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Henrik Sedin becomes Canucks' scoring leader

Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 2:38 AM / News

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Henrik Sedin becomes Canucks' scoring leader
Henrik Sedin became the Vancouver Canucks' all-time scoring leader with a pair of second-period assists in Friday night's game against Dallas.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Henrik Sedin became the Vancouver Canucks' all-time scoring leader with a pair of second-period assists in Friday night's game against the Dallas Stars.

Sedin tied Markus Naslund for the top spot on the franchise scoring list by earning an assist at 3:21 of the middle period when twin brother Daniel banked a puck off Dallas goaltender Richard Bachman and into the net to tie the game at 1-1.

The record-setting 757th point was the kind of play that has made Henrik one of the NHL's top playmakers. He set up Alexandre Burrows for a one-timer past Bachman with the sort of pinpoint, cross-zone feed he's made throughout his career. The goal gave Vancouver a 3-1 lead.

The sellout crowd at Rogers Arena saluted the Canucks' captain with a standing ovation while the teams lined up at center ice. The ovation continued even after play resumed -- it didn't stop for a full three minutes. When play was finally halted, he saluted the crowd.

Henrik Sedin
Center - VAN
GOALS: 171 | ASST: 586 | PTS: 757

"To be a part of something like that and getting a chance to get the record on home ice in front of your home fans, it was an honor and a great feeling out there," Sedin said after the game. "It means a lot to me."

During a TV timeout, the Canucks aired a tribute video to Sedin, featuring congratulations from Naslund and Trevor Linden, who fell to second and third on the Canucks' scoring list.

"Everyone knows how much they meant to both me and Daniel our first couple years," Sedin said. "To have their support and be mentioned in the same sentence as those guys is special."

The Stars rallied for three goals to grab a 4-3 victory, taking some of the luster off of Sedin's record-setting night.

But not all of it.

"The fans really did right by him to give him that kind of recognition," goaltender Cory Schneider said. "It's an amazing feat by an amazing guy and an amazing player. It's too bad losing the game put a damper on what should have been a special night -- it still is special."

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