Fifty-six seconds left. Game 1 of the Western Conference final. In a bind, in a pressure situation, Alain Vigneault called time out. The Vancouver Canucks had been caught without a centerman on an icing call. That meant the coach couldn't put out a player experienced in taking faceoffs for a draw in the defensive zone, with the Canucks clinging to a one-goal lead in the biggest game this city had seen since 1994. What to do? Henrik Sedin had an idea. He was a centerman. He couldn't leave the bench, but his identical twin brother, Daniel, a winger, was on the ice. "Hank turned and looked at me on the bench, and he said, 'Let me switch sweaters with Danny,' " Vigneault said, smiling. "You've got to be quick on your feet to think about things like that. I got a big grin out of that." Daniel – at least I think it was Daniel; it was No. 22, not No. 33 – beat Joe Pavelski on the draw. The Canucks beat the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, 3-2, and everyone in Vancouver got a big grin out of the fact that the Sedins led them to their first third-period comeback victory of the playoffs. For the Canucks to advance to their first Stanley Cup final in 17 years, let alone win the first championship in franchise history, the Sedins must perform more like they did in the regular season. Henrik helped set up the tying goal by chipping the puck up the wall to Alex Burrows, who fed a pinching Kevin Bieksa, who buried a shot from the right circle 7:02 into the third period. Then Henrik scored the winner on the power play just 1:19 later, taking a sweet feed from Christian Ehrhoff in front, stickhandling around goaltender Antti Niemi and shoving a backhand into the open net. "We've all being saying it for quite some time now," Vigneault said. "We need them to produce, to finish some of those great quality chances that they've been getting, and tonight they came up real big for us at a real key time." Daniel called it probably their best game of the playoffs. "When the twins get going like that, they're almost unstoppable," Bieksa said. "They're generating every shift, it seems like. They're getting lots of chances. They could have had three or four tonight, the way they were going. So they're going to be tough to stop." We've all been wondering if someone else switched sweaters with the Sedins. Henrik won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player last season after leading the league in scoring. Daniel is a finalist for the Hart this season after leading the league in scoring. But they had been disappointing through the first two rounds of the playoffs, especially Henrik. Daniel had six goals and 10 points. But Henrik had only one goal – an empty-netter – and nine points. Both had a minus-8 rating, and both had been non-factors too often starting with Game 4 of the first round, when their nemesis, the Chicago Blackhawks' Dave Bolland, returned from a concussion to torment them. Henrik has insisted he is healthy, though many have suspected otherwise.
Sedin brothers finally rise to the occasion
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