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Vancouver’s Sedin plays one 22-second shift to extend ironman streak

Apr 28, 2013, 12:34 AM EDT

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The last time Henrik Sedin missed an NHL game was during the 2003-04 season.

So, no surprise he didn’t want to miss one just to get a rest.

That’s why Sedin played all of one shift on Saturday against Edmonton — 22 seconds in all — before retiring to the dressing room for the evening.

The move kept his ironman streak alive, at 629 games, trailing only Jay Bouwmeester for the NHL’s active consecutive games streak.

(Bouwmeester’s sits at 634, with an asterisk: Because he was traded from Calgary to St. Louis after the Blues’ Apr. 1 game had started — and before the puck dropped Edmonton for Flames-Oilers — his streak remained intact, even though he “missed” a game.)

The Canucks came into the contest with nothing to play for, having already wrapped up the Northwest Division title and third overall seed in the Western Conference.

As such, there was some talk heading into the game that Sedin would be held out of the lineup entirely.

  1. ryanw822 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Wouldnt expect anything less from a weak person and organization

    • canucks30 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        @canucks30…..I have tons of respect for what Henrik has done in his career, a fun player to watch. On the other hand, the only thing you can ever come up with in these blogs in “posting videos”. Come ob, man! That’s for kids who can’t come up with anything clever, insightful or intelligent to say. I’m all about reading people’s ideas and opinions, but I’ll never watch a video that anybody posts on here.

    • elvispocomo - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      I guess you missed the various parts in his career where he did play through pain, like the time it was suspected he had a broken foot but he wanted in the lineup anyway. You don’t get to that many consecutive games without some legitimate injury concerns.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        Yea, everyone does, this is hockey not baseball.

      • elvispocomo - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        The thumbs have spoken, perhaps it’s time you listened.

    • badintent - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      are you accusing Brian Burke of ordering Bert to smash Moore and have an affair with Hazel Mae ? We got rid of Burke , sent him to hockey Hell in Toronto , his mouth can’t stay out of trouble for 5 seconds.Can’t believe he taught a sport biz class at UBC. And two groups of owners suing each other ? Yeah we had that too. Vancouver, where men are men and the coyotes are nervous. Better city for pink rainbows than hockey.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    If you ever wonder why the league and fans have no respect for the Vancouver franchise and the Sedins, it’s because of garbage like this.

    Absolute disgrace.

    • canucks30 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:00 AM

  3. canucks30 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Yes, what a classless organization.

    Gimme a break

  4. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    I’m not gonna sit here and say the Canucks or the Sedin’s are classless (they aren’t). BUT COME ON, ONE 22 SECOND SHIFT!? He could have at least stuck it out for the period. Maybe wait and see if he could get on a powerplay or something if he didn’t just want to sit on the bench. It just seemed silly, if anything. I can’t believe it even counts as a game when you only play 22 seconds. It shouldn’t count unless you play more than 5:00 minutes or it could be shorter if you somehow get on the statsheet through a hit or a takeaway or a change in your +/-. Just something to prove that you somehow had an impact on the game. It just diminishes the ironman streak when you do stuff like that.

    • hawkeedawg - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:57 AM


      • badintent - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        That is a serious insult to one of the classy pro jocks of our generation.Sedin couldn’t carry Carl’s jock with a hocky stick. !

  5. ray2013 - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    If I was the coach, I would only have allowed him to play the bare minimum which is what they did. What would have happened if he got hurt? Then we’d hear for months how stupid they were letting him play a meaningless game. He wanted to keep his streak alive. Done. Anything else is a risk you don’t need befors the playoffs.

  6. profsudz - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    As per usual, everything the nucks do is a fraud

    • elvispocomo - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      Have some more of those ‘sudz’ professor…

  7. hawkeedawg - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    As for the “Classless” comments…

    The Sedins are among the classiest players in the league. They have both donated over a million each right after signing their contracts to the Children’s Hospital. And that is only one of the many, many things they have done.

    I guess winning MVP, Pearson, and scoring titles still makes you guys call them sisters.

    As for the Iron man streak, lots of athletes have done it. Look at Cal Ripken, played one out in one game to keep his streak going, I guess he is classes and a sister too!!

  8. 19to77 - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    I get that it was a completely meaningless game, but maybe a humiliating 6-2 beatdown wasn’t the ideal way to cap the regular season before heading into a playoff run. If Vancouver hadn’t been resting the whole first line (and Dan Hamhuis), it probably would have gone a different way.

  9. mclovinhockey - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Wow, calling the Sedins weak and classless is not what I was expecting to see on this post. Some of these “hockey fans” are pathetic.

    Amazing streak there. Well deserved from the very classy guy.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      It’s not a streak with sham appearances like this

  10. comeonnowguys - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Not to sound all stilted, but come on, this is cheesing the spirit of the streak. I really don’t care who it is. It’s like Strahan’s sack record.

  11. bleedingteal4life - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Sedin’s are weak and they are eachother’s crutch. Split them up and see what happens…

    • kaptaanamerica - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      You are obviously a sad sack sharks fan who remembers all the beatings at the hands of the Canucks and the Sedins magic. Wouldn’t expect more from someone like you.

    • elvispocomo - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      I guess you aren’t aware that Henrik scores more goals without Daniel than he does with. He’s actually picked up his point production in some cases while Daniel’s been out with injury.

    • kitshky - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      ..ummm the last year Henrik played any significant time without Daniel on his wing he won the Art Ross and Hart Trophy. (but don’t let facts get in the way or anything)

  12. ryanw822 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    • kitshky - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Thanks for the video that shows what classless hockey actually looks like…

  13. ryanw822 - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I guess wimp boy Daniel got lessons from his brother

  14. thehighcountrybear - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Henrik thought he’d reprise the final game of the 2011 Cup final?

    One 22 second shift then hey, presto magic!

    Poof, gone…

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