Henrik Sedin becomes the Canucks’ leading scorer, receives standing ovation

Many in Vancouver have spent the past few days debating the atmosphere in Rogers Arena. It’s too corporate, some said. It’s not lively enough, other said. But, as it turns out, it’s not difficult to get the crowd on its feet. All you have to do is become the Canucks’ franchise scoring leader. Easy.

That’s what Henrik Sedin did Friday, picking up the two points he needed to match and surpass Markus Naslund during a five-minute stretch in the second period versus the Dallas Stars. It was a pair of assists that earned Henrik the title, because of course it was.

Here’s the record-breaking assist itself, which was, as per usual, a thing of beauty.

Filthy pass from a filthy passer. How filthy is Henrik? After feeding Burrows, he said, “Keep the change, you filthy animal.” So filthy.

Sure enough, the crowd delivered, erupting when Henrik recorded assist number two, then honouring him a standing ovation once the record was officially announced in the arena. The ovation started with 9:15 remaining and, as play continued and Alain Vigneault rolled his lines, eventually cycling back to Henrik’s first unit, it only grew in intensity. Henrik almost picked up another assist while the audience stood, but Alex Burrows was stoned by Richard Bachman and the clock finally halted with 7:15 left. The standing ovation continued.

The only issue is that I can’t tell you exactly how long that standing ovation lasted, as Sportsnet cut to commercial shortly after Henrik waved to the excited crowd.  It was the only thing that marred a wonderful moment for the Canucks’ understated captain. Lame, Sportsnet.

Here’s the ovation they showed. Warning: you’ll probably get chills and/or warm fuzzies.

And finally, here’s what we missed while Sportsnet tried to sell us, like, paper towels or macaroni or whatever: a tribute that aired on the Jumbotron featuring congratulations from Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund.

Two thoughts: First, Trevor Linden is a hipster now? Then we are all hipsters.

Second, did Naslund just suggest that Daniel Sedin might become…. out for blood? You guys. I think Markus Naslund reads our blog.

18 comments

  1. DanD
    February 15, 2013

    Yeah, that was gross. I was almost yelling at the TV for someone to flip the puck into the bench so the crowd could properly acknowledge Henrik. And then, when it happened, there were commercials.

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  2. Timmy Wong
    February 15, 2013

    After watching that video, I feel like getting hipster glasses from Clearlycontacts. Damn you, Trevor Linden!

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  3. sarah
    February 15, 2013

    Hey Trev, want to check out the Airborne Toxic Event with me?…er…Congrats to Henrik!!

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  4. Cody
    February 15, 2013

    Markus not only reads your blog. He steals material from it

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  5. Zach Morris
    February 15, 2013

    Well deserved!

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  6. Nee
    February 15, 2013

    FYI, the Canucks have uploaded the full standing-o clip:

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    • Dan
      February 16, 2013

      Wow that video…I’m verklempt. Classy and fantastic by both the fans and Captain Hank.

      Man, is it allergy season already? *sniffles*

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  7. akidd
    February 15, 2013

    a huge moment nonetheless. what an achievement for henrik!

    that the production at roger’s arena wasn’t quite up to the occasion is less surprising considering the finalists for the canuck entry song. is it me or is the canuck marketing dept due for a shakeup? or in the very least a strong cup of coffee.

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  8. Brent
    February 16, 2013

    I liked the spontaneous ovation, it didn’t need a ceremony. But it should have been followed by a ceremony. Who the hell is in charge? Fire them.

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  9. Dan
    February 16, 2013

    Congratulations Henrik!

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  10. Fuzzysheep
    February 16, 2013

    Note to all prospective advertisers: Do not purchase adverts in sports, all I associate with your product is frustration, annoyance and impatience.

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  11. Arlo
    February 16, 2013

    Great to see the Vancouver crowd on their feet and showing love to our hockey wizard.

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  12. John Andress
    February 16, 2013

    What did you expect from the Toronto Sports Network? They sometimes don’t even bother to start broadcasting Canuck games on time. To say that I loath and detest TSN broadcasts, and most of the Eastern talking heads who pontificate on matters pertaining to the Canucks that they manifestly know absolutely nothing about is an understatement. Ironic then that one of the best commentating tandems on the air, Chris Cuthbert and Ray Ferraro, usually do the play-by-play of Canucks games on TSN. For the most part, TSN is a waste of oxygen.

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    • John Andress
      February 16, 2013

      Excuse my mistake. I now realize that last night’s game was broadcast by Sportsnet. I suppose that I am just so pissed off with TSN’s shoddy treatment of Canuck’s broadcasts that I jumped the gun by criticizing them for something that they weren’t even involved in. That makes my contempt for TSN no less valid but I do apologize for being incorrect on this specific occasion.

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  13. Canucklehead_in_T.O.
    February 16, 2013

    Is Trevor Linden the world’s most perfect man?

    Yes. Of course he is.

    (If we ever find ourselves in a stretch of time with no relevant hockey news to report, perhaps the Wagooney boys will delight us with a intensively researched in-depth chronicling of the ways in which Trev exemplifies all tht humanity aspires to be? Pretty please?!)

    Also, must say I was proud of our brethren at Rogers Arena last night for giving Hank some well-deserved, appropriate, and heart-felt recognition. We don’t appreciate him nearly enough, so it’s nice to see him getting his due from the (usually implacable) crowd.
    Redhead powers! Hooray!

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  14. Shon
    February 16, 2013

    Ha! I thought Trevor looked like a hipster too!

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  15. BedBeats
    February 16, 2013

    And for you Harrison, because i totally flaked on submitting my fun Canuck GIFS in your competition. My Hank GIF for PITB:

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  16. BedBeats
    February 17, 2013

    [IMG]http://i46.tinypic.com/29corch.jpg[/IMG]

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