The 2007-2008 season ended with a lowly 7-1 whimper against the Canucks’ hated rivals the Calgary Flames. It was the end of the Trevor Linden era and unfortunately for him the playoffs weren’t on the horizon at the very end. As much as the loss was meaningless at the time the game itself was full of entertainment during and after.
You may remember Henrik Sedin holding up Luc Bourdon just enough to allow Jarome Iginla to slip into a scoring position and pot his 50th tally of the season. It was a subtle play (‘youtube’ it if you don’t believe me, it was subtle) but Henrik knew it was the right thing to do and obviously the Canucks knew it was an important milestone for Iggy & The Flames (a great band name by the way). So with the roles somewhat reversed this year and the Flames the team now on the outside looking in, the only significant thing to be decided was if Henrik could catch up to Alex Ovechkin in the scoring race and win the first Art Ross Trophy in Canuck history. As the Flames had attempted two seasons ago to spend all game trying to get Iginla the puck, the Canucks had the same thing on their mind. Every pass in the offensive zone was fired with the intent of getting it to Henrik and it was very obvious. The Flames for their part, intentionally or not, rolled over and allowed the Canucks to run their game plan of making King Henrik the new scoring champ.
With his 4 assists and Alex Ovechkin failing to record a point against Boston, the scoring title officially landed on the West Coast and with it some much deserved accolades in a 7-3 victory over the Flames. It will keep him in consideration for the Hart Trophy but I doubt that award ever comes to Vancouver. So for now just enjoy the following sentence: “The NHL’s leading scorer is a Vancouver Canuck.”
The Los Angeles Kings become the Canucks first round match-up for the post-season. Avoiding the Detroit Red Wings is a good thing because the travel alone in the first round would have been a problem. However, don’t take the Kings lightly, they spent some time at the top of the league and finished the season only 2 points back of the Canucks with 101 overall. We’ll have a series preview for you very soon that will break it down better but expect a very tough series. Only the Avalanche have less than 100 points in the Western Conference which really makes it a toss-up. If you’re not excited for this playoff season, get yourself checked because that just isn’t right.
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Written by Luke Mirza