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Sedins give correct response to Bolland’s “sister” comments

Dec 22, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

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It was interesting to watch the Vancouver Canucks respond to David Bolland‘s now-infamous “Sedin sisters” comments.

Head coach Alain Vigneault said Bolland’s IQ was “probably the size of a birdseed” and had “a face only a mother could look at.”

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa said Bolland “looks more like like a girl than they [Sedins] do,” and that “if it weren’t for the twins, I don’t think anyone would hear about Dave Bolland.”

As for Daniel and Henrik? They kept mum on the issue — then went out and dominated on the ice.

Bolland made the comments on Dec. 12 and the story blew up nationally two days later. Since then, the Canucks have played four times — in Carolina and Toronto, then at home against Minnesota and Detroit — going 3-1 over that stretch. As for the Sedins?


vs. Carolina: (out, back)
vs. Toronto: 1G
vs. Minnesota: 3A
vs. Detroit: 1A


vs. Carolina: 2A
vs. Toronto: 1A
vs. Minnesota: 1G, 2A
vs. Detroit: 1A

They’ve combined for 12 points in four games. If you throw in contributions from linemate Alex Burrows — he has six points over that stretch, including a four-game goal streak — it’s the hottest line in hockey, bar none.

While Burrows has been great, it’s the Sedins that have impressed throughout the league, earning high praise from some of the biggest stars. That includes countryman and Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom.

“It’s hard to defend against them,” Lidstrom told the Detroit Free Press. “They’re so good at finding each other, throwing passes behind their backs and just having a knack for finding the back of the net, too. You’ve got to try to keep them on the outside, but they’re very smarthockey players.”

Call it sisterly intuition. But call it that at your own peril.

  1. babar61 - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    “But but that haven’t won a cup so they suck! ”

    The typical thing people say about players they hate and it’s a joke. Anyway, last time I checked the sedins have many years left to challenge for the cup.

  2. t16rich - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    How sweet was that Sedin header last night? That was an awesome dump and chase. Any one thumbs downs that has a thumb up their butt.

  3. jovocop1989 - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    The Sedin response is something we could all learn from. Rather than spending multiple days analyzing which city sucks more, let’s just move on and play some hockey eh

  4. bigtganks - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Amazing the criticism these guys get. Daniel even won the Ted Lindsay Award last year. “Most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHL Players Association”

    These are the PLAYERS (and likely many other fellow Blackhawks) voting for the most outstanding player.

    They are all class. PERIOD.

    • mgp1219 - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      They are class, but the rest of the Cannots are the antithesis of class.

      Even Mark Recchi said after he retired that 2011 Vancouver is the most arrogant team he ever played against in all of his 22 years playing in the NHL.

      Enough said.

      • bigtganks - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM

        So call Burrows, or Kesler, or anyone else for that matter a sister. The lack of judgement and perspective is baffling. Then again, I consider the source(s). Bolland isn’t considered all the bright and witty even within his own circles and organization… Milbury, well… that’s even easier.

      • haterzgonahate - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:21 PM

        ya.. classless.

        the Detroit Red Wings, the pinnacle of Hockey excellence for the better part of 20 years, have knocked many a foe out of the playoffs, yet.. you don’t hear them running their mouths off about whatever team it may be well after the fact?

        meanwhile, in Chicago and Boston “Canucks this Canucks that”

        who’s classless now?

        give it a rest

  5. neelymessier - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    It was so much fun to come in as the underdog and take the Cup last year from them on their home ice. Reminded me of 94! But I do dig that making out in the streets photo from the riot.

  6. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Jesus. Are we still talking about this?

  7. pastabelly - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Sorry, but the image of Marchand speed bagging Danielle Sedin is tough to shake. The criticism against the Sedins really has nothing to do with the hockey playing. They are both outstanding. But this can’t happen without players and fans taking notice.

    • cshearing - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:42 PM

      What cannot happen? Taking a few “punches” to draw a penalty? It is not the Sedins’ job to enforce in any capacity. Some guys can do both, but many do not. When was the last time you saw, say, Patrick Sharp do anythign differently? Or even Tyler Seguin? Not everyone is Lucic or Marchand, nor should they be exceted to be.

    • haterzgonahate - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:23 PM

      too bad the refs didn’t take notice.. and foiled Sedins plan!

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