Game 1 notes: Sedin twins assault Niemi's net

May 16, 2011, 5:24 am
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Looks as though the Mounties can remove those missing person posters of the Sedin Twins from the light poles all along Burrard Street, near the waterfront.

Henrik and Daniel finally showed up Sunday night at Rogers Arena in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals as the Canucks came from behind with a 3-2 victory over the Sharks.

Henrik Sedin scored the eventual game-winner while Daniel Sedin had a key block on Dan Boyles shot soon after. Henrik had just one shot in the game and made it count.

Were here to score goals, to produce, Henrik said. We come to the rink, we know when were not playing well. We dont have to hear that from everyone else. There have been games where we havent been happy with our performance.
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There have been other games where weve been happy with the way we played, and in a few of those games weve been minus players a lot. That doesnt help with the media coverage.

Daniel? He had six shots on Antti Niemi.

I didnt think our first two periods were bad, but the third, we took over, Daniel said. We were down, but we took over. Weve been winning games, but maybe we havent played as good as we wanted to. Tonight, for 60 minutes, I thought we played a really good game.

So did Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.

You know, theyre always thinking, Vigneault said. Tonight, when we got caught out there at the end and I called timeout, Hank turned and looked at me on the bench. He said, Let me switch sweaters with Danny.

McLellans reaction: Sharks coach Todd McLellan was impressed with the Sedin Twins, as well.

They're Henrik and Daniel, McLellan said. One was the most valuable player in the league last year, one was supposed to be the most valuable player in the league this year. Do we worry about them? Absolutely.

I told our group prior to the game there's a lot of focus on Ryan Kesler and deservingly so. Two, three guys we really needed to focus on was that line.

I don't know what happened in the Nashville series as far as their chances and opportunities go. We watched a little bit on video. But I know we have a ton of respect for both of them. They showed it tonight.

Brutal goal: That would best describe what happened to Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo on the games first goal.

He went behind the net to play a puck, then under pressure, shot it directly into the right circle, almost a tape-to-tape pass to the Sharks Joe Thornton, who buried it into an empty net.

I don't like to make excuses, but if you remember the play a few minutes earlier, Ben Eager slashed my stick, Luongo said. It was kind of broken, and when I went to make the pass I didn't get all of it.

It looked pretty bad, obviously. I've been playing the puck a million times this year, and I think I've done a pretty good job at it. Marty Turco makes mistakes playing the puck, and he's the best in the league. But I could hear the fans were a little nervous afterwards.

Loose pucks: McLellan swapped Jason Demers out on defense with Ken Huskins but would not confirm an injury as the reason. Lineup change with Jason Demers, obviously Husky went in and I thought he played a pretty honest game, McLellan said. We'll see what we do for Game 2. Asked again on Demers, he replied. He's bumped and bruised, just like everybody else. Niemi had four saves on Daniel Sedin in the first period, including a good one from distance off a screened shot San Jose won the faceoff battle, 52-to-48 percent.Tim Panaccio is the NHL Insiderfor E-mail him at

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