It was quite the weekend for the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks.

Not only did they somehow manage to regain the lead in the Conference in their 79th game of this bizarrely successful season, they had a number of other things go wonderfully well, first and foremost the news Friday night that Henrik Sedin is indeed alive and well and still decidely capable of making plays in this league.

Not only did the captain come up with five points in the two games in the twin bill at Rogers Arena, he looked like himself, strong on the puck, beating people with deft little skill moves, battling and staying on his feet despite plenty of attention from the opposition. It was a sight for Canuck fans to savor after watching the morass which had beset he and his brother in March, but in fact Henrik looked as strong as he ever has in a Vancouver uniform in these two games. What that means is anyone's guess.

"I feel great, I'm on the puck, making plays, trying to beat guys and the team is going well," said Henrik, who assisted on both regulation goals Saturday night after his three points Friday. "I've changed my mind set, I feel as though I don't have to score on every shift, that we can take care of things defensively and our chances will come and we can score when they do come."