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Canucks Report: Sedins grow stronger

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
April 19, 2012


By Derek Jory

The Canucks returned to Vancouver post-game Wednesday following a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarter-Final.

Air Canucks didn’t touch tarmac until around 3 a.m., so not surprisingly the team held an optional skate Thursday afternoon at Rogers Arena. Ten players took to the ice, including Mason Raymond, Zack Kassian and Daniel Sedin, who then spoke to the media, alongside Canuck associate coach Rick Bowness.

Despite feeling tired, Daniel said he feels as good as ever and remains 100 per cent moving forward. Having him back in the line-up was obviously a spark for the Canucks as they topped two goals of the first time this series, scored on the power play for the first time all series (twice) and won for the first time all series.

The Canucks forward didn’t take any of the credit and said the team elevated its game as a group, no one individual led to the win, although he couldn’t deny that he and brother Henrik were on their game like they haven’t been for a while.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and it makes the Sedins play stronger.

“Me and Henrik play together every day, every practice, every shift, I don’t want to say it gets boring, but you tend to use each other more than you should probably,” said Daniel, who was impressed with Henrik’s play while he was out recovering from a concussion.

“When I was out two years ago and even now, he’s been working on his game, he’s being strong on pucks and beating guys one-on-one and I think that’s what happened two years ago and it has shown this year that he can be really effective.”

The Canucks will practice Friday, although it’s unclear where as Coldplay takes over their home ice for back-to-back concerts Friday and Saturday.

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