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.