Humble Henrik talks Art Ross

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:02 PM ET

Humble as always, Henrik Sedin said he would still be satisfied with all he's accomplished even if he didn't win the Art Ross Trophy.

The Canucks centre spoke to media Monday for the first time since the final day of the regular season when he officially won the NHL points-scoring title.

"If something would have happened [Sunday] with Ovechkin and Crosby, I would still have been extremely proud," he said prior to the team practice. "It was almost like it didn't really matter what happened [Sunday], I was still really happy after the game against Calgary."

The league-leading scorer took home the title after his four points against the Flames Saturday was enough to hold off the two former winners, but he said there were some anxious moments watching the Washington and Pittsburgh games.

"I felt good after [the Capitals-Bruins game]. Danny gave me a heads up halfway through the Pittsburgh game and said Crosby has five points. It was a little nerve-racking," said Henrik, adding that he watched the latter game with his brother.

The Swede finished the season with 112 points, which is a new career high and a franchise single season record, and officially claimed the award after both Ovechkin and Crosby recorded only 109 points. He adds that the bar he set with his stellar performance Saturday raised his chances drastically.

"If you have to go up against Ovechkin, you're never sure about what's going to happen," he said. "I was happy going into Sunday with the lead, and I had three points up on him. I felt I had a chance, but like I said, you never know."

One of the first person to give him a call Sunday following the final results was former teammate Markus Naslund. The ex-Canucks captain came close to winning the Art Ross in 2002-03, finishing with 104 points, just two behind fellow-Swede Peter Forsberg's 106.

"He was one of the first to congratulate me, I really appreciate that," Henrik said. "I've been on the phone here for the last 24 hours, it's been crazy but a lot of support."

The Canucks play the L.A. Kings in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs starting Thursday at GM Place.


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