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Sedin twins running out of chances to win Stanley Cup

Apr 29, 2013, 9:03 AM EDT

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Vancouver Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin aren’t in the twilight of their career, but they aren’t young anymore either.

At the age of 32, the twins have frequently been on squads capable of winning the Stanley Cup. They even came within one win of capturing the Cup in 2011, but they have never claimed it. Now, as the Canucks prepare for their series against the San Jose Sharks, they appreciate more than ever just how finite their number of remaining opportunities is.

“We had good teams for a number of years now and you never know how it’s going to go next year,” Daniel said, according to the Calgary Sun. “It’s one thing everyone was talking about when we first came into the league but you didn’t realize that back then. Time is going to fly by … and there’s not so many chances left. You just have to enjoy it and try to win.”

Henrik noted that the Canucks’ core has gathered plenty of postseason experience over their previous runs. That gives Henrik confidence in their preparation, but at the same time he also echoed his brother’s remarks.

“Our first couple years, you went into the playoffs and everything was fun, it was a great experience and you learned from it,” Henrik said. “But you never thought about it being your last time around and your last chance. Now you do.”

Of course, there are star players on the San Jose Sharks who likely feel the same way. Captain Joe Thornton is 33 years old and searching for his first Stanley Cup. So is Sharks forward Patrick Marleau.

Both of these teams have been consistently great in the regular season for years, but have fallen short in the playoffs. With time running out for both dynasties, there should be a lot of passion in this series.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    “With time running out for both dynasties…” – and I thought a dynasty in sports emerges after consecutively winning something meaningful. And no, for me the Presidents trophy isn’t meaningful that much.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Bingo. Dynasties require league championships.

    • 19inarow - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Precisely what I’m thinking. Terms and stats that used to denote such greatness, are now so watered down and relatively cheap. Their meanings are so different to this generation, one which doesn’t know what two consecutive Cups means, less four Cups or nineteen straight playoff series or 150 points by a player…so many examples. These days, a player wins the Rocket Richard Trophy once or twice and he’s ready to be inducted into the Hall of Fame…which is why these players take their foot off the gas: they think they’ve accomplished it all because that’s how the “flavor of the month” hockey media treat them. Also, these twins have not been “frequently on squads capable of winning the Stanley Cup.” Detroit can claim that, but not Vancouver. They stank as recently as ’08.

      The sentiment of the article is correct, but not the ethos.

  2. modellforprez - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Not everybody is lucky enough to win the cup but those two are running outta time. all i wanna know is i missed the matchups. who does philly play?

    • holeecowman - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      the back 9 lol… wow…. philly only missed the playoffs twice in like 18 yrs how many time did the ice chickens miss in that span..

  3. capsfan19 - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    The sharks and canucks remind of tge west’s version of the caps. Ovi isnt getting any younger either!

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      I completely disagree about San Jose. I think San Jose is a really good, talented team that is genuinely snakebitten in the playoffs for whatever reason, whereas I think the Caps and Vancouver are just overrated and their success is completely based on the surrounding teams that don’t challenge them for positioning. San Jose loses in the playoffs because they under-perform, whereas Vancouver and the Caps lose because they are simply being matched up against teams that are straight up better than them even though they are the higher seed. The Pacific and the Central are the only divisions since the lockout to produce Cup wins by multiple teams. The Pacific,since the lockout has produced at least 3 playoff teams in every year except 2009, and they still produced 2 in 2009. The Northwest and Southeast are lucky to get 2 playoff teams in any given year.

      The Pacific is a really underrated division. Since the Central, Northwest, and Atlantic not only dominate playoff positioning, but also dominate fan support and the most competitive rivalries, they get a lot of attention. But the Pacific, when you really look at the success rate, hangs right there with those other 3. They, too, bring multiple dominant teams that rack up 100 point seasons and championship wins to the table. I’d compare San Jose to somebody like the Flyers, more so than the Caps. They churn out really competitive, balanced, winning rosters year in and year out, yet for whatever reason they can’t ever seem to finish it off and execute that dagger in the heart of other teams in the playoffs. Instead they flake out and get lost in their own game.

      • stakex - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        That post made me laugh pretty hard.

        First of all, the Caps and Vancouver have dominated the regular season for large parts of the last 6-7 years. Since in an 82 game season they only play a handful more games against division rivals, the teams around them doesn’t matter all that much. When you creep into 3rd due to a division win, yet would have actually missed the playoffs with your point total, THEN you are getting help from your division. Having the best record in the conference though? Domination of an easy division won’t get you there.

