What was that everyone was saying about Henrik and Daniel Sedin
heading into the Western Conference Finals?
Chokers? Regular season performers only? Passengers?
Yeah, pretty sure we can forget all that right now. Henrik and Daniel are back.
The twins combined for 5 points to help lead Vancouver to a 7-3 win Wednesday night in Game 2 against San Jose at Rogers Arena. Daniel scored 2 power play goals and Henrik assisted on both while adding a third helper on Aaron Rome
's first career playoff goal.
Henrik and Daniel showed their chemistry on Daniel's first goal when some back-and-forth passing resulted in a one-timer for Daniel from the high slot with 10:21 to play in the first. Henrik also fed Daniel with a pass from the corner to the slot for a power-play goal with 8:19 left in the third period that gave the Canucks a 5-2 lead.
Henrik also had 2 points in Game 1 to give him 5 points in two games this round after he scored only 4 points in six games last round against Nashville. Daniel had only 3 points against Nashville.
"I think our power-play was clicking pretty good tonight," Daniel said. "I think that was the main thing. I thought we played better in the first game, but tonight we were fortunate to get a goal there."
Well, three in total, but who's counting. The twins certainly aren't.
They've said from day one that they don't care if it's them or anybody else producing in the playoffs as long as the Canucks win. But, after watching Vancouver slide by Nashville, it was fairly obvious that there was no way this team was going to challenge for a Stanley Cup if the twins, first and fourth in the NHL's scoring race this season, didn't have their say against San Jose.
They're having more of a say. Along with Kevin Bieksa
, they're leading the way.
"That whole line tonight obviously had some quality shifts on the ice," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault
said, giving right wing Alex Burrows some credit as well for his night that included an assist, five shots and a team-high eight hits. "They spent a lot of time in the other team's end protecting the puck, getting great chances. I think the other thing they did well tonight was they created a lot on the rush. Our D's were able to jump in the attack and able to find them. They got some grade A scoring chances and played real well."
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