Daniel Sedin continues to shine as he demonstrated in last night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Daniel scored his seventh goal of the season and is now tied for most goals in the league with Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks.
"It tied the game up, so it was nice," Daniel said to Province reporter, Jason Botchford. "The way we played, I think we played a really good road game. This is the way we have to play on the road. Not like the way we did in Minnesota where we gave up so many chances and odd man rushes."
Daniel led off for the Canucks in the shootout and scored his first shootout goal since January 23, 2008, when he scored the winner against the St. Louis Blues.
Despite regularly being among the team’s top goal scorers, the 30-year-old is 3-for-16 in shootouts in his career. Before last night he hadn’t been called on in the shootout since January 2, 2009 against the Atlanta Thrashers.
So how did Daniel get the inspiration for his memorable backhand?
"I saw it on TV a few weeks ago on a highlight package," he said.
Daniel has 10 points (7-3-10) in seven games this season, putting him one point ahead of his brother, Henrik, who leads the league in assists (0-9-9).
He is also only one point behind points leader Hossa (7-4-11).
Last season Daniel finished second in team scoring, with 85 points (29-56-85), despite missing 18 games due to a broken foot.
Roberto Luongo put in a solid performance in last’s night’s overtime loss to Chicago. He made 31 saves at the United Centre, allowing only one goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Despite media speculation head coach Alain Vigneault had no doubts that Luongo would start in Chicago.
"I knew as soon as I walked out the rink [in Minnesota] I was coming back to him," Vigneault said. "I told him as soon as he walked on the bus. He's our guy. He's an elite goaltender, he's an experienced guy and he wants to win. I knew he was going to have a real good game and he did."
Luongo allowed six goals before Cory Schneider took to the net after the second period in Tuesday’s game against the Wild but didn’t let that rattle him the following night.
"I wasn't very happy with myself [Tuesday night]," Luongo said. "I was happy that Alain put me in tonight so I could bounce back right away."
Although Luongo put up a stellar performance in regulation, he let in all three shots he faced in the shootout. Roland Melanson plans to start working with both goalies on shootouts.
"That's exactly what Rollie just mentioned to me," Vigneault said. "We're only [early] in the season and they haven't had any opportunity except for one time in training camp to work on it a little bit. I am confident that with both our goaltenders and Rollie working on it they'll all get better."
Luongo currently has a .903 SV% and a 2.92 GAA.