Big night for Canucks big guns

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:16 AM ET

VANCOUVER - Henrik Sedin sure knows how to take credit for his brother's goal-scoring success.

On a night that featured a back-and-forth battle between the Canucks top two scorers, the team captain took a light-hearted jab at Daniel Sedin following the game.

"If I would have myself passing to me, I would have 24 [goals] too," said Henrik, while glancing back at his linemate.

Daniel, who tallied twice, finished runner-up to Ryan Kesler's three-goal effort Friday night at Rogers Arena as the two now lead the club with 24 and 23 tallies respectively.

The goal-scoring pair though were just a bit more humble, and serious, after the superb showing.

"It's good competition," said Kesler. "[Daniel]'s obviously a pure goal scorer so there's no way I will keep up with him."

Added Daniel, who also recorded his 600th career point with a third period assist: "We need guys to push each other and that's what this team is doing."

Henrik, on his part, finished with three helpers.

In the end, the competition within the Canucks proved to be a more exciting storyline than the actual matchup between the two teams on the ice. Vancouver solidified their place atop the NHL standings by trouncing the lowly Edmonton Oilers 6-1, thus extending their winning streak to eight games. The Canucks also set a new franchise record for longest stretch without losing in regulation, having gone 13-0-2 in their last 15.

Cory Schneider, who was making his 10th start of the season, made 23 saves to improve his record to 8-0-2 on the season.

The Canucks have little time to celebrate the victory as they host a tougher opponent in the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night.


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