Henrik and Daniel Sedin Retirement Game
Before Wednesday nights Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL game at Rogers Arena, there will be a more important event. The Sedin's numbers will be retired to the rafters never to before again by a Vancouver player. It will be a special moment fans have known was coming for a long time. Henrik and Daniel hung up their skates after 2017-2018 despite having 50 and 55 point seasons. They felt it was the right time to leave will they were still considered elite players. And to give way for the new generation of Canucks players who were coming into the mix.
Two small Swedish kids from Ornskodsvik were probably not what Vancouver fans were in the first round. Brian Burke made a series of moves that saw him move up then down to acquire the 2nd and 3rd overall picks in the 1999 NHL entry draft. He selected Daniel and then Henrik and after returning for a year to Sweden they would make their mark in the league. Daniel scored 20 goals in his first season but it was obvious they needed to gain a bit of muscle. The great thing was their ability, playmaking and IQ were already there. They both had breakout seasons in 2005-2006 with Daniel getting 71 points and Henrik getting to the 75 point mark.
The Two had become great hockey players and more importantly people for the Canucks community. They led the team to 12 playoff appearances none more iconic than the 2011 Stanley cup run. Eventually losing to the Bruins in 7 games the Sedin's did everything they could besides get punched in the face. Oh, wait nevermind that happened too. They were a major part of winning in the city and dominated opponents.
They helped change the game with their cycle style of play. I'm sure all of us have a favorite Sedin shift were they control it for a couple of minutes before tiring out the other team and scoring a beautiful goal. They were able to make anyone who played with them instantly better and rose the level of commitment by the team off the ice with their work ethic.
Daniel Sedin had his best season in 2010-2011 when he scored 41 goals and had 104 points to capture the Art Ross Trophy. He was also voted MVP by his peers and received the Ted Lindsay Award as well that year. Daniel finished his career, all with Vancouver, with 1306 games played, 393 goals, 648 assists, and 1041 points. He also added another 71 points in 102 playoff games. Henrik had his best season the year before in 2009-2010. He won the Hart and Art Ross with 29 goals and 83 assists for 112 points. And he was the Canucks Captain for many years. Henrik received the King Clancy Memorial Trophy once in 2015-2016 and again in 2017-2018 along with his brother Daniel.
That went to show all the work they have done with the Children's Hospital, and Canucks Place. As well as helping loads of other charities all around the city and being great role models for children looking up to them. The Sedin's were the perfect example of a hockey player. Work hard and make sure you take care of those around you. They will be surrounded by Canuck greats and former players including, Ryan Kesler, Trevor Linden, Roberto Luongo, Kevin Bieksa, and Alex Burrows to name a few. Things got underway at 6:00 pm Wednesday night from Rogers Arena Before the Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL game.
John Shorthouse was great as the host for the event and Canucks fans were happy to see everyone. Even Ryan Kesler who got a rousing ovation when he was announced. It was a truly amazing night and Kevin Bieksa might have stolen the show with his great speech. He was honest and funny and no one was off target, not even Daniels Candy addiction or Burrows accent. Canucks truly honored two legends properly. How would they do on the ice in Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL.
Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL Game Tonight Too!
There also happened to be a game tonight for the Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL. Vancouver came into Wednesday night game still tops in the Pacific Division with 67 points. Good enough for 4th in the Western Conference but only 9 points up on the 12th place Blackhawks. That's how tight the West playoff race was this season. Not to mention the Pacific division was first to fifth is separated by only 3 points. A win would go well for either team tonight, Vancouver should have the adrenaline at an all-time high after the retirement Ceremony.
Vancouver is coming off the start to Sedin week Monday night with a 6-2 win against the Nashville Predators. After a Ceremony that honored Linden, Stan Smyl and Markus Nasland the Canucks came out firing with 3 goals in the first period on 15 shots against Pekka Rinne. Zack MacEwen and Justin Bailey both saw back into the line-up. MacEwen opened the scoring and then Brandon Sutter tipped in a beautiful Elias Pettersson feed into the net on the Powerplay. Jordie Benn would score his first of the season on a seeing eye-shot and the second period was saved by Jacob Markstrom. After a goal assisted off Pettersson's rear, then off Tanner Pearson Rinne was pulled for Juuse Saros.
This seemed to spark the Predators as they came back with 2 goals. And would have been more if not for Markstrom making a couple of great saves on a breakaway and a two on one. Nashville had no answer besides the two goals and the Canucks were able to seal it with two more in the third period. Jake Virtanen scored his career-high 16th of the season on the powerplay. Vancouver has scored 10 powerplay goals against the Predators in three games this year. Markstrom made 36 saves on 38 shots and will get the start for the Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL.
Chicago is coming off 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night and will have no time to rest. Bradon Saad and Jonathon Toews each scored in the first period but it wasn't enough to stop Leon Draisaitl and his 4 point night. Robin Lehner made 26 saves in the loss on 30 shots and will get the night off for the Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL. Corey Crawford will start Wednesday night, he has been alright with .912 save percentage but only 10 wins on the season in 27 starts. Chicago will need a solid performance in net after Vancouver seemed to find there scoring touch.
For the Blackhawks Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane and Toews shouldn't need extra motivation. They were all on the Chicago team that lost to Vancouver in 2011. The fans even got extra loud with the Boo's when Keith's name was mentioned by the Sedins in their retirement speech. Also, the fact they have lost 4 straight and a win would go along way in their playoff push. Needless to say, it should be a great game Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL from Rogers Arena.
Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL First Period
It wasn't the start that Vancouver would have wanted. They look slow and sluggish, like a team that had just watched an emotional Retirement Ceremony that also happened to push the normal start time back 30 minutes. Chicago came out much better prepared and got the first powerplay when Tyler Myers had to break up a rush with a hooking penalty on Olli Maatta. Chicago wasn't able to score on the powerplay in part to the solid net-minding by Markstrom. The Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL wouldn't get their first shot until eight and a half minutes in.
