HENRIK NOMINATED FOR TED LINDSAY AWARD
The NHLPA announced today the finalists for the 2009-10 Ted Lindsay Award, awarded to the "Most Outstanding Player."
The three finalists are the Canucks' very own Henrik Sedin, Sydney Crosby of the Pittsburg Penguins, and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, the same three candidates for the Hart Memorial Trophy.
The award was introduced on April 29, 2010 and is the only award based on the votes from players themselves, and carries on the tradition of the Lester B. Pearson Award. The award will be presented at the 2010 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 23, 2010.
Henrik has had an oustanding season appearing in all 82 regular season games for the fifth consecutive time, where he registed 112 points (29-83-112), surpassing Pavel Bure's former franchise record of 110 points. His 112 points was the most in the league giving the Canucks franchise its first Art Ross Trophy winner.
The Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, native also set a new franchise record for assists after beating Trevor Linden's 415, as well as besting the Canucks single-season assists record with 83, beating the previous record he set in the 2006-07 season.
BYFUGLIEN’S GOT NOTHIN’
After suffering a 5-2 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday, the Canucks will make adjustments, one that involves doing a better job against forward Dustin Byfuglien, who netted a hat trick with a goal a period in game three.
The move to the top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane proved to be successful as the 6’4”, 257 pound net-front player recorded six shots on Roberto Luongo and a game-high six hits.
"He's doing a pretty good job for them right now," said Shane O'Brien. "He's getting there, and he's so big and strong that when he gets position on you, he's almost impossible to move. We just have to do a better job of not letting him get there. Whoever is playing against him has to do a better job of keeping him out of the blue."
Byfuglien’s disturbing net-front tactics did result in two minor penalties, one for interference, and another for roughing. However the calls in this series seem to be a little looser when it comes to creating traffic and getting under the goaltender’s skin.
"Dustin is doing a good job at what he's doing and he's not getting called for it," said Roberto Luongo. "He's doing what he has to do. We have to realize we can do the same thing on the other side and make sure we get some sticks in the crease when the puck is there and get their guy off balance."
"Just get in front of his face, jam at his pads, take his eyes away, and bump him," said Ryan Kesler. "That's what they’re doing to Lui, and that's what we're going to do to him."
Hawks goaltender Antti Niemi made an impressive 31 saves on 33 shots against Vancouver. The Canucks hope to shoot less from the blue-line and more from those dirty areas of the ice with one or two players being a net-front presence in front of Niemi.
"A net-front presence is key when playing against any team," said Sami Salo. "Goalies in this league are going to stop any shots from the blue line so we need guys to be in front of the goalie to prevent him from making easy saves."
The Canucks are sixth in the league on the power-play with a 21.0 PP%, having scored eight goals on 38 opportunities, but just two of those eight against the Blackhawks. The Canucks did not take advantage of five possible game-changing opportunities in game three on Wednesday, and netted just five power-play shots.
Chicago, who is ninth in the league with an 18.9 PP%, netted two goals on the man advantage though the Canucks had eight trips to the box and two 10 minute game misconducts. The traffic being created by the Hawks in front of Luongo during the PP is something the Canucks hope to do more of in game four.
"I think the guy that is near the crease has to do a better job," said Daniel Sedin. "Niemi is seeing a lot of the pucks right now, so if we need two guys there I guess that's what we have to do. Like I said, it comes down to the power-play, we'll do some adjustments, and I think we'll be fine."
"Power-play's a big thing, and it's been something we've been good at during the season, and we need to get pucks to the net a little bit more," said Alex Edler.
The Canucks were sixth in the league in the regular season with a 20.9 PP% scoring the second most PPG with 68. Chicago finished the season in 16th with a 17.2 PP% and 52 PPG. With a few adjustments, the Canucks plan to bring back their regular season success on the man advantage.
"I think our power-play is more about us and our execution," said Alain Vigneault. "It's been good all year long, and it's going to be good for us tomorrow. We're going to make a couple adjustments on it without a doubt. It could've been the difference in the last two games."
After dropping a 5-1 decision to the Canucks in game one, Chicago made a few adjustments and came back to win game two. Vancouver hopes to do the same. With past experience of being down 2-1 in the series against the Los Angeles Kings and winning it after six games, there isn’t too much worry in the dressing room.
"This is what's great about the playoffs, it's up and down," said Daniel Sedin. "You win a game, and you think you have the momentum. We have to come out and get the win tomorrow."