The Sedins got more opportunity in Game 1 against the Sharks and they've also carved themselves some emotional breathing room after taking some serious flak for firing blanks in the previous series with Nashville.
Daniel and Henrik, along with linemate Alex Burrows were able to crank up some strong shifts in the San Jose end in Sunday's 3-2 win. The best part of it may have been Henrik's sweet move on Antti Niemi, outwaiting the Sharks' goalie down low and tucking in a backhander for a third period power play goal that stood up as the winner.
Henrik, who along with his twin brother is in his 10th season in Vancouver, said he thinks the current group has evolved past the being affected by outside crticism.
"I think as a team we've all been her for a number of years and we've all gone through the bad things about playing in a market like this, with all the pressure, the media coverage, the criticism," said Henrik, following the Canucks' practice at UBC on Tuesday. "So I think this year we've taken another step in the way that we really don't care what the outside says or thinks. It's about the guys in the dressing room. That feeling is a big difference from before. The outside pressure has been tough to bear on our shoulders, but this year everyone has been through it, we know how to handle it."
Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo has faced his share of criticism in the playoffs, so he appreciates the Sedins' demeanor.
"They always seem even keel, no matter what's going on," said Luongo. "It's great to see that in the locker room. It's important, you don't want guys moping around because it tends to bring other guys down. They seem unaffected, which is a great way to handle it."
In what shapes up as a more north-south series with the Sharks – as opposed to the tight-checking six games with the Predators – Danny and Hank should get more opportunities to perform. Of course, that's going to be key to the Canucks, who can't expect a goal every game from their third line – as they got in Game 1.
Sedins' resurgence welcome to all — but they weren't listening to the critics
Vancouver Province | May 18