Like a neighbour away when the tornado whipped through the trailer park, Henrik Sedin has returned from injury to do what he can for the Vancouver Canucks. There isn’t much, except to help support the survivors. The Canuck captain returned to practice Wednesday, the morning after a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers demolished the last mobile home still standing in Vancouver’s debris-strewn National Hockey League season. The team, which can’t be mathematically eliminated until at least Saturday’s home game against the Los Angeles Kings, will miss the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2008. With five games left, it’s possible both Henrik (46 points) and Daniel Sedin (43) will finish with fewer than 50 points for the first time since 2002-03. Vancouver will probably fail to score 200 goals in a full season for the first time since 1998-99, which began with a new general manager and ended with a new coach. It took the Canucks three months to ruin this season, but the most destructive two periods were the third week of January and first week of March. In a span of four days in January, the Canucks were destroyed 9-1 by the Anaheim Ducks, lost centres Hank Sedin and Mike Santorelli to Martin (The Mauler) Hanzal in a 1-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, and saw coach John Tortorelli go cuckoo-for-cocoa-puffs and storm the Calgary Flames’ dressing room, earning a six-game suspension as his team was tipping into the abyss. During their last good chance to salvage their season in March, the Canucks blew a two-goal lead and lost 4-2 to the Ottawa Senators in the Heritage Classic, were apparently traumatized by the shock trade of Roberto Luongo and lost another emotionless 1-0 decision in Phoenix, then failed utterly to show up in a 6-1 loss to the Dallas Stars. The Coyotes and Stars are still fighting for the final playoff spot. Henrik Sedin hasn’t been the same since Hanzal’s cross-check — Santorelli never came back at all — and Daniel Sedin’s hamstring injury against Ottawa meant he wasn’t around for hell week in March.
Canucks' Henrik Sedin hints at 'reasons' for poor season
Vancouver Sun | Apr 3