Joshua Rey – The shift
The Sedin twins were the masters of the slap pass and the cycle game They dominated so many shifts that there is now a term for it. And it’s called, “Sedinery.”
The Sedins had so many great shifts in their careers, but nothing beats the one that happened on Oct. 13, 2007 against the Edmonton Oilers. Henrik and Daniel were on the power play with Ryan Kesler. The twins led the way with their clear and crisp passing, and it was amazing to watch as the puck moved from tape to tape.
Watching it now, I still can’t believe that they managed to keep the puck in the offensive zone. Just when you thought the Oilers were going to get the puck and clear it, the puck stayed in. Daniel eventually beat Dwayne Roloson for the goal.
The Sedins just knew how to find each other and their linemates. The cycle was put on display during this shift. Simply incredible. Respect was earned.
If someone asks about what the brothers were like, show them a video of “The Shift.” To me, it sums up the magic of Sedinery. I wasn’t a hockey fan at the time, but I remember kids at school talking about “The Shift.”
To this day, I am still amazed by it. It’s one of many perfect plays cooked up by the Sedin twins.
Lucas Celle – Quadruple overtime
It’s Game 1 of the 2007 Western Conference quarterfinals against the Dallas Stars. 4-4 tie. Quadruple overtime. Daniel rings a wrist shot off the post, and the crowd lets out a momentary gasp. The fans thought the game was over right there. They were praying it would be over.
The Canucks netminder at the other end, a 28-year-old Roberto Luongo, must have been praying for the game to be over too. He’s been putting on one the finest goaltending displays in postseason history, a 72-save performance. He’s undoubtedly exhausted. But the play continues.
The twins would keep possession of the puck and keep the pressure on with their patented cycle that fans had learned to adore them for. Henrik loses the puck for a second, but fellow countryman Mattias Ohlund is there to pick it up and rims it hard along the boards down to Daniel. Daniel swoops around from behind the net and lays a gift-wrapped pass into the slot for a streaking Henrik. Henrik redirects the puck in stride, right through the five-hole and that was it! It was over!
Henrik celebrates by slamming his fists passionately into the boards, and rightfully so, as the Vancouver Canucks had just defeated the stars in a 138-minute marathon that would go down for the ages.
The sighs of disbelief from those in attendance had turned into an explosion of pure ecstasy. Just listening to the video, you can hear the thunderous uproar from the crowd. It’s only fitting that the Sedins were the two that connected to end the longest playoff game in Canucks history. They gave the crowd a feeling of pure jubilation that night, as they did on many others in their illustrious careers. It’s one of my personal favourite moments from 22 and 33.
The Sedin twins left a footprint on this franchise. The incredible chemistry and play of these identical twins was truly something special. The Canucks organization is very lucky to have experienced such a rare pleasure, and the fans will forever be grateful for everything they did.