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Daniel Sedin: In the Clutch

...so many overtime & game-winning goals - wow

by Rob Williams @RobTheHockeyGuy / Freelance writer

A common misconception about the Sedins was that Henrik was the passer and Daniel was the shooter.

Because really, they were both passers.

Sure, Daniel had the better shot, but truth be told, they were both better playmakers than goal-scorers.

Daniel Sedin never came close to scoring 50 goals and he only eclipsed the 40-goal plateau once, during his Pearson Trophy-winning season in 2010-11.

On the NHL's all-time lists, Daniel ranks higher in assists (67th) than he does for goals (106th).

And yet still, Daniel Sedin owns virtually every Canucks goal-scoring record.

That's a testament to the consistency he and his twin brother showed during their Hall of Fame worthy careers.

Daniel scored 20 times during his rookie year in 2000-01, and had 23 goals in his final season in 2017-18. In 17 NHL seasons, Daniel eclipsed the 20-goal plateau 11 times, including a six-year stretch (2006-2012) where he scored 29 or more goals every season.

The Canucks legend ranks first all-time in franchise history for goals (393), even strength goals (255), and power play goals (138). And if it weren't for his pass-first brother, Daniel would own every assists and points record as well, as the Sedins rank 1-2 in virtually every category.

But there are two records where Daniel is head and shoulders better than everyone else in Canucks history: overtime goals (16) and game-winning goals (86).

Vancouver's overtime king

The Sedins provided Canucks fans with many moments of brilliance, with a significant number of them coming in overtime.

Daniel's 16-career OT goals places him well ahead of Brendan Morrison, who sits second in franchise history. And with 86-career game-winners, he's well ahead of Markus Naslund (49 GWGs) as well.

Four-on-four overtime, as was the rule until 2015, played right into the Sedins' strengths. With more room to manoeuvre and puck possession at a premium, Henrik and Daniel were allowed to move the puck around the ice like the Harlem Globetrotters pass a basketball (you know, even more so than usual).

All but two of Daniel's 16-career OT goals were assisted by Henrik - and the two that weren't occurred with both brothers on the ice.

Unpredictability was always a key ingredient for the Sedins, which is true for Daniel's OT goals, because none of them were exactly the same.

Like scoring an overtime goal from the corner, like he did against Ottawa in 2014:

Watch: Youtube Video

Or dashing down the wing with speed and deking Carey Price:

Watch: Youtube Video

Or a perfectly placed wrist shot from distance:

Watch: Youtube Video

Or sneaking in between four Blackhawks to bury the winner from the top of the crease:

Watch: Youtube Video

But when it comes to memorable overtime goals, there's one that nobody will ever forget.

Going out with a bang

If the Sedins had done nothing in their final game in Vancouver, they would still be remembered fondly. They'd still belong in the Hall of Fame.

We would still celebrate Sedin Week.

But to score the winning goal in overtime in their final farewell in Vancouver - well that's not something we've seen in this town before.

Like a scene from a Hollywood movie, Henrik to Daniel - for the last time - happened in overtime in their final game in Vancouver on April 5, 2018.

"You couldn't dream of a better ending in this building, the last time we stepped on this ice," Daniel told reporters after the game. "It was emotional."

Having announced their plans to retire just three days earlier, Canucks fans cheered their heroes from start to finish. Random standing ovations became commonplace. During the play, fans chanted "Go Sedins Go."

And the overtime king came through.

Having just received a pass from his brother, and Alex Edler of all people screening the goaltender, Daniel let a quick slap shot go that Darcy Kuemper never saw.

"It was a perfect ending," said Edler.

The game meant nothing in the standings, yet it was one of the most meaningful goals ever scored at Rogers Arena.

"This is something that you look back after your career's done and it's something that you'll remember forever," Daniel told reporters after the game.

Canucks fans will never forget it either.

Video: Daniel and Henrik Sedin's Finale - Behind-the-Scenes

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