Time for Sedins to man up

The Sedin twins take part in Canucks practice at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., May 31, 2011....

The Sedin twins take part in Canucks practice at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., May 31, 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:57 AM ET

BOSTON - It was a message that could be heard all the way across the continent in Vancouver.

“Those Sedin Sistuhs suck!” bellowed a beer-bellied Boston Bruins fan outside TD Garden a couple hours before the opening faceoff of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final.

Former Bruins coach/player Mike Milbury, now a broadcaster with CBC and NBC, did one better.

He referred to Daniel and Henrik Sedin as “Thelma and Louise.”

After the first four games of this best-of-seven series, even the most rabid Vancouver Canucks fans could not possibly argue with that logic.

Calling Daniel and Henrik. Where are you?

Not on the score sheets in this series, that’s for sure.

Not enough, anyway.

As the series shifts back to the left coast for Game 5 Friday night with the Canucks and Bruins deadlocked at two games apiece, take a peek to see where the Sedin twins are in team scoring in the final.

Daniel has two points.

Two more than Henrik.

These are the players who have won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s regular season points leader the past two years.

Regular season.

That’s the problem.

It’s Stanley Cup time now. Time for your team leaders to step up and take charge. Time for the twins to take the next step, not to stumble into the off-season wondering what might have been.

Two combined points in four games.

Unacceptable.

To be fair, they’ve had scoring chances. Henrik, in fact, was staring at an open net early in the first period on Monday night when a goal would have given the Canucks a 1-0 lead and some much needed momentum in Game 4.

He missed the net.

Again.

Same old story.

Two hours later, his head was slouched on the bench, watching the seconds tick down on the Bruins' 4-0 victory in Game 4 at the Garden.

Deep down, he must have known that this is a now new series.

A series in which his Canucks led 2-0 heading to Boston earlier this week.

Asked what the Bruins had been doing to shut he and his brother down, Henrik had a simple explanation.

“We’ve had chances,” the captain replied. “We just had some bad bounces. But. really, Tim Thomas has been great. He’s been great. He’s been unbelievable.

“That’s the only thing.”

The only thing?

The only reason that you and your brother have two points in four games?

That’s a hard explanation to swallow for all those Canucks supporters back in B.C., some of the most loyal fans in the National Hockey League.

Now, just a few days later, the Sedins head back to Vancouver having to regroup after being outscored, outplayed and outclassed by a less talented team that grinded them into the Beantown ice.

How must he feel now that the Bruins outscored their Canucks 12-1 in the two games in Boston?

To be fair, there is plenty of blame to go around throughout the Vancouver dressing room.

Ryan Kesler is hurt. Mason Raymond has been invisible. Keith Ballard looked like a player who had accrued rust while in the press box.

And as far as goalie Roberto Luongo is concerned, he was not good here in Boston. But that’s a description you could use for almost the entire team, including the Sedins.

After reading this, there will be Canucks fans who will start sending emails claiming the media has a pro-Boston bias in this series.

To those we say: The numbers don’t lie.

Four games. Two points. Combined.

Try arguing with that.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara deserves some credit for stifling the Sedins, using his 6-foot-9 frame to eclipse them at every opportunity. With the Canucks having the last change in Game 5, maybe coach Alain Vigneault can get them away -- at least momentarily -- from the Bruins defenceman.

Either way, it’s time for the “Sistuhs” to turn into men while this series is still theirs for the taking.

mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca

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