Henrik Sedin’s empty-net goal a gritty thing of beauty

Henrik Sedin made an empty net goal – usually a lucky long shot down the full length of the ice – into a hard-fought masterpiece, says Adam Proteau.

Henrik Sedin didn’t waste much time making it to the highlight reel this season. And to his credit, the Canucks captain managed the rare feat of making an empty-net goal look incredibly challenging and memorable in Vancouver’s 4-2 win over Calgary Wednesday.

The Canucks were leading the host Flames with less than 90 seconds to play when Sedin picks up the puck at his own blueline, skates through two opponents, fights off both of them deep in Calgary’s zone, and bats the puck into the net as he’s falling to the ice, just before he knocks the net off its moorings:

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After a miserable 2013-14 campaign, Sedin and the Canucks need all the good luck they can get. Their final goal of their first win of this season is a nice start.