Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Henrik and Daniel Sedin combined for a beautiful game-winning overtime goal against Ottawa Tuesday – and it's no coincidence the Canucks' surge in the standings is happening at the same time as the twins' resurgence on offense.
Don't look now, but the best team in the west is the Vancouver Canucks, who beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in overtime Tuesday to improve their record to 12-5-0 and claim sole possession of top spot in the Western Conference. So look now at the reason they were able to do so: a terrific pass-and-convert game-winning goal between Canucks stars Henrik and Daniel Sedin:
Vancouver had blown three leads during the game at Rogers Arena, but escaped with a win 54 seconds before the shootout thanks to a nifty deke Henrik Sedin put on Sens forward Clarke MacArthur followed by a brilliant cross-ice pass he made to brother Daniel Sedin, who instantly fired the puck just inside the post past goalie Craig Anderson for Vancouver's eighth win in their past 10 games:
It's no coincidence the Canucks' current success is happening at the same time the Sedins are both on an approximate point-per-game pace after suffering a prolonged slump in the 2013-14 campaign. If Vancouver is going to continue to lead the pack in the Pacific Division – or make the playoffs in their highly-competitive conference, for that matter – they can't have Nick Bonino or Chris Higgins doing the heavy lifting on offense. It's going to have to be the twins who do it.
So far, so good. Emphasis on so.