Twins battle for Art Ross

Vancouver Canucks’ Daniel Sedin (L) celebrates a goal with twin brother Henrik. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Vancouver Canucks’ Daniel Sedin (L) celebrates a goal with twin brother Henrik. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

EDMONTON - VANCOUVER — In a perfect Sedin world, Daniel and Henrik would tie for the NHL scoring title.

But since nobody’s perfect, the twins will settle for the next best thing — taking turns winning the Art Ross Trophy.

Henrik won it last year, edging Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin 112-109 and Daniel is comfortably in front of the pack this year.

“There’s not a whole lot of Swedes who’ve done it before,” Daniel said of the possible Sedin sweep.

“For sure it’s a milestone but it doesn’t really mean that much. We’re not here to win scoring titles, we’re here to go all the way.”

Nevertheless, keeping it in the family like that is nothing short of remarkable.

“They’ve got an opportunity to do something really out of the ordinary, something that I don’t think has ever been done,” head coach Alain Vigneault told reporters after Daniel moved into top spot.

“One brother win it one year, and the other brother win it the other year. When you think about how competitive the NHL is, how strong the teams are, for that to happen in consecutive years by twins is amazing.”

Daniel and Henrik finishing 1-2 this year would be just as cool. Henrik and Steve Stamkos are neck and neck for second.

“It would be,” said Henrik. “But it’s not something we’re going to put a lot of focus on in the last few games.

“There’s a lot of other guys out there fighting and you can’t really do anything about that.

“Our focus the last few years has been that the points are going to come if you play well, and play the right way. If you start cheating, start to search for points, then you’re going to lose.

“We’ll see what happens, but it would be fun, for sure.”

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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