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Top Canucks from March 25-31st

It was (another) up and down week for the Vancouver Canucks. The routine we are all too accustomed to seeing this season reared its’ ugly head last week as the Canucks showed signs of greatness, and of absolute garbage.

It’s almost baffling  how a team can play such solid hockey one night, and days later forget how to play defense or make a proper pass.

Goaltending was certainly not helping anything in their embarrassing loss to the Oilers, but you have to look at the team as a whole. The D was non existent, and goals just are just not being produced by this once high powered offense.

It’s nice to see some of the boys still playing hard though, and here are the top three from the past week.

 Third star – Alexandre Burrows

Although he only has 20 points so far this season, Alex Burrows has been contributing with energy and effort. Those are attributes you wouldn’t likely pair with the Canucks team right now, but Burrows seems to always play with that chip on his shoulder that we all wish would rub off on the other guys in the locker room.

Last week the Quebec native notched a goal and an assist. I’m not personally a big fan of number 14, but I certainly respect his talent and tenacity, and that is why he makes an appearance on this list.

2012 NHL All Star Game

Understatement: The Sedins have had a slow start to the season

 Second star – Daniel Sedin

The Sedins had a slow start to the season, then got real hot and have since leveled off at a decent point pace. They certainly aren’t among league leaders in any major category, which is somewhat disappointing for fans.

But they are still our best players, thus why they often grace this list.

Daniel Sedin is definitely a true scorer when he is on his game. He should have more goals than he does at this point, but he managed a pretty one last week to accompany an assist.

Let’s hope he can get hot at the tail end of the season and stay hot into the playoffs.

First star – Henrik Sedin

Who else? Henrik Sedin is the captain and the best player on the team. Hank, like brother Dank, is not putting up the point totals he is capable of, but he is still playing consistent and keeping his line mates involved with his creative passing and stick handling. Henrik registered a goal and an assist last week.

Again, not sizzling numbers by any means, but he is consistently performing better than any other Canuck. The question still looms about the twins, will they win a cup before they retire?

This year could be their last shot at it as the Canucks will likely begin a rebuilding process in the near future.

Hopefully the captain can lead us deeper than last season’s playoff run.

Overall, it was an unsatisfactory week for the boys in blue.

Things will certainly not be any easier in the final stretch of games this season, so here’s hoping they sharpen up those skates and get down to business.

Here is the Canucks goal of the week thanks to Daniel Sedin‘s sharp wrist shot:


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