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Sedins lift Canucks past Coyotes in final NHL home game

Daniel scores, Henrik gets assist on OT winner three days after announcing retirement

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin combined on two goals in their final game at Rogers Arena, including Daniel's on the power play at 2:33 of overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

Daniel scored the winner with a one-timer off a pass from twin brother Henrik, who had an assist on each of Daniel's goals.

Video: ARI@VAN: Sedins steal the show in last home game

"You couldn't dream of a better ending in this building, the last time we stepped on this ice, and it was emotional," Daniel said.


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The Sedins, who announced their retirement Monday, received tributes and standing ovations throughout the game. It seemed to spark the Canucks (31-40-10), who outshot the Coyotes 15-0 and scored twice in the third period to rally from down 3-1.

After Jake Virtanen scored to make it 3-2 at 1:17, Brendan Leipsic tied it 3-3 on a spin move off the rush at 8:15, less than a minute after a "Hall of Fame" chant during a lengthy shift for the twins.

Video: ARI@VAN: Virtanen rifles wrist shot past Kuemper

"Once we got the first one in the third, the crowd just carried us throughout the game. That was the difference," Henrik said. "We knew it was going to be emotional. We just tried to stay as focused as possible, and it was tough. Parts of the game it felt like every time we stepped on the ice they were on their feet."

When Daniel scored to tie the game 1-1 33 seconds into the second period, it was the 744th time the Sedins combined on a goal in their 17 seasons with Vancouver.

Daniel's overtime goal made it 745.

"That topped everything," Henrik said. "When we got the power play, it felt like something good was going to happen even though we were both dead tired. We asked [coach Travis] Green for a timeout, and he gave it to us. I could barely stand up in overtime. You could feel it throughout the day; the emotions really got to us and you had 15 seconds of energy and you were done."

Christian Fischer, Derek Stepan and Dylan Strome scored, and Darcy Kuemper made 36 saves for the Coyotes (29-40-12), who are 4-1-1 in the past six games and 11-6-2 in the past 19.

Video: ARI@VAN: Fischer goes top shelf to open the scoring

"The Vancouver fans were incredible tonight," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "It was well-deserved for those two guys, classy guys. They dominated us tonight. We weren't into it, for whatever reason, but give them credit, especially that line, they played really well."

Fischer scored on a breakaway to make it 1-0 at 3:44 of the first period, but Daniel Sedin tied it early in the second after Henrik deked around Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and passed to Alexander Edler cutting into the slot. Edler sent a quick, no-look backhand pass across the ice that stranded Kuemper and left Daniel with an open net.

"It was a weird feeling, but at the same time it's a lot of fun to be a part of," said Ekman-Larsson, who has played with the Sedins for Sweden. "Obviously, it's kind of weird to stand here and say you are happy for them, but I think we didn't play good enough to win that game, that's the bottom line, and you saw their team played for them and how much they mean to that team and organization."

Stepan gave the Coyotes a 2-1 lead at 15:11 of the second, and Strome made it 3-1 at 17:12.


Goal of the game

Daniel Sedin's goal at 2:33 of overtime.

Video: ARI@VAN: D. Sedin nets OT winner in last home game


Save of the game

Jacob Markstrom stopping Stepan at 15:01 of the second period.

Video: ARI@VAN: Markstrom turns aside Stepan with his glove


Highlight of the game

Daniel Sedin's goal 33 seconds into the second period.

Video: ARI@VAN: D. Sedin buries wrister in final home game


They said it

"You never want to lose, but I'm not shocked by the way it ended. For the story of their whole career, that's the way it should end almost." -- Coyotes center Brad Richardson on former teammates Daniel and Henrik Sedin combining on the OT goal in their final game at Rogers Arena


"I was so tired, but when you have this crowd, I think it just keeps you going. It wins you games, I think. I hope as the team gets better, the fans will fill the building again, because when the building is full, it's a great building to play in." -- Canucks forward Daniel Sedin


"It's tough to put into words. It's a special moment from warmup and on, just a night that we will remember forever." -- Canucks forward Henrik Sedin


Need to know

Henrik Sedin passed Nicklas Lidstrom for most overtime assists in NHL history (23). … Coyotes forward Clayton Keller had an assist on Stepan's goal, giving the rookie at least one point in 13 of his past 14 games (five goals, 12 assists). … Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton returned after missing eight games with a foot infection and being a healthy scratch Tuesday against the Vegas Golden Knights.


What's next

Coyotes: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday (9 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Canucks: At the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SNP, NHL.TV)

Video: Sedin brothers seal Canucks' OT win in last home game

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