As the NHL enters its final two
weeks of play, Vancouver Canucks centre Henrik Sedin finds himself leading the
league’s elite players as he stands in first place on the NHL scoring list.
With 101 points in 75 games this
season, including 28 goals and 73 assists, Henrik currently leads a pair of
former Art Ross Trophy winners in Alex Ovechkin (100 points) and
Sidney Crosby (94 points).
Sedin has already joined a
prestigious collection of three other Canucks who have broken the 100-point
mark, a group made up of Pavel Bure, Alexander Mogilny and Markus Naslund.
While the lofty ranking is
impressive to most, Henrik is more impressed by another aspect of his game.
“Doing it without cheating a
lot defensively I think it’s where our line has done the best job,”
explained Henrik. “It’s not like we’re having two points a night and we’re
minus two or three. We’re doing it without costing us defensively. That’s
something I think we’re the most proud of.”
Henrik may also be benefiting from
Ovechkin having missed 10 games this season. Then again of the league’s top
five scorers, Sedin has played fewer than 20 minutes per game.
Ultimately Henrik isn’t keeping a
close eye on how his competition is faring at the top of the scorers’ list. He
is much more concerned with leading the Canucks towards a Stanley Cup
“There are five or six games
per night so it’s nothing that I really focus on,” said Henrik.
“We’ve been playing a lot of games lately, so when you’re off I think you
try to stay off hockey.
“In the long run
I think it’s better to feel fresh going into the big thing which is the
playoffs, so I think our main focus is that.”