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Henrik Sedin's ironman streak ends

by Kevin Woodley

VANCOUVER – For the first time in almost 10 years, the Vancouver Canucks will play a game without Henrik Sedin.

The Canucks captain and leading scorer won't play Tuesday on the road against the Edmonton Oilers, ending his franchise-record ironman streak at 679 games. Sedin hasn't missed a game since March 2004, but didn't finish Vancouver's last two games.

Sedin was knocked out of a 1-0 loss against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday after taking a late crosscheck in the back of the ribs. He played Saturday against the Calgary Flames, extending the NHL's second-longest active streak to 689 games, but was clearly laboring in the second period and didn't come out for the third.

Sedin, who has 40 points in 50 games, wasn't at practice Monday and didn't speak, but assistant coach Mike Sullivan confirmed he wouldn't be in the lineup in Edmonton.

"The fact he's been able to play that many games consecutively is just a testament to his determination and how tough he is," Sullivan said. "Him and [twin brother] Daniel both play in the hard areas of the rink on a consistent basis because they have the puck so much."

Henrik, who was also playing through a finger injury that requires him to wear a splint, finished with the sixth-longest ironman streak in NHL history and trailed only St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (683) among active players. He played nine consecutive NHL seasons without missing a game, as well as two Olympics, two World Championships and a season in the Swedish Elite League.

"I've been fortunate to be healthy almost 10 years now," Sedin said Saturday, downplaying a streak that includes playing one shift while other top players sat out the season finale in 2012-13. "I think it means more for our physician [Mike Burnstein], not for me."

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