Talkin' a good game

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- It didn't take very long for former Edmonton Oiler Anson Carter to make himself right at home playing on a line with Swedish twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin this season.

Of course, it didn't take the wise guys perched on press row at General Motors Place long to brush the doughnut sugar from their lips and come up with a witty nickname - unflattering as it might be - for the unlikely and rather prolific trio of Vancouver Canucks forwards: the Two Sisters and a Brother Line.

Well, there's been nothing girly about the Sedin brothers this season, not with Henrik leading the Canucks with 68 points going into last night's game with the Edmonton Oilers and Daniel sitting third with 61.

Then, there's Carter, who signed with the Canucks last summer as a free agent for $1 million. The silky smooth winger sits fifth in points with 48 and second in goals with 28.

Catchy name. Better line.

"It seemed to work right away," said Daniel Sedin. "We talk a lot before and after every shift. We talk about what we can do better and the good things we did, too.

"That's something he's brought to our game. You talk about everything you do and that's been a big help."

NATURAL FIT

The Sedin brothers, of course, are a natural fit. They played together in Sweden as kids. They were drafted together - former GM Brian Burke wheeled and dealed to take Daniel second overall in 1999 and Henrik with the third pick. The twins have played together, for the most part, since they broke into the NHL. They've honed their games together.

But Carter? Inked in August and coming off a poor season plagued by injury, Carter's back on top of his game. He went into last night with seven goals in 11 games. What's with that?

"It's kind of hard to explain," shrugs Carter, asked about the chemistry he's developed with the Sedin brothers. "If I knew the secret, I'd sell it on Robson Street for a million bucks.

"The main thing about playing with the twins is we trust each other. I came in with the mentality that, 'You guys are good hockey players and I'm going to trust you guys with the puck. Do what you guys do best.' "

While some people still have trouble telling the red-headed twins apart, Carter, he of the flowing dreadlocks, stands out. On the ice, however, he's blended seamlessly with the Swedes.

"Like I said, we talk a lot," Daniel Sedin said. "He wants to find out what we're doing and we want to know where he's at. That's the biggest thing. We figure things out."

Carter, always an opportunist off the rush, has reinvented his game to complement the twins. That's saying something for a veteran who has been in the league long enough to be set in his ways.

"I placed the onus on myself to read where they were going and what they were thinking, as opposed to having them change their game and fit into what I do," Carter said.

"They have the innate ability to find each other. They read each other so well, so I really put a lot of pressure on myself to figure out what they're doing and go where they're not.

"That's the trust. I trust they're going to make the right decisions with the puck. As we went along, they trusted that I was going to get open. I think they saw right away I trusted them. It works both ways."

A BARGAIN

One thing's for sure. Vancouver GM Dave Nonis might have his hands full re-signing the trio this summer. Carter's been a steal and the twins, both of them making $1.25 million, have been a bargain. All three are represented by IMG agents Pat Brisson and J.P Barry.

"It would be great," Daniel Sedin said, when somebody suggested Nonis re-sign the threesome as a line.

"This is the most fun we've had since we came here, so, of course, we'd love to play with him for more years. We'll see what happens."


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