Hats off to Danny in win

Daniel Sedin was the hero at GM Place Thursday as he combines for five points with his brother,...

Daniel Sedin was the hero at GM Place Thursday as he combines for five points with his brother, Henrik. (Reuters)

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

THE BUZZ: On a night when Evander Kane's return to Vancouver garnered plenty of attention, it was Daniel Sedin who stole the spotlight with a three-goal outburst Thursday at GM Place to lead the Canucks 4-2 over the Atlanta Thrashers.

ALL TWINS: With three goals and two assists between them, the Sedins have now extended their point streak to five games, in which they have combined for 19 points. Daniel's hat trick is his third in his career, while Henrik's two assists moves him up to third overall in NHL scoring with 38 points, just behind Marian Gaborik (39) and Joe Thornton (42).

QUIET GIANT: Meanwhile, the sub-headliner Kane, who had plenty of family and friends in the crowd, didn't make much noise on the scoresheet, going a minus-one with three shots on net and 12:49 of ice time.

KANE TALK: "Once the game started, I just treated it like an other game. Obviously it was a little bit more special but you can't be thinking about that kind of stuff too much," he said.

DESPERATE W: The victory for Vancouver breaks a two-game losing skid and improves their home record to 11-4-0, while moving them to ninth overall in the West.

NET NUMBERS: For Roberto Luongo, it was his 13th win of the season as he made 22 saves, allowing goals by Nik Antropov and Colby Armstrong. At the other end, Ondrej Pavelec stopped 35 of 39 shots to drop to 8-8-3.

SIT DOWN: Kyle Wellwood, who has only one point in his last four games, was made a late scratch before the game as Alain Vigneault finally decided to send the struggling centre a message.

UP NEXT: Vancouver plays the second of their eight-game home stretch Saturday when they host Northwest divisional foe Minnesota Wild at GM Place (7:00 p.m. PT/CBC).


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