Oct 8, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (22) is congratulated by forward Mike Santorelli (25) and forward Henrik Sedin (33) after scoring against New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (not pictured) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Santorelli Promoted to Canucks First Line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin

Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Jannik Hansen were an effective trio on Saturday and Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, but not so much on Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.

They weren’t generating much chances offensively and Canucks head coach John Tortorella decided to make a switch in the second period. Mike Santorelli was put on right wing with the Sedins and Hansen dropped down to second line with Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins.

The move proved successful as the team got goals from Daniel and Alexander Edler in the second period to tie the game—all with Santorelli on the ice.

“Everywhere I put him something happens and I felt Henrik, Danny, and Jannik just wasn’t working,” Tortorella told the media after the game. “Put him up there and I think it immediately starts changing things for them. The other lines starts playing.”

Santorelli then ended up scoring the game winning goal in overtime for the second consecutive game by being at the right place at the right time. He ever so slightly deflected a Jason Garrison point shot past Devils goaltender Cory Schneider.

“[On the] winning goal Mike Santorelli makes the first play in the corner and goes to the net,” Tortorella said. “Right now, everything I do with him, he does great things for us.”

Based on Wednesday’s practice lines, it looks like Santorelli will remain on the top line with the Sedins on Thursday when the Canucks take on the San Jose Sharks.

The other lines were Kesler between Higgins and Hansen, Brad Richardson between David Booth and Dale Weise, and Zac Dalpe between Tom Sestito and Zack Kassian.

The defence pairs were Edler and Kevin Bieksa, Dan Hamhuis and Garrison, Ryan Stanton and Chris Tanev, and Andrew Alberts and Yannick Weber.

Even though Kassian practiced on the fourth line on Wednesday, he will not play against the Sharks. It will be the final game of his five game suspension. Kassian will be eligible to return to the lineup on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

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