Of the 333 goals Daniel Sedin has scored in his career and of all those that are yet to come, there has likely never been and will likely never be another that’s met with as little fanfare as his power play goal Monday.
The Canucks were five seconds into a power play in the second frame when the puck was slid to Sedin on the blueline. With room to operate closer to the goal, Sedin drifted to the top of the left wing circle, wound up and blasted a slap shot on net. And then Sedin’s momentum carried him forward while he held his stick high as seemingly the only person in the entire building that knew the puck was lodged in the top of the net:
It’s not often that the player scoring a goal is the only one in the entire building who knows the puck crossed the goal line, but that’s exactly what happened when Sedin blew the power play goal past Montreal Canadiens netminder Mike Condon.
The dead silence after Sedin’s shot — and after the whistle — is incredible. Not even Condon, who must have felt the puck slip past him if even by the slightest bit, reacts much. Henrik Sedin, who’s standing to the left of the net, doesn’t so much as raise one arm when the puck finds its way into the top of the net.
The cheers from a few Canucks fans in the stands and the players on the bench can finally be heard around the time the Sedin twins give each other a celebratory tap, but there still seems to be a number of players and fans confused by what just happened.
Sedin’s goal went to review and, obviously, counted, but it’s easily one of the strangest moments of the season.