You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 7-3 win over Calgary.
…Daniel Sedin scored back-to-back goals 20 seconds apart three minutes into the third period to record his second hat trick of the season and guide the Canucks to a 7-3 win over the Flames tying a franchise record for victories in a season at 49.
With everything in stone except who Vancouver will face in the opening round of the playoffs, priority number one for Vancouver during the final regular season game was helping Henrik Sedin pass Alex Ovechkin for the lead in the Art Ross Trophy race.
That mission was accomplished early and doubled late.
Vancover led 1-0 early in the first off a Rick Rypien goal before Henrik had the second assist on a Kevin Bieksa goal and the primary helper on Daniel’s first of the night.
After Calgary scored twice to end the first and start the second to cut Vancouver’s lead to 4-2, Ryan Kesler found the back of the net to put this game on thin ice for the Flames, who will miss the playoffs for the first time in club history when posting at least 40 wins.
Daniel’s quick goals had the Canucks up 6-2; the teams traded strikes late in what ended as a route for the home side.
It was all Henrik, all the time.
Hank’s second-career four assist game and fifth four point outing in 728 career contests couldn’t have come at a better time as it moved him to 112 points this season, tops in the NHL, three better than Alex Ovechkin in the race for the Art Ross.
Regardless of if Henrik finishes first or second in points, a franchise record for most points in a season was set with Hank’s third assist. That point gave him 111, one better than Pavel Bure’s club record of 110 from the 1992-93 season.
Henrik’s magical night was backed by coach Alain Vigneault as he gave his star forward a season-high 25:24 of ice time, six minutes more than his season average and a minute and a half more than his season high.
With four assists, Hank finishes the year with a career-high 83; no other NHLer has over 70 this year.
Henrik’s assists were just passes without someone to convert them to goals.
Daniel Sedin was happy to oblige.
Three of Vancouver’s seven goals were off the stick of Daniel as he recorded his second hat trick of the season and fourth of his career; the trifecta upped Vancouver’s league leading hat trick total to eight on the year, achieved by six players.
It was a four-point night for Daniel as he also picked up an assist, which put his final season points total at 85, three better than last season with 19 less games played.
Of Daniel’s three scores, the third will be remembered as Vancouver’s goal of the year, no question.
Following a Henrik faceoff win, the puck worked its way back to Christian Ehrhoff, who fired a shot/pass to Henrik, still at the faceoff dot. Hank back-tapped the puck to Daniel as he cut in on goal from the left side. As Miikka Kiprusoff went for the poke check, Daniel pulled the puck between his legs and roofed it for a beer-spilling, popcorn-throwing, eye-bugging highlight reel goal.
Although Rick Rypien finishing one assist shy of a Gordie Howe hat trick earned consideration to be recognized as the stat of the night, the assist that Christian Ehrhoff picked up on the dazzling Daniel goal gets the nod.
The helper, his 30th of the season and career-high 44th point, tied him with former NHLer and fellow countryman Uwe Krupp for most points in a season by a German born defenceman.
Henrik Sedin on his spectacular outing, recording a point early to get into a groove and besting Pavel Bure’s club record of points in a season:
”It feels great with a night like this. I told Daniel this morning that he was going to have a hat trick tonight and he did. He made some unbelievable plays, Burr did too and they really opened up things for me and I mean look at Danny’s three goals, they’re all individual efforts that you need to have.
“A game like this, you need an early point for sure. Daniel made a great play to Juice and it felt like one of those nights where things were going to open up and we had a lot of chances to put a few more away, but we’re really proud of what we did.
”I don’t know what to say. He’s one of those players that can rank as one of the most exciting players that ever played. He was a big part of the team here and I never thought I was going to be here and I think it feels nice that we worked hard together and the hard work paid off.”
The Canucks have at least three days off before playing Game 1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
Sunday is an off day for Vancouver, but it won’t be without some stress as Alex Ovechkin can overtake Henrik with a three point game versus the Boston Bruins.
OV has averaged two points a game against Boston this season.