But now that Henrik Sedin has heated up, the Canucks just might be unbeatable.
Vancouver grabbed a commanding 3-1 lead on Nashville in its Western Conference semifinal series, and now that Henrik Sedin snapped a four-game point-less everyone in a Canucks sweater is starting to click.
Sedin scored into an empty net and registered two assists, including the assist on Kesler’s go-ahead goal, to earn the TheBruinsBlog.net Star of the Night honor.
Henrik and his brother Daniel Sedin have taken a lot of heat over the last week or so for their lack of production, even as the Canucks have been winning. But as Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun explained, some of the criticism was a total overreaction.
Just a reminder: they are the first brothers in league history to win the Art Ross Trophy in consecutive seasons and could also make it a Hart Trophy double.
But Daniel’s historic scoring title seems so last month. After all, he had gone three games without a point. Henrik’s epic drought was even longer: four games.
We’re not for a second suggesting they’ve been great all playoffs because for a couple of games in the Canucks’ first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks, the brothers were awful and got outplayed by Michael Frolik and someone named Bryan Bickell.
But they have been good against Nashville. The scoresheet just didn’t show it until Game 4.
Now that Henrik Sedin has quieted his critics, his next stop might be the conference finals.
Honorable mention: Ryan Kesler (1-2-3) and Christian Ehrhoff (1-2-3) of Vancouver; Joel Ward (1-1-2) and Cody Franson (1-1-2) of Nashville.
Last night’s score
Vancouver 4, Nashville 2
San Jose at Detroit, 7
Philadelphia at Boston, 8