| Nothing seems to fuel the Sedin twin-turbo engine like a healthy dose of Alberta oil.
Including Saturday night, the twins have combined for 31 points in their last 10 games versus the Oilers (eight last season, and two this year). In the most recent installment of the Oilers vs Sedins, Daniel scored two goals while Henrik had three helpers.
“They’re fun to play against – it’s always a big rivalry and they’re a divisional opponent too,” says Danny. It’s easy to see why playing against Edmonton would be fun – each twin can almost expect a multi-point night.
“They play a faster kind of hockey, and maybe with a little bit more room,” said Hank. “They come hard at us down in the corners, and if you’re able to spin off checks, that gives a lot of room to make plays.”
“We play them a lot more,” said Danny. “I mean, we play them eight times every year, so you start to take advantage of the things they do.”
The Sedins’ exploitation of the Oil was exemplified in the second period when they played a shift for two minutes and fifteen seconds.
They spent two minutes on the power play – which was entirely in the Oilers’ zone – and finally bested Dwayne Roloson after playing 15 seconds of even strength.
“I thought it was a phenomenal shift from the five guys on the ice,” said Alain Vigneault. “For them to score that goal was a great, great, great shift. One of the best ones I’ve seen this year.” Mattias Ohlund, Lukas Krajicek, and Ryan Kesler were the other three players helping the Sedins for the monster shift.
And if it hadn’t ended in a goal, they could have kept going. “As long as you have the puck, you don’t get tired,” said Danny. And he didn’t envy the Oilers’ penalty killers. “I wouldn’t want to be on the PK.”
The Sedins are known for the ability to have long shifts in the offensive zone (though a 2:15 shift is certainly rare) since they’re one of the best in the league at cycling the puck. But this shift was more than just keeping the puck on the perimeter.
“We didn’t just keep it on the outside. We had a lot of shots, hit the post a couple times, had a lot of chances,” said Hank.
“You always want to shoot the puck. The more you shoot, the more chance you’re have to see the puck go in the net,” Danny said about the big shift. “We seemed to get all the rebounds back.”
The fans could hardly contain themselves after the Sedins generated chance after chance after chance.
The longer the shift went, the louder the crowd got, until they finally blew the roof off when the shift culminated in a Vancouver staple: Goal – Daniel Sedin, assist – Henrik Sedin.
You can bet that the twins have November 14th circled on their calendar. That’s the next time they’ll meet up with the Oilers.
And if history is any indication, they’ll be adding to their point total. As for Oilers’ goalies Mathieu Garon and Dwayne Roloson, they’ll probably play rock/paper/scissors to see who gets to be the lucky one to ride the pine that night.
31 – combined points for the Sedins in their last 10 games against the Oilers
80 – per cent of games this season the Canucks have been outshot
3 – wins against division rivals this season so far, and no losses
5 – seconds before a fight broke out
1st – home win this season
Just 22 shots, but the huge range of chances generated was a definite positive for the Canucks.
The three biggest producers from last year – Hank, Danny, and Naslund – all had multi-point nights.
With Luongo as the last line of defense, the back end always looks pretty good.
But the Canucks’ still aren’t playing the exemplary shut-down style D that they played last year, giving up 29 shots Saturday.
The power play continued to fire on all cylinders, going 1-for-5. But that stat doesn’t do it justice. It had a load of chances and created the pressure that led to the Canucks’ second goal.
The short-hander the Oilers got left the lone black spot on the Canucks’ man-advantage. Their PK was a perfect 5-for-5.