The annual Every Goal series will run Monday to Thursday through July and August, remembering every goal scored by the Canucks, player by player. Today, we take a second look at Henrik “Captain Hook″ Sedin.
On Wednesday, we looked at the first seven goals of Henrik’s 2011-12 season and noted that they weren’t particularly wizardous. Well, don’t worry folks. Henrik just saved all the magic for part two. There are some absolute beauties in this batch of seven, including arguably the best goal of the season. Even the ugly rebound goals are beatified in some way.
Henrik gets a lot of flack for not scoring more often, most of it undeserved considering his role as a playmaker, but these goals makes me wish that he did score more often: they’re just so dang pretty. I want him to score like this all the time.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about: this is just another rebound goal, but the puck movement is so seamless. After Daniel passes the puck from the boards, Henrik, Edler, Hamhuis, and Niemi each touch the puck once, making it seem like Niemi is just part of the passing play. And give him credit: that pass is right on Henrik’s tape.
This goal. THIS GOAL. This was the first of 3 marvelous instances of Wizardous Sedinerie in this game against the Wild, and it’s started off by a brilliant backcheck by Alex Edler, who dives out to pokecheck the puck away from Matt Cullen on a shorthanded breakaway.
Harrison did a full Breakdowning of the result, but here’s the Coles Notes: slow-motion, rink-wide give-and-go somehow performed in real-time. This may just be the best Canucks goal of 2011-12.
The hilarious thing about this goal is how wide open both Daniel and Henrik are in front of the goal. Off a lost faceoff, Burrows creates a turnover behind the Ducks’ net and immediately flings the puck out front. Daniel can’t quite reach it, which is for the best, as Henrik is ready and waiting. Henrik must have spent a lot of time hanging out with Sami Salo last season, because his finish is flawless. Not even a hint of an accent.
After years of being the slap-passer, Henrik takes a turn as the slap-passee, re-directing the delivery from Alex Edler up over Tim Thomas’s right wing. Kesler, like the liberal media, provides a great screen.
Watching this goal, it looks like typical Wizardous Sedinerie: touch-pass give-and-go at the blueline to create a 2-on-1 down low, followed by a slick backhand saucer pass over a diving defenceman to set up the tap-in. Yawn, seen it all before, let’s move on to the next goal.
Thing is, the guy delivering that beautiful backhand saucer pass isn’t a Sedin; it’s Byron Bitz. It makes me think that one of the Sedins isn’t actually a wizard, but is rather an artificer who temporarily imbued Bitz’s stick with an infusion of Sedinerie. I’m guessing it’s Henrik, since we’ve already established that Daniel is, at minimum, a third-level wizard.
Less than a minute into this game, Alex Burrows somehow got a breakaway; unfortunately, he lost control of the puck and Khabibulin swatted it aside. Ununfortunately, the Oilers somehow managed to forget that Burrows’ linemates are the Sedins. Daniel picks up the puck off the boards and, seeing Henrik completely alone in front of the net, sends hims the puck to keep him company. No one should have to be alone that close to Valentine’s Day.
At first glance, this looks like another ugly rebound goal off a lucky bounce. There’s nothing lucky about the puck finding Henrik, however. After Edler’s point shot is tipped by Kesler, the rebound comes out to Burrows, who immediately finds a wide open Henrik with a quick backhand pass. This goal, scored in the final game of the regular season, broke a 22-game goalless drought for Henrik.
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