Canucks eyeing twin MVP awards
RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
|Vancouver Canucks' Daniel Sedin celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with twin brother Henrik Sedin during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Toronto January 30, 2010. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)
VANCOUVER -- Daniel Sedin is one step closer to equalling his brother's feat of last season.
The Vancouver Canucks star was announced Thursday as one of the top three vote-getters for the Hart Memorial Trophy, along with the Anaheim Ducks' Corey Perry and the Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis.
Last season, Henrik Sedin won the Hart after capturing the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champ.
Daniel Sedin won the scoring title this season.
"He could have won the scoring title this year, too, if he would have been a little bit luckier," Daniel said of his brother. "It's a big honour. Seeing Hank up there last year, it's nice to be able to do it this year."
It's a solid bet the Sedin twins will pull off the unique double-double.
Sure, Perry is the lone NHLer to hit the 50-goal plateau this season, but Daniel Sedin was the best player on the best team.
"It says a lot about who they are, how they've improved, how they've worked on their game throughout the years," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said of the Swedish twins. "They're great, quality people."
The brothers often amaze with plays that make it seem they have a sixth sense with each other, but they'll admit that time apart last season helped them take a big step forward.
While Daniel was on the limp for 19 games because of a foot injury, Henrik was forced to adjust his game.
The end result has benefited them both.
"He had to look for other guys," Daniel said. "When we struggled, at least earlier in our careers, we looked for each other a lot because that was the easy play to make, and we were pretty easy to defend against when we were looking for each other.
"When I was gone, he had to look for other guys, and when I got back he kept doing the same thing. It opened up a lot of ice for us."