same age as the Sedins. Not cool. Maybe it was to impress a rap-loving interview bomber?? Who am I kidding? I love Kes, but the twins don’t need to IMPRESS anyone! They got the loudest cheers of the weekend, save for the Sens on the ice!

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  7. annie
    January 29, 2012

    The best part about the Thomas-Sedin hug (would anyone appreciate a reference to an NME article on the Libertines from like 2005? No?) was that it was immediately followed by that very bored “How many times do you see that?” Oh, all the time, CBC. Almost constantly. Twice an hour at least, there’s Bruins clutching at the knees of Canucks in a non-aggressive manner.

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    • stathead
      January 30, 2012

      Actually, I think he meant, how many times do you see cool Sedin-to-Sedin passing resulting in a goal? He went on to appreciate the timing, & knowing the spot like a great quarterback.

      Still, they disengaged from that hug very quickly I thought. :) Not quite pals yet.

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      • annie
        January 30, 2012

        Oh, I know what he meant. It was just a great image-v/o disconnect.

        Yeah, there was a pretty abrupt release when they figured it out. You know when you walk up to someone at a store and start talking to them and then it turns out it isn’t your boyfriend/girlfriend? It was basically that level of awkward.

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  8. bob
    January 29, 2012

    If Thomas really wanted a hug, he would have called up Higgins

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  9. BedBeats
    January 30, 2012

    Missed the event, so the Canuckcenttric recap was appreciated. What was not appreciated was that pic of Drake with the Twins

    Hockey players, once tagged as underrated sitting with the most overrated Canadian musical export.

    Someone lie to me and say that was a Photoshop gag.

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    • obituary mambo
      January 30, 2012

      I second that emotion. I saw the event, but would still greatly appreciate a Canuck-centric recap of it.

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  10. obituary mambo
    January 30, 2012

    I would have liked to see Team Alfie pull off the win, but, as far as All-Star games go, this was a pretty fun one. Needless to say, that is mostly thanks to the awesomeness of the Canucks/Swedes. I appreciated Hartnell’s giddiness at playing on a line with the twins, especially since I would have pegged him as the type to question their toughness. However, he seemed genuinely thrilled to be matched up with them, which made me want to give him a hug — Higgins, too, I’d imagine. ~__^

    As an American living in the Czech Republic, I have no idea who Drake is or what he’s about. Is it actually cool that the players got to meet him? I sometimes feel as if the NHL is in a bit of a time warp music-wise; they’re hardly on the cutting edge of the music scene. For the record neither am I, but I’m not trying to appeal to the youth vote.

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  11. Geoff-C-
    January 30, 2012

    Didn’t watch the game, but I did catch the highlights. I thought it was great that the other all-stars who had the chance to play with the Sedins enjoyed it so much. And really what better of a compliment to get then have other all-stars call it a “Sedin Goal” like it is in a class of its own.

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