Quick Swing East
By John Shorthouse
It was a long way to go for only two games but after a pair of wins it certainly felt worth it, as the Canucks returned home after knocking off both the Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.
And with the results came two more make-believe feathers for Mattias Ohlund's imaginary cap. That's three feathers in three games for the Canucks' blueline workhorse, who earned his first last Friday against Ottawa for his stellar work in holding the Heatley, Alfredsson, Spezza unit off the scoresheet. His second came Tuesday in New York where Ohlund was a plus-three and Jaromir Jagr a minus-two. Then Thursday in Philadelphia Peter Forsberg was the latest high-scoring superstar to be neutralized by the Canucks and specifically by Ohlund.
That's five of the top nine scorers in the NHL this season, with not a single point earned against Vancouver.
Hopefully accomplishments like these will help Ohlund get the recognition around the league he deserves.
ON THE TOWN
Ohlund wasn't just great ON the ice this road trip. He, along with Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Canucks' PR man TC Carling made some hay away from the rink as well.
Monday in New York they were in the ninth row at the Ed Sullivan Theater for the taping of Friday's Late Show with David Letterman (in fact, if you read this in time you can watch Friday's show and catch a glimpse of Daniel while Dave interviews another member of the audience. Or was it Henrik?). The marquee guest was Doctor Phil and apparently the show was a blast.
Then Wednesday in Philadelphia the same quartet took in the Sixers-Atlanta Hawks game. It's the second time they've attended an NBA game this year - the twins and a group of others were also on hand for a Lakers-Clippers tilt at Staples Center last month in Los Angeles.
For the record, the Canucks went over 100 goals scored for the season in their 5-4 win over the Flyers. That means they hit the century mark in their 31st game of the season.
Last season it took them 34 games.
Another week, and another move up the ladder for Marc Crawford on the NHL's all-time wins list.
"Crow" moved past Emile Francis and into 18th place with his 389th career win in Philadelphia.
Next up, the late great Fred Shero. Crawford's next win will tie him with the ex-Flyers and Rangers coach for 17th place all-time.
TREVOR THE TERRIFIC
Who says practice doesn't make perfect?
Thursday in Philly, Trevor Linden was on fire at the morning skate. The Canucks' all-time leading scorer was lighting it up at both ends of the rink, firing lasers past both Alex Auld and Maxime Ouellet. "A tallyfest" is how Trevor described it in the dressing room after practice. So, wouldn't you know it, Linden went out and potted his fourth of the year that night against the Flyers.
Good thing too, as he tries to hold off Markus Naslund on the club's all-time goals list. Naslund also scored at the Wachovia Center, to remain 14 goals behind Trevor overall. However Markus is now just one powerplay goal behind Linden, who stands second in that department in Canucks' history.
Linden has scored 91 times with the man advantage in his career in Vancouver. Naslund is third with 90 powerplay goals.
The all-time leader is Tony Tanti, who scored 102 of his 250 goals with his team enjoying an extra attacker.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Daniel Sedin, on the bus after the Philadelphia game, when told that Henrik's three-assist effort had moved him one point ahead of his brother in all time points: "Really? Now I'm feeling kind of down."
He was joking, of course.