This week we could easily do 10 stars
The Canucks had one slightly off game against the Predators, but besides that managed to blow out two inferior teams and end the most impressive streak in the NHL this year.
Without further ado:
First Star: Daniel Sedin
Well this was easy.
Daniel Sedin went off for three goals and five assists, breaking him out of a recent funk (for him) that was pushing him out of the Hart conversation. Now? He has to be high on anyones list. 61 points puts him at eighth in the NHL, while a plus/minus of 21 makes him one of the leagues elite.
Plus, his last second goal to send the Detroit game to overtime was beyond clutch.
If he retired tomorrow, any conversation about great Canucks has to include him.
If he leads them to a Cup in June?
We have to have some serious conversations about how high he goes in the Hall of Fame.
Second Star: Henrik Sedin
This wasn’t actually too challenging either. Henrik Sedin had two goals and six assists, including two absolutely beautiful touches to Daniel against Detroit.
Especially that first goal, where he leapt in the air and then redirected the puck away from the front of the net and towards the waiting stick of Daniel.
Sick, sick stuff.
Only one other player in the league could have pulled that off, and he hasn’t skated in a few months.
Like his brother, Henrik’s legacy for the Canucks is unquestioned, but how high he rises in the Hall hinges on a cup run sometime soon.
Third Star: Canucks Goaltending
This was a tough choice.
One the one hand, not a good performance by Roberto Luongo against Nashville. On the other, they took care of business against Edmonton and Toronto, and Luongo silenced the fans in Detroit.
He seems to be getting hot just when it counts the most, and Cory Schneider hasn’t showed any cracks despite the constant trade rumors surrounding him, and has remained a professional even when many fans are calling for him to start more games.
These two aren’t carrying the team, but you get the impression they could if they needed to.
Canucks HD Goal of the week
He played in his 500th game versus Nashville this week, he also scored for my $ the biggest goal of the season for the Canucks. Mr. Alex Burrows.
Nice move! Bang Bang Bang Bang, Vamanos Vamanos!