Struggles in Boston have Sedins looking for answers

Henrik and Daniel Sedin continued to struggle Wednesday night, as they combined for just four shots on goal in a 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Thursday, 09.06.2011 / 4:43 PM / Features
By Dave Lozo
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Struggles in Boston have Sedins looking for answers
Henrik and Daniel Sedin continued to struggle Wednesday night, as they combined for just four shots on goal in a 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Aside from a goal and an assist during a 10:24 span of Game 2, the Sedins have been non-factors for the Vancouver Canucks during the Stanley Cup Final.

Daniel Sedin scored a game-tying goal in the third period and assisted on the game-winner from Alexandre Burrows in Game 2, but those are the only points the twins have in this series. The Sedins are a combined minus-3 in four games and mustered a mere six shots in the two losses at TD Garden.

In Wednesday's 4-0 loss in Game 4, they were held to four shots mostly by the Bruins defensive duo of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg. When the defensemen weren't smothering last year's Hart Trophy winner (Henrik) and a favorite to the win the award this season (Daniel), goaltender Tim Thomas was there to shut the door.

The Canucks have just five goals in the series. If they don't receive secondary scoring from the lines centered by Ryan Kesler (1 assist in the series) and Maxim Lapierre (his line scored late in Game 3), the Canucks will be in deep trouble.

Can the Canucks win this series, which is tied at 2-2 after Boston's 4-0 win in Wednesday's Game 4, if the Sedins don't find their scoring touch?

"You know what? It's playoff hockey. You find ways to win," goaltender Roberto Luongo said. "Everybody chips in at different times. That's how we've won all year long and in the playoffs. It's not always the same line that has to produce. We have guys chipping in on different lines and finding ways to get the job done. Even if we have to win the game 1-0 like we did in Game 1, if that's what it takes, that's what we'll do. There's not a particular line that has to produce more than others."

Kevin Bieksa echoed Luongo's feelings and included Burrows in the discussion. Although Burrows has two goals and an assist in the series, they all came in Game 2.

"We have one goal in two games, so I don't know how you hang that on just three guys," Bieksa said. "It's the whole team. You can say the first three lines and all of our defensemen. We chip in by committee. Sure they are great players, the twins and Burr, and we rely on them a lot, but at this time of the year you need contributions from everyone.

"They're making stuff happen and battling as hard as they can. Yeah they're playing against two pretty good defensemen and they need to chip in, but so does everybody else."

It's a nice sentiment, but when two players, who just happened to combined for 198 points in the regular season, have just two in the Stanley Cup Final, it's a big burden on the rest of the team.

Despite the lack of production, both Henrik and Daniel feel their games have been pretty good for the most part. It's figuring out how to score on Thomas that has been the problem.

"Our last game wasn't good enough, but tonight I thought we had enough chances," Henrik said. "We have to solve Thomas. That's the thing. We have to keep working hard. We need bounces. We're looking forward to the next game. We still have home-ice and that's good for us."

"When they get the lead, they're very good," Daniel said. "We made a push. But Thomas stood tall. It's tough."

The belief from the Sedins is if they stick with their plan, pucks that have been coming to rest in the crease for Thomas to cover will start finding the back of the net.

Coach Alain Vigneault agrees.

"They're fired up. They're playing for the Stanley Cup," Vigneault said. "They spent a lot of time in the other team's end tonight with no results to show at the end.  But it's not from lack of effort, not from lack of playing the right way. (The Bruins) did a good job. You got to give that team credit. They're playing a smart game."