Moral victories are worthless in the Stanley Cup. Luckily, the Vancouver Canucks got the actual victory, too, so Daniel and Henrik Sedin could take some satisfaction Wednesday in their ability to generate scoring chances while playing against dominant defenceman Zdeno Chara. Which, for the twins the last four years, has been like generating fire in the shower. The twins were pointless their last four games against the Boston Bruins, frequently going head-to-head against the six-foot-a-million Chara. Wednesday's 1-0 Canucks win to open the National Hockey League Final made it five pointless games for the Sedins, who took turns winning the last two league scoring titles. But the Sedins and Alex Burrows were dangerous as a line. They created an outstanding scoring chance the first shift of the game against Chara and defence partner Dennis Seidenberg, and finished the game with 10 shots — eight of them by Daniel. This total was skewed by nine-and-a-half minutes of power-play time, but the twins looked far from overwhelmed by Chara and Seidenberg at even strength. "We felt good," Henrik Sedin said. "We're not going to score every game but we looked better than a lot of games when we haven't scored. That's a good sign. "Personally, for our line, I think it was good to feel that Chara's not a monster. I mean, he's good. But you can work him, you can make plays against him. And we didn't shy away from the tough areas. We didn't stop making plays, and I think that was a great sign for us." Seidenberg is an excellent player the way Francois Beauchemin was an excellent player during the Anaheim Ducks' Cup run when he was teamed with Scott Niedermayer, another Norris Trophy winner. But the key to beating Boston is to cope with Chara. Well, he and goalie Tim Thomas, who was brilliant in Game 1.
Canucks' Sedins like their scoring chances against Bruins' towering Chara
Vancouver Sun | Jun 2