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 look at Daniel “The Shooty” Sedin.
We tend to save the best for last here at Pass it to Bulis (probably because, like all Canuck fans, we are inherently masochistic). With that in mind, the Every Goal series now draws to a close the same way it did last year: with a week dedicated to the goal-scoring prowess of Daniel Sedin.
Edit: No it doesn’t. We forgot about Chris Higgins and Alex Edler. One more week! One more week!
Daniel saw a step back in terms of production this year, a sad fact I would attribute to three factors: first, he had a career year in 2010-11, so some dropoff was probably inevitable. Second, a run to the Stanley Cup Final may have proved to everyone what the Sedins were capable of, but it had the negative side effect of making opposing coaches fear the twins more and giving those coaches ample time to observe how best to defend them. Third — and this is a pretty big one — suffering a season-ending concussion tends to slow one’s production right the heck down.
But Daniel was still pretty good. He may not have led the team with 41 goals, but he still led the team with 30. Today we take a look at the first 10.
What a great first goal. This is nearly Alex Burrows’s big moment, as he makes an inside-outside move on Paul Martin late in the Canucks’ season opener versus the Pittsburgh Penguins and nearly gets in behind the defence. But his pretty play doesn’t pay off, and it becomes clear that it’s going to take a really pretty play. Luckily, when Burrows is on the ice, the Sedins usually are as well, and they connect for a gorgeous game-tying goal, with Henrik Sedin’s insane backhand bloop saucer pass planting Daniel all alone in front for the goal.
Alex Edler gets a lot of grief (even from us) for not using his big shot enough, but I don’t think he gets enough credit for his big pass. That guy goes tape to tape with the smoothness of a veteran cassette-flipper. You can see it here, as he walks in from the point on the powerplay, then spots Daniel Sedin camped alone on the other side of the goal. One picture-perfect hard pass later, Daniel is roofing it.
By now, you probably know that the Sedins start in the offensive zone more than any line in the NHL. It makes sense: they score a lot, so starting them closer to the opposing goal is wise. But there’s more to it than that: they’re also just amazing off the faceoff, with a full book of set plays to run should they win the draw. They run one here, and while it doesn’t work, it turns the shift into complete chaos, and when Pekka Rinne loses the post trying to keep up, Daniel shrewdly banks it off his back and in.
Wherein Daniel banks his second in a row off the opposition and in. This one goes off of Nicklas Backstrom, then off a defence and in, and it’s worth noting that, while Daniel didn’t intend for that to happen, he did intend to put it right where he did. From the reverse angle, you can see Daniel throw the puck at Backstrom’s skate, hoping it either caroms directly in or happens past Kesler on a rebound. It works out pretty well for him.
Back to the powerplay we go for another example of Alex Edler’s somewhat under-appreciated passing. He wins a race to the puck in the corner here, and when the Flames’ penalty-kill box dissolves into nothing, Edler absorbs a check along the wall to beautifully feed Henrik coming out from behind the net. Not to be outdone, Henrik threads a pass between to Flames and Daniel threads a shot through Miikka Kiprusoff.
Oh look, another powerplay goal. This one’s a testament to the Sedins’ uncanny ability to find one another, as Henrik Sedin picks up a rebound off a Dan Hamhuis shot and, rather than shoot, as pretty much every other NHLer would, he somehow has the presence of mind to find Daniel Sedin on the other side of the ice instead. It’s completely unexpected, so much so that a befuddled Corey Crawford throws his stick in an attempt to keep it out.
Be sure to watch this one again, because it’s way, way craftier than you think. On first glance, it looks like Daniel picks up the rebound on an Alex Edler shot and stuffs it home. But on second glance, you see that the puck never made it to the net the first time. Edler put it softly to Daniel Sedin on purpose, and Daniel kicked it to himself while spinning off of Nikita Nikitin. It’s a beautiful goal.
Didn’t we see this goal already? Daniel victimizes Pekka Rinne from below the goal line for the second time, banking a puck off of Rinne’s right skate and in for his eighth of the season. It makes sense: don’t want Rinne to absorb the puck into his black hole of a glove? Shoot at his feet and his back.
Man alive, if Daniel Sedin’s entry in the Every Goal series was all you saw of the Canucks, you’d assume there was some rule that Vancouver always got to have one more guy on the ice than their opponents. All these goals are on the powerplay! This one’s pretty, as Henrik and Kesler somehow draw all four Calgary defenders below the far circle before Kesler comes out from behind the goal and finds a wide open Daniel Sedin on the other ice.
Here’s yet another moment of Wizardous Sedinerie, but let’s give some credit: this is a team effort. Both teams work together to create this goal, which is nursery rhyme sweet. Seriously, the entirety of “Ring Around the Rosie” is in this goal. It begins with Shane O’Brien’s weak clearing attempt, a ring-around unfit even for the rosie, as is Gabriel Landeskog’s follow-up attempt. Then, Henrik bamboozles the Avalanche with a no-look back pass best described as a pocket full of poesy, and Alex Burrows burns them to ashes, ashes with a feed to Daniel Sedin behind the goal, we see the Avalanche all fall down trying to stop the wrap-around. But it’s to no avail.
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