The Vancouver Canucks say Henrik Sedin is not injured. Head coach Alain Vigneault said it on Wednesday. Linemate Alex Burrows repeated it. The ubiquitous sources close to the team say he's healthy. And Henrik could be seen walking without a limp. So take that for what it's worth. The pictures from Game 3 suggested the Canucks' captain is suffering from some manner of groin, hip, core malady which is hampering his skating. Maybe that's the case. Maybe it isn't. But the real point is this: For Canucks' fans, it's to the point where they hope the NHL's reigning Hart Trophy winner is injured, because that would at least explain his performance. As it is, they're left to contemplate a slump that has turned into the Mariana Trench for the Sedin twins and has become the one cloud in an otherwise sunny sky for the Canucks. "At the pressure moment on the power-play [in overtime of Game 3], they went out and established the set-up that led to the game-winning goal [by Ryan Kesler)]" said Burrows. "I'm not worried about them." There are others, however, who are more than willing to pick up the slack for Burrows. In the Canucks' 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday night, the twins played their most visible game of the Western Conference semifinal. Daniel directed seven shots at Preds goalie Pekka Rinne. He also drew an assist on Ryan Kesler's opening goal, and both players, as Burrows mentioned, were on the ice for Kesler's game-winner. That was the good news. The bad news? They both ended up minus-2 and were defending when Joel Ward tied the game for Nashville late in the third period. Henrik was also held off the scoresheet again, and Daniel's goal-less streak stretched to four games. This, we remind you, was their best game of the series. Now, we'd love to tell you what Henrik and Daniel had to say about their play, but they weren't made available to the media on Wednesday. The Canucks say they weren't being protected and there's no conspiracy of silence. They were just given a day off, and the twins, who are among the most accommodating players in the league, have certainly earned that right.
The Sedins must produce, or you can kiss the dream goodbye
Vancouver Province | May 5