Shots were 13-1 for the away team at that point when Vancouver started getting their legs. Crawford was able to turn aside Quinn Hughes and then pounce on the puck before Antione Roussel could get the rebound. The teams went back and forth for the next 4 or 5 minutes. The Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL were getting the better of the chances. It was after a failed rush up ice that Chicago looked to take the 1-0 lead. Patrick Kane rushed in on the 3 on 1 and his shot was saved by Markstrom. Kane followed up the rebound and both the puck and Brandon Saad ended up in the net. The referee immediately waved the goal off but Chicago's coach was not happy.
Jeremy Colliton decided to challenge the call but was unsuccessful. Chicago would not be up 1-0 and be a man down after the failed challenge. The Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL keep there hot powerplay going from Monday against Nashville. After some nice puck works down low by J.T. Miller and Sutter they were able to find Horvat in the slot who fired it past Crawford for the 1-0 lead 15:33 into the first. How fighting for the new Captain to score the opening goal with the former captains in the building.
Vancouver would hold off the Chicago for the rest of the period with the help of Markstrom. He stopped all 17 shots he saw in the first period and with how the ice was tilted the game should not have been 1-0 for the Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL after that effort. Vancouver was once again hanging out their goalie with only 7 shots. The Fans were getting into the game lots and making sure to boo Duncan Keith whenever he touched the puck.
Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL Doubled The Lead
The Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL would give the road team a chance early in the period to get back into the game. Zack MacEwen was covering for the pinching defenceman and had to try and deal with Patrick Kane. He was forced to grab around him and was given the two-minute penalty. Chicago was able to set up and get some nice zone time but was only able to get two shots. They had a good chance right after the powerplay ended when Kirby Dach was stopped by Markstrom with a snow angle save.
It seemed to motivate Vancouver as they were able to get some possession. A big hit along the boards by Jordie Benn was able to keep the puck in the zone, he found Sutter down low. Sutter who was having probably his best game all season passed it again in front to Roussel. Instead of shooting from the slot he passed it to the side where Adam Gaudette was waiting to put it into the empty net and give us all that celebration we wanted. It was Gaudettes 10th goal of the year and the 6th Canuck this year to hit double-digit goals.
Brandon Sutter would take a delay of game penalty for clearing it over the glass. The Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL would turn to their goalie Markstrom to weather the storm. He was able to make key saves on Toews and Dominik Kubalik and robbed Zack Smith twice in close. Less than halfway through the game and Chicago was up to 27 shots. Each one turned aside by Swedish Goalie Jacob Markstrom. Vancouver would eventually kill off the powerplay and get a chance on the rush but the weak shot couldn't beat Crawford.
Roussel looked to get winded momentarily for the Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL but was back out quickly. Things were getting a bit chirpy as well. Tanner Pearson didn't like a Drake Caggiula hit and the two would drop the gloves. It wasn't a very exciting fight as they wrestled down to the ground rather quickly. Vancouver got one of their only other chances of the period when Pettersson was sent in alone on a breakaway. He tried to go 5-hole but Crawford was equal to the task and it would stay 2-0 Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL. Vancouver would keep the pressure on for the second half of the period.
After some good shifts in the Chicago zone Vancouver would be rewarded with their own powerplay. Kirby Dach took a tripping call on Myers at 13:32 and the Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL had their third powerplay and a chance to build on the lead. They only had one real chance off a Sutter tip but Chicago was quick to get to the loose pucks and clear them down the ice. The Blackhawks would finish the period again as the hungrier team as they got 16 more shots on Markstrom in the second. But They still couldn't get anything past him and Vancouver had the 2-0 lead going into the final frame.
Markstrom, Markstrom, Markstrom And The Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL
The third period started off how the second had ended for the Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL. Feisty stuff and Markstrom coming up huge. Adam Gaudette picked an interesting time 1:28 into the period to slash Connor Murphy and then drop the gloves for his first NHL fight. He was given an extra 2 minutes for the slash cue Markstrom. He was forced to make several more saves and got some help from his crossbar off a Kane shot. 5 minutes into the period and Vancouver didn't have a shot while Chicago had tested Markstrom 6 times. The Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL would get a bit of a break from the pressure.
Toews was given a soft hooking call on Quinn Hughes that seemed to be a makeup call for one earlier missed. Vancouver wasn't able to manage any shots on Crawford and there first two shots didn't come until two Alex Edler clears from his own end. The Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL were able to clog up the neutral zone and keep things in the middle of the ice for the next 5 or 6 minutes. But at 12:07 Myers took a slashing call on Dylan Strome which sent Chicago on their 5th powerplay. Vancouver and Markstrom were able to kill off the powerplay with some good work by Miller and Loui Eriksson to clear pucks.
It was a fast-moving period that suited Vancouver fine and Markstrom continued to come up big. The Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL had a great chance when Pettersson and Jake Virtanen skated in on a 2 on 1 but Shot Gun Jake was stopped by Crawford. It was the first real shot of the period for the home team who were being outshot 10-3. Chicago would continue to press and pulled the goalie with just under 3 minutes to go. Patrick Kane got one more shot to beat Markstrom but was denied. Brandon Sutter was rewarded for his great game with a great curling weight goal into the empty net.
It wasn't a pretty win for the Canucks vs Blackhawks NHL on the Sedin Retirement game. But they got the two points and that's all that matters. Markstrom was outstanding making a franchise-record 49 save shutout in the win. Vancouver will continue the Sedin week with Legacy night Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks. While the Blackhawks will head to Calgary to finish off their west road trip against the Flames.
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