Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Sedin power

The word I'm hearing today is that the Sedin twins set a record last night for points by a brotherly duo, as they managed to rack up three goals and six assists in a 5-2 win over the struggling Edmonton Oilers.

Can anyone confirm that?

The twins are now both in the Top 30 in league scoring, and Daniel is on pace for 35 goals and 84 points this season.

I unfortunately was only able to see bits and pieces of last night's game, but the twins sounded deadly last night. One would think that given how Vancouver has no one else to shutdown that more teams would be able to clamp down on the pair.

They have to be two of the best passers in the league — and especially so when connecting with each other — and I can't help but think that if they had an elite sniper like Ilya Kovalchuk on their line, their production would be all the more impressive.

Anyway, just thought I'd offer up some praise given all the knocks the Sedins have taken so far in their careers. Their twin $3.5-million, three-year deals look like an excellent bargain so far this season.
  • I know they're a little, er, odd, but isn't is strange just how underwhelming the amount of press the twins get? In Toronto, I very rarely hear much said about them, which seems curious given their relative youth — 26 — and talent level.)

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At 12:08 p.m., February 07, 2007, Blogger JP said...

The Stastny boys combined for 16 points against my Caps in a game back in 1981. Not sure if that's the record, but I'd be surprised if it wasn't.

At 12:10 p.m., February 07, 2007, Anonymous greywall said...

I agree. I moved to toronto from westcoast just over a year ago and i'm surprised how little the Eastern teams and fans know. My pet theory is, if the star didn't come from the east, they likely will suffer the same fate as the sedins.
san jose gets press because of Thornton, the Canucks Luongo (before that Naslund), Avalanche Theodore. You don't have press on sakic, ohlund (especially years past), sedins, etc.

At 12:15 p.m., February 07, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Thanks JP. Apparently the record they set was most points by twins, but I don't know who held that one previously.

At 12:17 p.m., February 07, 2007, Blogger JP said...

I know the answer to that one too - it was Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, who each had a goal and two assists in a game for the Penguins back in 2003.

At 2:23 p.m., February 07, 2007, Anonymous Darren said...

They were deadly (they got a couple of lucky bounces, admittedly), and they're really hard to shut down. They don't seem to get intimidated, and can stick handle in a phone booth.

Part of their low profile is that they're not flashy. They are, at best , average skaters, and pretty measured on the offence. They'll bore you to death for 30 seconds by playing the puck back and forth along the boards, and then produce a tap-in goal for their linemate.

I think the twins need a power forward more than a sniper. Anson Carter scored 33 goals with them last season, and most were from within ten feet of the net.

At 2:32 p.m., February 07, 2007, Blogger girlysportsrant said...

Get Andreychuk out of retirement. He leads the world on 5 foot goals.

At 2:35 p.m., February 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good God, can you imagine the ink that would be spilled over these two if they played in Toronto?

At 2:39 p.m., February 07, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

It's amazing that Matt Cooke and Jeff Cowan could run around taking shots at Oilers all night, but no one even thought to look at the Sedins funny.

God, I hate MacT's pacifism sometimes.

At 2:42 p.m., February 07, 2007, Anonymous Roman Jedlicka said...

Yeap, the Stastny brother set the NHL record for points by brothers in one Game. Back in 1981 they each had 8 points as Quebec won in Washington 11-7. The Sedin twins were linked to the Stastny brothers because in Feb 28, 1988 (Quebec@Buffalo 6-5) Anton and Peter have at least four poinrs each...

At 3:14 p.m., February 07, 2007, Blogger Andy said...

They weren't dominant last night. Hard to control at times, yes, but a couple of the goals were lucky. Plus they got a lot of 5 on 3 time. Even they admitted as such today. Don't get me wrong, they played great, but I think the 9 points is misleading.

At 4:06 p.m., February 07, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

>>> Thanks JP. Apparently the record they set was most points by twins, but I don't know who held that one previously. <<<

Probably Rich and Ron Sutter. With one point.

At 5:05 p.m., February 07, 2007, Anonymous Roman Jedlicka said...

Well, I dont know what is the NHL record for points scored by twins in one game. You know, we had 5 pairs of twins in NHL history. Henrik & Joel LUNDQVIST (they met 18times), Ron & Rich SUTTER (they met 17times), Peter & Patrick SUNDSTROM, Peter & Chris FERRARO and finally Daniel & Henrik SEDIN (teammates). So it is probably that Sedins held the record but i am NOT sure... (my web

At 12:45 p.m., February 08, 2007, Blogger Jeremy said...

I know they're a little, er, odd, but isn't is strange just how underwhelming the amount of press the twins get?

You answered your question at the end of this sentence with the introduction of it, and in your choice of this ancient babyfaced-aliens photo. They're a bit less weird-looking now, and their interviews have improved along with their progress on the ice, but they're still hard to warm up to.

And as great as their highlight-reel passing plays are, they often don't look dominant at all -- coughing up the puck after cycling it for 20 seconds, missing their checks, and then lumbering back into their zone to try the same thing again. Andy's comment is right: they didn't actually play that fantastic against Edmonton. I thought they played about the same against Chicago last night, and Lalime shut them out.


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