        Also, the Flyers as competitive and balanced? They wouldn’t be making tee times for tm if that was the case. They have been a wildly inconsistent team over the last couple years… and haven’t been a dominating team at all lately (other then perhaps the 2011 season).

        —————-

        Bottom line is that your clearly making a bias statement there. By the numbers the Caps and the Canuks have been perhaps the most consistently dominant teams in the NHL over the last 8 years or so during the regular season… and what division they are from doesn’t matter since you play a lot more non-division games in an 82 game season. While the Sharks have also been one of the top teams, the Flyers aren’t even in that discussion.

      • wingsdjy - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        “The Pacific and the Central are the only divisions since the lockout to produce Cup wins by multiple teams.”

        Technically, there have been no Cup winners since the lockout…

        I’ll show myself out

      • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        @stakex Obviously whenever they win the president’s trophy they are better and a top, competitive team no matter what division you put them in. And I’m not trying to pick on the Caps and Vancouver specifically, they just become the sacrificial lambs of their weak division because they have dominated it more often then other teams. But hear me out:

        Since the lockout, there have been 8 playoff seasons. In seasons where Vancouver didn’t win the president’s trophy, there was not a single time the Northwest legitimately won the 3 seed. Every single year the 4 seed finished with a higher point total and came from a division with more playoff teams then the northwest.

        The Southeast has fared a little better, but still in 4 of the 8 years of the playoffs, they didn’t actually finish higher than the 4 seed. In fact, they’ve been the 5-7 seed every single one of those times according to record alone. Aside from these 2 divisions no other division has really altered the standings the way they do. In the 3 other times it’s happened, the other teams never would have finished lower than a 4 seed anyway. One place movement isn’t that dramatic. Moving from a 6/7 seed to a 3 seed is. That has happened in the Southeast multiple times.

        If they aren’t winning the president’s trophy, the Southeast and Northwest are forcing somebody into matchups that they don’t really deserve to be in. The Southeast and Northwest teams have never been bumped down in playoff positioning because of a misplaced 3 seed. Perhaps it just has to happen to your favorite team for other fans to really get how irritating it is. Even if a division has one more playoff team than the Northwest/Southeast, that is a minimum of 10 points (5 games) teams are forced to play against a playoff team that the Southeast and Northwest teams don’t have to play. Instead, the Northwest and Southeast get to compete for those 10-12 points against a non-playoff team. Look at this year. The Northeast has 4 playoff teams and the Southeast has 1. The northeast playoff teams had to play for 28 points (14 games) against other playoff teams in their division. The Caps didn’t compete against any other playoff teams to win their division. This year, do you think Montreal would rather play 5 extra games to decide their division against Boston or Tampa Bay? That may not seem like a large number of games, but it is 10 points in the grand scheme of things.

        It’s sort of an irrelevant topic anyway though. That’s why they are changing into 4 divisions, the 1 and 2 seeds rarely cause problems. The 3-6 seeds are where things can get irritating.

  4. blomfeld - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    ARE THE SEDINS ARSONISTS ?

    An emphatic ‘no’ would be my answer to a question like that. Yet there’s no denying of the fact that the Sedin brothers had better start ‘setting things on fire’ here pretty quick or else there could be big trouble. From my forward position here in Vancouver, I can report to you that the mood among Canuck fans on the street is now becoming ‘alarmingly’ desperate. These people aren’t stupid and so they’re likely starting to realize what’s slipping away from them. Also true is the fact that Canuck fans are a group of very ‘dangerous and unpredictable’ people who you don’t want to anger, ever! So while I wish the best for Daniel and Henrik, my advice to them would be to leave this city ‘asap’ in the event that things go badly in their series against the Sharks. If they don’t, then my fear is that we could see another Salem Witch Burning (1692) taking place right here in Vancouver in 2013, with the likes of the Sedins and Luongo suffering a horrendous fate … :(

    Blomfeld’s prediction: Sharks in 5, possibly 6 at the most …

  5. sectualvanilla - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Should read: “Sedin SISTERS running out of chances to win stanley cup”. Two girls NO cup!

  6. imleftcoast - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment should read, “some douchey loser who never played the game is pretty tough sitting on his couch.”

  7. joelwrobinson - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    This will be a fun series to watch.

  8. thehighcountrybear - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Great crack going down in this thread…rich with information!

    Dammit blomfeld, Salem Witch burnings…?

    My ribs were nearly healed…you’ve set me back weeks. Hilarious, love it [ you'll be hearing from my lawyer after Brian gets back to me ]!

    • blomfeld - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      ‘good times’ friend ! :)

  9. hockeyflow33 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Both teams have young, strong goaltenders so they should have plenty of chances over the next several years

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