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article imageDaniel Sedin scores hat-trick of good things in win over Panthers

By Marcus Hondro     Jan 12, 2016 in Sports
While Daniel Sedin did not score a hat-trick in the conventional sense in the Vancouver Canucks win over the Florida Panthers Monday, he managed to do three good things. His also played a big role in a Canucks 3-2 win.
Daniel ties Naslund
Here's what Sedin did: 1) he scored two goals (both set-up by brother Henrik); 2) he scored the winning goal in overtime; 3) his overtime goal gave him 346 career goals, tying him with fellow Swede Markus Naslund for the most goals in a Vancouver Canuck uniform.
Not surprisingly when he spoke to press after the game Daniel diverted attention away from Daniel and spoke of Naslund, a mentor for the brothers when they came into the league and who is from the same town in Sweden, Ornskoldsvik.
"He was an idol growing up, he meant so much to us when we came into this league,” Daniel said of his former teammate. “He is a better goal-scorer than me, no question about that."
He pointed out that it's taken him 1,104 games to notch 346 goals, while Naslund scored that many in a Vancouver uniform in just 884 games. "He’ll always be No. 1 for me in the goal department," he added. "But it’s an honour, for sure."
For the record, Daniel also has 575 assists and a total of 921 points while Naslund, who unlike the Sedins played for two other NHL teams, had 410 assists and a total of 756 points in a Canucks uniform.
Taking their respective points and games-played-as-a-Canuck totals and doing the math finds that Daniel has a .83 points per game average, while Naslund's is .85. So with regard points the two are very close.
Post game brouhaha
The game itself was a good one. Despite being outshot 13-7 in the first the Panthers led 2-0 at the intermission; Roberto Luongo, and his glove, made some wonderful saves and his teammates scored on their two best chances. It looked like they might be destined to extend their winning streak to 13 games.
But Daniel scored in close in the second on a nifty pass from Henrik and Jake Virtanen shook off the ghosts of his World Junior tournament performance by wristing a shot past Luongo after a face-off with under three minutes left. The goal sent it to overtime and allowed Daniel to score from the slot and tie Naslund.
Jacob Markstrom has another stellar game in goal for the Canucks.
The game ended with a bench-clearing shoving match. After the winning goal Henrik, normally not one to chirp the opposition, did just that, skating over to the Florida bench and having choice words for someone.
It threatened to turn into a brawl but despite all players from both teams milling about and shoving, it never did. Daniel said disrespectful words were spoken by a Panther before the overtime face-off and it ticked his brother off. Neither Sedin elaborated further.
Florida, meanwhile, had to settle with leaving town with a 13-game points streak while Vancouver heads out on the road having gone 4-2-1 on their seven game home stand.
Daniel Sedin's first chance to move past Naslund comes Thursday night in Washington against the Capitals.
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