Canucks Post-Game #Sixpack: Jannik Hansen Steals Daniel's Thunder

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Despite Duncan Keith’s best efforts, Sunday was a night of celebration as Daniel Sedin made it to his 1000th game in the National Hockey League.

The Vancouver Canucks put on quite the show against the Chicago Blackhawks. Led by Danish superstar Jannik Hansen’s first hat-trick of his NHL career, the Canucks proved that their new up-tempo style is a good match against their old rivals from the Central Division. To celebrate Daniel Sedin’s achievement and a Canucks victory, why not grab a #Sixpack?

Final score: Canucks 4 – Blackhawks 1

Canucks goals:

  1. Jannik Hansen (6th goal) – Assisted by Bo Horvat and Derek Dorsett
  2. Jannik Hansen (7th goal) – Assisted by Derek Dorsett and Bo Horvat
  3. Radim Vrbata (10th goal) – Assisted by Chris Tanev and Henrik Sedin
  4. EN Jannik Hansen (8th goal) – Assisted by Bo Horvat and Chris Higgins

Blackhawk goals:

  1. PPG Kris Versteeg (7th goal) – Assisted by Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook

1. Congratulations Daniel

Daniel Sedin was honoured on Sunday for appearing in his 1000th game. What makes this milestone all the more incredible is that every game was played with the same franchise. In today’s NHL, that is quite the rare and notable accomplishment. Although we did have the same Avicii themed celebration a few months ago for Henrik.

It was the usual affair for any celebration. Video montage, followed by family and presents. As per NHL tradition, Daniel received the silver stick to along with a painting of himself that I have a hard time seeing him actually hanging up as he is a pretty modest guy. Daniel probably thinks an ego is a brand of toaster waffle.

However, the best part of the celebration had to have been the creative revenge beatings on Duncan Keith being suggested on twitter:

The Blackhawks deserve some credit though:

2. Luca Sbisa Has Another Moment

Luca Sbisa has been one heck of a whipping boy this season. But man, does he show some flashes of awesome. And by awesome, I mean plastering Patrick Kane into the boards.

Chicago’s Kris Versteeg promptly jumped in to defend his little buddy but ended up taking a penalty for his efforts. Although the powerplay failed to do anything, Jannik Hansen buried his sixth of the season shortly after to give Vancouver the 1-0 lead.

Some, mainly Versteeg, questioned why Sbisa’s hit wasn’t a penalty. Mark Lazarus of the Chicago Sun-Times sums it up pretty well:

3. Sorry, Team Canada

The Big Wigs over at Hockey Canada have been collectively holding their breaths over the past few weeks seeing how their roster for the World Junior Championships will shape up. Already down Connor McDavid to a hand injury, it’s no secret that the hope was for Bo Horvat to either be back in London or at the very least be loaned for the Tournament.

Well, that’s a shame because Bo ain’t going nowhere.

This may be stating the obvious, but for a rookie to stay in the lineup, he has to fill a certain role and for his first few games, it looked like Horvat may not be able to do it.

But now skating on a line with Dorsett and Hansen, the trio has given Vancouver a dynamite look for it’s fourth line. And when have the Canucks EVER been able to say that? My apologies to Victor Oreskovich.

If he isn’t helping create scoring chances (three assists tonight), Horvat is dominating the faceoff circle. For a 19-year-old, that is impressive. And now, his face-offs are leading to scoring chances:

Because Bo Horvat is helping to make the fourth line better, he is staying in Vancouver. It’s as simple as that. Sorry, Team Canada.

4. Corey Crawford Made Some Pretty Saves

Corey Crawford is often ripped apart for his play, despite the fact he has a Stanley Cup to his name. But my Linden did he ever have some nice saves tonight. Logical reasoning would say Crawford should have struggled as he had to play the night before. But then again, it was against the Edmonton Oilers which probably doesn’t count.

I’ll let the @myregularface gifs speak for themselves:

5. Hansen, So Hot Right Now

What a night for Jannik Hansen.

Frequently the topic of debate this season, Hansen drew the venom of many fans (myself included) for his promotion to the top line after Radim Vrbata went down earlier this month. Although the reasoning behind the criticism was that he is better suited for a bottom-six position. But let’s not get into that tonight.

Since dropping back down to the fourth line Hansen, Dorsett and Bo Horvat have been on fire. Against the top teams in the Western Conference, the Canucks will need a lot of depth to compete and their bottom-six is providing that right now. Hansen is now up to eight goals on the season and it’s only November.

6. Beating the Hawks

I think the only thing that can top a Canucks victory over the Chicago Blackhawks is one of my favourite wrestlers from the 90’s coming back to the WWE, but what are the chances of…OH MY GOD THAT HAPPENED TOO!

Image: wwe.com

I need to lay down. Goodnight, Everybody.

 

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