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Rest pays off for Sedins

by Dhiren Mahiban /
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- When Vancouver had five days off between the second and third rounds of the playoffs many suggested Henrik Sedin would be the Canuck to benefit the most. He was laboring at times during the Nashville series and went four games without a point.

Since defeating the Predators in six games in a series that ended on May 9, the Canucks have played just twice in nine days. Henrik agreed Thursday the time off was much needed.

"It was nice to get some time off and get back on track," he said. "I feel fresh, I feel I have my legs and everything – it's good."

The older of the two twins has 1 goal and 4 assists through the first two games of this series -- he had 8 points in the first two rounds.

Adding to the twins' success is the style of play employed by the San Jose Sharks, in the second round Daniel and Henrik were matched up predominantly against the shutdown defensive duo of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter; as a result, the duo combined for just 2 goals and 5 assists.

"San Jose is a good defensive team, you wouldn't make it to the conference finals if you weren't," Henrik said. "It's just one of those things where (San Jose) wants to play hockey too, they want to create chances and sometimes that opens up things a little bit the other way."

Added linemate Alexandre Burrows "Obviously we didn't get as many bounces going our way against Nashville. They played maybe a little bit tighter systems especially against our line having five guys back all the time and really putting a lot of pressure on us, but now it's a little bit more open out there."

Combined the Sedins now have 3 goals and 7 points in the two games – the Sharks collectively have just 5 and 13.

"It's like anything else, right now they seem to be able to get things off the rush and sometimes it's their cycling," coach Alain Vigneault said. "It's paying off for our team. You can never question that whole line: Hank, Danny and Burr. You can never question their work ethic and how they come to play."

The Canucks top power-play unit, which includes the Sedins and Ryan Kesler, has started clicking as well. Through the first two rounds, the twins had just 3 points on the power play; in two games against the Sharks, Daniel and Henrik have combined for 3 points and the power play is 4-for-11.

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