The Goods: Decisive Daniel
Keep calm and Sedin on.
The Vancouver Canucks fell flat on their face skating onto the ice to face the Calgary Flames Saturday night at the Saddledome as the Flames held a 2-0 lead 3:32 into the game scoring goals one minute and 18 seconds apart.
In years past, that might have sank Vancouver, but not these Canucks, not with these Sedins.
Daniel Sedin scored two goals, including the game-winner, his career-high 37th, and added an assist, while Henrik collected a pair of helpers, the first inducting him into the 500 assist club, as the Canucks improved to 4-0-1 against the Flames this season with a 4-3 win.
The victory closes out a five-game road trip with five wins for the first time since January, 1992, gives the Canucks their second five-game road winning streak of the season and moves Vancouver to 99 points, one back of its third consecutive 100-plus point season and the seventh in team history.
Against the Flames, the Canucks mirrored the twins by refusing to panic and instead approaching the task at hand with quiet confidence. Vancouver came into the game having won only once when trailing after 20 minutes, but with the aforementioned mentality at play, it was only a matter of time before the Canucks clawed their way back from a 2-1 deficit early on.
Over the final 40 minutes the Canucks outscored the Flames 3-1 and outshot them 20-16, but more importantly, they cut out the mistakes that plagued them early on.
“I know we’ve had some problems with that,” Daniel Sedin said of the rough start. “I don’t know if it’s bad luck or something, we try to play the same way for three periods and tonight was a bit off.”
The comeback was far from off as Vancouver utilized two of its staples to get the job done going 2-for-2 on the power play, while not allowing any special teams goals in two Calgary opportunities.
The Sedins took care of the rest.
With three points versus the Flames, Daniel Sedin is now five ahead of Steven Stamkos in league scoring. Daniel has five goals and five assists during a five game point streak to give him a league-leading 50 road points and career-high 89, and Henrik is right there with him having amassed one goal and eight assists in five outings.
Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows scored the other Canucks goals on a night when four players had multi-point games, including Christian Ehrhoff, who matched a career-high with three assists.
Accountability is a word Daniel Sedin used in his post-game interview to describe why things have been going so well for the Canucks, a team eight points ahead of anyone in the league.
“I think that’s been a key the whole year, we’ve had a few players only meetings and we’re not afraid to bring things up,” said Daniel. “When you get to that point when you’re not afraid to talk to each other about mistakes, and good things too, that’s when you can become a championship team.”
Ryan Kesler has been showing up everywhere of late and that finally includes the scoresheet.
Despite giving new meaning to bombing an interview by Kes-Lurking in the back of teammates interviews of late, Kesler was riding an 11-game goalless drought going into Saturday night’s tilt with the Flames.
Midway through the first period with the Canucks on the power play, Kesler ripped a shot from outside the right faceoff circle that eluded Miikka Kiprusoff and brought more joy to Kesler than any interview bomb.
His 34th goal of the season was his first special teams marker since January 24th; he also added an assist on the night in his first multi-point effort in 11 games.
Kesler is no stranger to dousing the Flames as his 25 career points (11-14-25) in 41 games is second to only 26 points (7-19-26) against the Edmonton Oilers in two less outings. There’s nowhere Kesler likes to play more than the Saddledome though as he now has 13 points (6-7-13) in 20 games in Calgary.
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Vancouver has gone 8-2-0 in its last 10 road games, allowing 19 goals; Henrik Sedin has seven goals and 10 assists in a 12-game point streak versus Calgary; the Canucks haven’t had two five-game winning streaks in the same year since 2001-02, the longest winning streak away from home in franchise history is eight games.