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.Tags: Daniel, Edler, Henrik, The NHL All-Star Game, Wizardous Sedinerie