NWSB Picks: The weekly Vancouver Canucks three stars

Top Canucks from April 1st to 7th

The Vancouver Canucks bounced back from a few sloppy games to play a solid three last week. The first game of the week, against the Sharks, didn’t start well at all; however, the boys fought back like we are certainly not used to seeing this season.

The result was a loss, but it sparked the team in a different way. It showed their resilience for a change, and sent a message that they won’t just roll over and die once down in a contest. That made us fans very happy, despite the losing effort.

The two games to follow saw the Canucks‘ sticks get red hot—another thing we haven’t seen a lot of this year. Lots of scoring from a variety of players, as well as the usual suspects.

It’s reassuring to see Vancouver with some pep in its step heading into the final stretch of this season. As we all know, it’s not the best team in the playoffs that wins the cup, it’s the team that gets the hottest.

Here are the top three performers for the Canucks from last week’s action.

 Third star – Daniel Sedin

It’s been a relatively quiet season for the twins on the score sheet. Maybe it’s due to the lockout, or the goalie controversy or the constantly shifting lines. Or maybe this is the Sedins beginning to wind down their careers. I hope that’s not the case, but only time will tell.

Daniel Sedin is still a great scoring threat anytime he’s on the ice, no matter what his stats for the season look like. This past week it was his passing and play making that made the difference.

Dank finished the three game week with four assists. As fun as it is to see him score, it’s just as exciting when he sets up a fellow teammate for the score.

It's been a good week in Vancouver (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)

It’s been a good week in Vancouver (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)

Second star – Chris Higgins

More often than not in professional sports, there comes a curse with handing a player a big contract extension. Teams reward their star players with a big payday, and then—as if on cue—that player’s stats seem to plummet or they get bit by the injury bug.

Chris Higgins‘ contract isn’t monumental by any means, but it’s significant for a role player like him. Luckily, he isn’t sitting quietly in the corner collecting his money. He’s stepping up and becoming more and more of a focus for the Canucks’ late season push

It’s not surprising coming from Higgins—one of the hardest working players in the organization. It’s nice to see him have success and spread that hard working attitude around the locker room. Higgins managed two goals and an assist last week.

First star – Henrik Sedin

As I mentioned before, the usual suspects contributed substantially in the Canucks’ solid week of play. Captain Henrik Sedin was no exception.

Hank was on fire, registering two goals and three assists en route to a 2-1 record for the team last week. We have come to expect a lot out of the twins over the years, especially Henrik. It’s great to see him deliver on those high expectations.

Of course then there comes the issue of the Sedins not being clutch playoff performers, something we will get a chance to judge in just a few weeks time. Maybe this will finally be the year they come up big when it matters most. One can only hope!

Here is the Vancouver Canucks goal of the week, a beautiful pass from Alex Burrows to Dan Hamhuis who buries it home:


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