VANCOUVER – Seeing a Sedin on the scoresheet is becoming an increasingly rare occurrence in Vancouver.
Twin superstars Henrik and Daniel Sedin were both held pointless again Saturday night in the Canucks’ 4-1 loss to the Canadiens at Rogers Arena.
That marks eight-straight games that neither one of the former Art Ross Trophy winners has scored. Henrik has gone eight games without a point and 10 without a goal. Daniel has one assist in that stretch, but no goals in eight games.
“If your top guys aren’t scoring with the minutes we’ve got, it’s tough to win games,” Henrik Sedin said after the loss.
Each had just one shot on goal in the first two periods, and the twins’ top line was broken up for a couple shifts to start the third period when the game was tied 1-1.
“I think it was a message,” Daniel Sedin said. “We weren’t happy with our game tonight either. We let the team down and that’s unacceptable.”
“(Head coach Alain Vigneault) has got to do something,” added Henrik Sedin when asked about being put on a line with Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen for a pair of shifts while Sammy Pahlsson took his spot. “It’s been a while now where we haven’t produced.”
Henrik got just 3:21 of ice-time in the third and Daniel just 3:49. Some of that can be attributed to the extended Montreal power play since neither Sedin kills penalties, but that is far below their average.
“Any time your top players aren’t at their top performance obviously there’s a level of concern,” said Vigneault. “I’m not sure if we’re tired physically or mentally, but if that’s the case what we can do is eliminate the excuse and what we’re going to do is give our guys two days off and come back Tuesday.”
Vancouver takes on the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday.
Since the Canucks’ power play is deeply invested in the Sedin combo, their dry spell has resulted in a poor showing by the unit that entered the game still ranked number-three in the NHL. The power play scored just once in the last 24 opportunities over a 10-game stretch. They were 0-for-2 Saturday, including an abbreviated advantage.
“It’s tough when you get one chance,” Henrik Sedin said. “We were close to getting one on our first. Last game and today too it felt good. We were moving the puck and getting shots. It’s just a matter of time.”
Still, opposition doesn’t take them lightly.
“They’re world-class talent,” said Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban. “So we tried to be in their face all game. I thought when we had five guys on the ice we paid attention to them and made sure we limited their opportunities.”
The other member of the top line is Alex Burrows, who’s drought hasn’t been as long and contributes on the penalty kill as well.
“Burr’s playing pretty good but Hank and myself need to be better, that’s the bottom line,” said Daniel Sedin. “We should win this game if our line plays better. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves.”
“We’re confident we’re going to get out of this,” added Henrik Sedin. “It’s just a matter of regrouping and be ready for the stretch drive.”