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Canucks grab fifth consecutive Northwest Division title

Apr 23, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

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To put it mildly, Monday night was a great evening for the Vancouver Canucks.

Most importantly, they clinched their fifth consecutive Northwest Division title. While more than a few Canucks fans probably feel wistful because this signifies the end of an era in which the team gets to beat up on frequently hapless foes, the bright side is that it locks them into the West’s third seed.

If that’s not invigorating enough, the Canucks clinched the division by beating perhaps their most hated rivals in the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 3-1.

Daniel Sedin played a big role in that victory and moved himself into second all-time in franchise point scoring in the process. A familiar face is staring down at him, too:

Canucks top scorers

Henrik Sedin: 791 points
Daniel Sedin: 758 points
Markus Naslund: 756 points
Trevor Linden: 733 points

Before you look at that list and declare Henrik the unanimously superior twin, do note that Daniel (aka “The Shooting Sedin”) has played in 33 fewer games. (Fanatics can also squabble over the notion that it’s a little tougher to pile up points when you’re the one more likely to score goals than assists, even if both are excellent passers.)

Anyway, with the West hierarchy set, Canucks fans now set their sights on whichever team will take the conference’s sixth spot. At the moment, that would be the St. Louis Blues.

Other clinching news: Anaheim takes the Pacific

  1. canucks30 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing the Canucks vs Sharks. Would make for an entertaining series and provide the best matchup from a travel perspective.

    San Jose was also the only team the Canucks played this season that they were unable to beat.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Canucks record against Wings was hardly sterling…they needed a shootout to steal their one win on Saturday, wot?

    Still, Canucks were impressive tonight, and are showing signs of what they may be capable of should they get on a roll. The brothers Sedin are finding their game, and the team as a whole was initiating solid threatening contact, particularly the vastly under-rated Lapierre. Were Canucks being sand-bagged by Hawks? Hard to say…

    There was some enjoyable hockey in both Detroit and Vancouver tonight…speed and finesse in plenty. Promise of more to come in the playoffs by the look of it.

  3. blastardo - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Good team. Canucks are definitely the favourites against Sharks or Blues during playoffs in my opinion. Who knows who the victor will be if they face the Kings in the first round.

    Schneider is hot right now too. I wouldn’t be surprised if they finally hoist the Stanley this year.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      Wow, a NE Div Winning Banner to go up on the wall with all their President Cups.
      What to do,what to do, should they plan a parade or just torch the city?

  4. canucks30 - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    It’s a shame that the Canucks and Blackhawks can’t meet unless they both reach the Western Conference Finals.

    That being said, it would be epic if we saw Canucks vs Blackhawks IV with a Stanley Cup Finals appearance on the line.

    As for St. Louis, I don’t think any team wants a part of them. They seem built for playoff hockey and are coached by a master tactician. The 3 headed goalie problem seems to be their only concern.

    A true dark horse.

  5. sprtsfan1 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Ugh! Horrible display by my Hawks. Lazy, and bad penalties. GG Vancouver, spanked us good. Looks like Vancouver is ready for the playoffs.

  6. slickvb82 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Screw the Canucks, and the Sedin (Pinky & The Brain) twins!

  7. jason9696 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    The Canucks can have all of their division titles and President’s Trophies they want. Most importantly they will NEVER win the Stanley Cup.

  8. superbran17 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    It should be noted that Henrik passed Naslund in points in his 905th career game. Daniel passed Naslund in.. you guessed it.. his 905th career game.

  9. interiorfan - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    @valoisvipers: It’s the NW division. The NE division would be……uh, how do I explain this? …….you know, in the EAST!

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Just wait until next year, when Boston is in the “Central” :)

  10. blackhawks2010 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Way to phone it in Hawks.

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