Sedin makes Canucks history

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:26 PM ET

Henrik Sedin can breathe a sigh of relief. He did it.

An eventful Sunday paved the way for the Canucks centre to officially win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL points scoring leader after Washington's Alex Ovechkin failed to record a point against the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby came up short despite an impressive showing against the New York Islanders.

The Swede, who finishes with 112 points to Ovechkin's and Crosby's 109, becomes the first Canuck in history to win a scoring title.

"Many of my teammates have had career seasons offensively and this trophy is a reflection of our hard work," said Henrik in a press release. "I'm grateful for the opportunity my teammates and the coaching staff gave me to try and win this award. It reflects teamwork and commitment."

Between now until the actual hardware is handed out, Henrik might also need to find time to thank Tim Thomas.

The Bruins goaltender and last season's Vezina trophy winner stymied Ovechkin, stopping all five of his shots including a couple big saves in the second period. And although Washington scored three times on Thomas, the Great Eight did not assist on any of the tallies.

Meanwhile, Crosby, who needed eight points to catch up to Henrik, made things interesting with five points through the first two periods Sunday. However, he couldn't complete what would have been an incredible feat in the final frame.

Henrik, who was trailing Ovechkin by one point heading into Saturday's game against Calgary, set the bar high by putting together a remarkable four-point performance against the Flames to take a three-point lead in the scoring race prior to the last day of the regular season.

The offensive outburst also helps him set a franchise record for most points in a single season, surpassing Pavel Bure's 110 in 1992-93.

Henrik finished the year with a career-high 29 goals, a league-best 83 assists, which is also another club record, and a plus-35.

The last Canuck to come close to winning the NHL scoring title was Markus Naslund in 2002-03.

The former Vancouver captain, who had 104 points, was beat out by Peter Forsberg (106) on the last day of the regular season.


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