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Canucks Report: Hamhuis vs. Sedins

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks

It will be a quarterfinal matchup with a little Canucks flavour in Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday. Dan Hamhuis and Canada take on Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Alex Edler and Team Sweden for the right to advance to the semifinals at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.

The line-ups for both teams have been bolstered since the two teams met in the preliminary round back on May 9 when Mike Smith made 33 saves in Canada’s 3-0 win. None of the Canucks were in the line-up for that game.

Daniel, Henrik and Edler made their tournament debuts on Tuesday in a 4-2 win against Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen and Denmark.

The Sedins were on a line with Dallas Stars sniper Loui Eriksson and the trio was dominant throughout the game. Daniel and Henrik both picked up a goal and an assist, while Edler finished with one helper, as Sweden scored three times in the third period to seal the victory.

All three Canucks players played over 23 minutes as Edler led the way with 23:43 of ice-time, while Henrik played 23:20 and Daniel had 23:04. Daniel also had a game-high seven shots on goal, while Edler finished with four and Henrik had three.

Sweden finished the round-robin in third place in Group S with a record of 5-0-0-2.

On Monday, Hamhuis was sensational again for Canada in a 4-3 overtime win over Slovenia. The Canucks blueliner sprung Steve Stamkos in on a breakaway for the game-winner 2:36 into the extra frame with a lob pass from his own goal line that found the Tampa Bay Lightning sniper all the way at the far blue line. The native of Smithers, B.C., played 20:53 in the game and finished plus-two.

Through two games, Hamhuis has posted one assist and is plus-two while averaging 23:45 in ice time per game. Canada finished in second place in Group S with 18 points (5-1-1-0), two points behind first-place Switzerland (6-1-0-0).

As for Jensen, his tournament has come to an end after Denmark failed to reach the quarterfinals.

After scoring in his first game with Denmark on Saturday, Jensen was back at it again on Monday in a 3-2 win over Belarus. The Canucks 2011 first-rounder scored his second goal in as many games and had a whopping nine shots on goal in 20:14 of ice time.

Jensen was held off the scoreboard on Tuesday in the 3-2 loss to Sweden. The Danes finished sixth in Group S with a record of 1-1-1-4, good for six points.

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