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Henrik Sedin: We need to be more Detroit-like

Jan 25, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

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If you haven’t been noticing the Vancouver Canucks this season for all the wrong reasons, that’s by design.

The Canucks are trying to do things a little bit differently this year in that a lot of the shenanigans that made them one of the most reviled teams in the league last year have gone away. Without the diving, chirping, and even biting the Canucks are winning games drama-free.

Mark Spector of Sportsnet talks to Canucks captain Henrik Sedin who says they’re drawing their inspiration from a certain Western Conference rival on how to win games without all the side show antics.

“I think it needs to (change),” Henrik said, for the first time in our recollection, anyhow. “I think we’ve grown as a team, and it needs to change. If I would be a referee, and I would see guys do that kind of stuff…

“I get back to Detroit,” Henrik concluded. “They’re a good team, they’re always there, and they don’t need to have players doing that kind of stuff.”

If the Canucks have turned over a new leaf and dumped the juvenile stuff, they become a more respectable and dangerous team in the playoffs. For a team that learned a lot of hard lessons losing in seven games in the Stanley Cup finals, that’s a huge development.

Just picture what the Canucks could’ve done last year without Alex Burrows‘ biting and the diving from the Sedins. Actually, it’s probably for the best that Vancouver fans don’t go back and try to re-live that and just hope that this new way of doing things sticks around.

  1. drewsylvania - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Good on them for taking the crap out of their game.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      I’m hoping for a rematch with a little more respectable play from both sides. At their best they can both play a skill game the equal of the Red Wings, but idiots like Burrows, Lapierre and Marchand marred that at every opportunity. Let’s hope they focus on playing hockey instead of trying to audition for a soap opera this year.

  2. madtolive5 - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Yeah I am not seeing it.
    Seems like the same team to me as the past couple years.
    But i hope they do make an effort to play honest. I can forgive a hard nose hit that might be a little questionable more then flopping and baiting your way to calls.

    • whatswellydoing - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Are you watching the games? That’s kind of important.

      • onearmdragon - Jan 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

        The rematch game with Boston seemed like more of the same to me. 6 guys jump Thornton after Burrows slashes (near) Thornton’s neck (no idea how Van got a power play out of that one). Wiess agrees to fight then bails attempting to draw a penalty, luckily the ref had been listening to him properly gave them both penalties. Lucic get’s tossed for a questionable reason, properly rescinded by the league. And Marchand earned his 5 game pay loss.

        I hope Van can be more like Detroit. And I hope Boston can clean up this dirty play back into skilled and gritty. I’m not expecting any changes from either, but it would be nice.

  3. yettyskills - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Well talk about stating the obvious

    Everyone wants to be more like Detroit and should, going on 20 plus years

  4. gnazarov - Jan 25, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I hope there’s some truth to this. Gonna be tough with d-bags like Burrows and Lapierre on your roster though. I utterly hate Detroit with every freakin inch of my body. Completely despise them. But I do absolutely respect them and how that franchise goes about things. I can’t say the same for Vancouver however, but hopefully that can someday change and perhaps I can revisit the idea of maybe trying to find some respect for that franchise.

  5. xxshookonexx - Jan 25, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    They just need to be less….Vancouver-like (or Montreal-like…same thing)

  6. kiopta1 - Jan 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    If van the team/organization is honest about that then great….I hated their bs in the past and I am of the mindset that if you want the winning tradition and respect that Det has had for decades you do need to do the little things right and take the highs with the lows as professionals. That often starts with coaches and captains….both of which Det has had some of the best.

  7. bensawesomeness - Jan 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    As a Wings fan, i take pride in this

  8. ikillchicken - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Such a load of crap. The Canucks are no worse that 3/4 of the teams out there. It’s great that they’re trying to tone it down. I wish more teams would do the same. But of course, the haters and people in the media are just going to twist this around and hold it up as if it’s some sort of a confirmation that the Canucks are this horrible/hated team in this way.

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