Canucks Report: A star, a trophy and a return to action
A STAR, A TROPHY AND A RETURN TO ACTION
By Nolan Kelly
Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin has been named the National Hockey League’s second star of the month for March. Sedin is joined by Anaheim’s Corey Perry (first star) and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne (third star) as the NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the month.
Sedin tied for the League lead in points with 21 (nine goals, 12 assists) in 15 games, helping the Canucks (52-17-9) clinch the Presidents' Trophy as the team with the best record in the regular season. Sedin recorded points in 12 games and goals in nine, including three game-winning goals (Mar. 5 vs. Los Angeles, Mar. 12 vs. Calgary and Mar. 23 vs. Detroit). He recorded seven multiple-point games, highlighted by three-point efforts against Phoenix (Mar. 8) and Calgary (Mar. 12).
Sedin leads the NHL in scoring with 100 points (41 goals, 59 assists) and is tied with Corey Perry and Alex Ovechkin for the League lead in game-winning goals (10).
CANUCKS RECALL SAUVE
Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that defenseman Yann Sauve has been recalled from the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.
Sauve will play in tomorrow night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers in place of injured defenseman Chris Tanev, who is day-to-day with an upper body injury.
Sauve, 21, has appeared in 37 games for the Moose this season, recording 12 points (3-9-12) and 19 penalty minutes in his rookie AHL season. He has played in three games with the Canucks, registering an even plus/minus rating and six hits.
The 6’3”, 220 lbs., native of Montreal, Quebec was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks.
The 2010-11 Canucks captured the franchise’s first Presidents trophy in their 40 year history last night with a win over the Los Angeles Kings.
“We worked our butts off for six months to win the President’s trophy, and for maybe 24 hours we’ll be happy, but come tomorrow it’s going to be business as usual,” said Coach Vigneault.
With four games left to play, and first place in the NHL clinched, the team’s focus must now shift towards preparing for the second season, which begins in two weeks.
“We know that this group, as coaches and players, we’re not going to be judged by what we did in the regular season, we’re going to be judged by what we do in the playoffs.”
“As far as I know we’ve only played 78, we’ve only got four more and were going to play them well and we’re going to play them hard.”
INJURED DEFENSEMEN RETURN
Alex Edler and Andrew Alberts skated with the team today for the first time since each suffered their respective injuries.
Both defensemen are pain free, and hoping to get back into the lineup before playoffs.
“Its’ important to get back into those games situations by working on it in practice, and be on the ice as much as possible,” said Edler.
“Today felt really good, we’ll see how it feels here this next week, it would be great if I could do that (play before the playoffs) but I’m not going to push it or risk anything.”
Alberts, who has been out since February 14th with a fractured wrist was also encouraged.
“Today was a good test for me today, just working with Eddie and the skills coach, it’s tough to get some solid bumps in there, but I felt fine and we’ll see how it responds when I get here tomorrow,” said Alberts.
“I’d like to get back before playoffs, but that’s something I have to talk to the coaches and trainers about.”
“It’s like getting a trade, getting two healthy bodies back, and two great defensemen, so it’s really good,” said Daniel Sedin.
LINEUP NOTES VS. OILERS
Coach Alain Vigneault liked was he saw from the 3rd line and will continue the Mason Raymond at centre experiment for at least another game.
“I thought that line was the most affective its been in a long time,” said Coach Vigneault. “When you saw Jannik Hansen on the ice, you noticed him, you noticed Raffi Torres, they created some scoring chances and I like that speed element, so we’re going to try it again tomorrow,”