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Canucks Report - Henrik's star performance

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

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CANUCKS CAPTURE NORTHWEST LEAD

Captain Roberto Luongo turned away 33 Wild shots last night in Minnesota to bring the game to overtime before Henrik Sedin sealed the win, rifling a shot past Niklas Backstrom. The 2-1 overtime win vaulted the Canucks past the Calgary Flames and into the Northwest division lead.

"It felt good, especially when we didn't play in the third like we wanted to," said Henrik. "It's taken a lot [to catch Calgary]. We've pretty much had to win every game and still it's not over. It's going to be a battle until the last game. We can’t be satisfied to pass them.”

Both Sedins have been performing at the top of their game down the stretch, silencing critics and earning them recognition from the league.

"This past month, where we've had 15 games to play, the twins have been our top point-production guys," said head coach Alain Vigneault. "They've done it in pressure moments. That's good for us, with the playoffs around the corner."

Henrik has been named the NHL's second star for the month of March. He is joined by, Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes (first star) and Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets (third star) as the NHL 'Three Stars' of the month.

Henrik led all Canucks skaters during the month of March with 19 points (7-12-19). Included in that total were three game-winners. He registered points (4-6-10) in five consecutive games to end the month and helped Vancouver to an 11-3-1 record in March.

He currently sits eighth overall in the League in assists (57) and tenth overall in game-winning goals (7). During the month of March, Henrik recorded six multi-point games including three 3-point outings. He has set a single-season career high in goals (19) this season and is five points shy of his career-best point total of 81 set in 2006-07.

The Ornskoldsvik native currently leads all Canucks in assists and holds the franchise record for most assists in a season (71) and sits fifth on the all-time Canucks leaderboard for assists with 348 in his career.

CANUCK PROSPECTS JOIN MOOSE

Defencemen Taylor Ellington and Yann Sauve joined the Moose in Manitoba Tuesday, after signing amateur tryout contracts with the AHL club.

The ATOs allow draft picks, prospects and other undrafted free agents to participate in a team's practice sessions and even play in regular-season and playoff games.

Sauve, the Canucks second round draft pick in 2008, tallied five goals and 30 points with the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs this season before they were eliminated in the first round of playoffs. The Montreal native has a full season of junior eligibility remaining.

"Sauve, he's a 1990 birthday so he won't be able to play for us in the AHL next season," said Moose GM Craig Heisinger. "But I'm of the opinion it's good to get to know him, not so much as a player but probably as a person, and it's good for him to get to know what he might be up against next year at this time."

Ellington posted six goals and 32 points in 69 games this season with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL, before they suffered the same fate in the playoffs.

"Ellington's junior career is done and whether he can contribute [here] this year is up to him and the coaches," said Heisinger. "In his case, he's going to compete for a job next year in Vancouver and here, so this would give him a leg up next fall, I believe."

The Moose are first in the AHL standings, with five games remaining to play in their regular season and have already clinched a playoff spot. More significantly for the development of Ellington and Sauve, the Moose boast the top ranked blueline in the American Hockey League.

It has not been decided if Ellington or Sauve will get into the lineup, but both will certainly benefit from practicing with the high-flying Moose. The team took Monday and Tuesday off and return to work today to prepare for their final five regular-season games.

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