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Sedin thinks Canucks can cure power-play problems

Wednesday, 06.08.2011 / 2:13 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

By Greg Picker - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Sedin thinks Canucks can cure power-play problems
Henrik Sedin believes he and his teammates have figured out what needs to be fixed on their power play. Now they have to put those changes to good use in Game 4.
For Henrik Sedin, the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final have not gone as well for him statistically as the rest of the playoffs.  Henrik has no points and is the only player who has played all three games of the series to fail to register a shot on goal.
 
A large part of the reason why Henrik has been kept off the scoresheet has been the surprisingly anemic Canucks' power play.  Coming into the series, Henrik had 21 points in 18 games, 10 of which came on the power play.  Through the first three rounds of the playoffs, the Canucks were 28.3% with the man advantage, but since the Final began Vancouver has scored just once in 16 chances on the power play for a 6.2% rate.
 
According to Henrik, fixing the power play is something the team has focuses on and believes it can improve enough to win the last two games needed to win the Stanley Cup.
 
"We looked at video.  We know what's going on and we know what we can do better," said Henrik Sedin.  "Now it's just a matter of us going out on the ice and execute.  Maybe that doesn't always show up as goals but we at least---we need to create some momentum."
 
By looking at video, Henrik believes the Canucks know specifically what needs to be done to fix the power play. 
 
"I think we need to get back to doing things that we did all year.  That's getting movement, getting [defensemen] coming in through their box, having the forwards moving around, and not just moving the puck because [the Bruins] are coming out of the shooting lanes and blocking our shots," said Henrik Sedin.
 
In Boston's Game 3, 8-1 win, the Bruins scored two shorthanded goals, which is more than the Canucks have scored on the power play throughout the series.
 
Vancouver finished the regular season with the best power play in the NHL, at 24.3%.  The Bruins on the other hand were right in the middle of the pack on the penalty kill by killing off 82.6% of power plays against, good enough for 16th in the NHL.
 
One of Henrik's best opportunities of the series, to at least get a shot on goal, came in the third period of Game 3.  As Henrik tried to corral a puck right in front of the net, but before he could get a shot off, Bruins' goaltender Tim Thomas came forward with his arm and knocked Henrik off the puck.  Thomas was credited with a hit, the first time a goaltender has been credited with a hit in the postseason since the San Jose Sharks' Evgeni Nabokov in 2007.
 
Henrik's twin brother Daniel has put up better stats than Henrik this series, scoring once and adding an assist for two points.  However, like Henrik, Daniel was kept off the scoreboard in the Game 3 blowout loss.  Daniel did make it onto the scoresheet however, as he was forced to serve a 10-minute misconduct in the third period. 
 
With the score 4-0 Boston, and seemingly out of hand for the Canucks to come back, Daniel Sedin and the Bruins' Andrew Ference were involved in a scrum after the whistle had been blown. 
 
Throughout the series, Daniel has taken 14 PIM, while Henrik hasn't been called for a penalty yet.
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