Jan 072010
 
Burrows celebrates 2nd consecutive hat trick

Photo credit: TSN

Earlier today, Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province) suggested the Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line was the second coming of the Westcoast Express line. Scratch that, he said that they are even better than the original.

The trio have played 57 games together going back to last winter. In those 57 games, the line has combined for 73 goals and 119 assists for 192 points. That’s 3.37 points a game and is a pace which outdistances the best line in Canucks history. At its peak in 2002-03, the West Coast Express put up 3.31 points a game.

And who can argue with him?

The Canucks just disposed of the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 to win four games in a row for the first time this season and at least catch the Northwest Division-leading Calgary Flames in points. Henrik Sedin had 3 assists to pass Joe Thornton in the NHL scoring race, Alex Burrows recorded his second hat trick in two games, and Roberto Luongo posted his 50th career shutout.

First, the Sedins and Burrows.

When Burrows signed his 4-year/$8 million, I admit I thought it would be a solid deal even if he simply produced 15 goals and 40 points; with 17 goals and 17 assists, he’s nearly cracked that mark and the season is barely over half a season old. It goes without saying that he is proving that I’m just a Canucks fan who set expectations ridiculously low so as not to be disappointed.

To add to what Botchford said, the Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line is on fire. Combined, they have 130 points (48 goals and 82 assists) this season. Only San Jose’s (Marleau, Thornton and Heatley – 64 goals and 86 assists) and Washington’s (Ovechkin, Backstrom and Semin – 60 goals and 76 assists) trios have combined for more. When you take into account that Daniel Sedin missed 18 games due to injury, it makes what the Sedins and Burrows have accomplished so far even more impressive.

Maybe they are the second coming of the Westcoast Express, but I’m not sure I like the nickname. Contest time: Suggest a nickname for the Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line and post it in the comments field. Richard, Alix and I will each pick one we like and we’ll send each winner a copy of the Vancouver Canucks 2009-2010 yearbook.

Next, Luongo.

Tonight’s shutout was his 3rd of the season and 50th of his career. He is now tied with Chris Osgood for 2nd most career shutouts among active goaltenders. He is 56 shutouts behind Martin Brodeur’s career mark, but as you know, Luongo just signed to play for 12 more years. In Luongo’s first 3 seasons with the Canucks, he’s averaged just under 7 shutouts per season.

Just sayin’.

[update: 01/12/2010, 11:06 AM]

Our apologies for not setting a closing date for this contest, but we’ll do it now.

We’ll take entries until 9:00 PM on Wednesday, January 13th. Richard, Alix and I will make our picks then and send the Canucks Yearbooks to the winners.

On a related note, we’re working with Canucks.com on a follow-up contest that has a tie-in with this one. More details will follow on a separate post, but let me tease you guys a bit – you want to make sure to submit your best suggestions to a line nickname for Sedin, Sedin and Burrows, and the prize for the follow-up contest are signed photos from all three players.

  • pimpcurtly

    The Pineapple Express

    Cuz they’re bringing the rain every night!

  • Vancouver Canuckster

    B . S . S – Brilliant Show Stoppers!

  • Vancouver Canuckster

    B . S . S – Brilliant Show Stoppers!

  • gregandersen

    northwest passage

  • gregandersen

    northwest passage

  • Calgary Canuck

    The SSAAB line

    Sedin Sedin and Alex Burrows

  • Calgary Canuck

    The SSAAB line

    Sedin Sedin and Alex Burrows

  • Dan Smith

    How about the Twinturbo line or
    Swedesuccess

  • Dan Smith

    How about the Twinturbo line or
    Swedesuccess

  • Mike Fortier

    “West Coast Domination”.

    Superior to the West Coast Express, and oh so Dominant.

  • Mike Fortier

    “West Coast Domination”.

    Superior to the West Coast Express, and oh so Dominant.

  • Mike Fortier

    Here is another couple:
    “The Twin Turbos n’ Burrows!”
    or
    “The Twin Turburrows”

  • Mike Fortier

    Here is another couple:
    “The Twin Turbos n’ Burrows!”
    or
    “The Twin Turburrows”

  • Jake K

    ppg line
    point per game line
    or
    pass pass goal line

  • Jake K

    ppg line
    point per game line
    or
    pass pass goal line

  • gregandersen

    nor’west passage

    it’s startin to grow on me

  • gregandersen

    nor’west passage

    it’s startin to grow on me

  • Patrick Kelly

    here are my additions for the Burr/Sedin line:

    3′s company
    The Swedish Twins and the French Finisher
    the Swede’s and the Finish
    The Make Work Project..cause they make the opposition work so hard
    ADHD – Alex, Daniel and Henrik Dominate..WOOOOOOOOO
    The Tri-Hards
    Tri-fectionists
    Tri-ffective
    THE FULL HOUSE! A Pair and 3 goal machine!
    and my personal fovorite
    THE PICKUP LINE – cause they often carry the team ;)

  • Patrick Kelly

    here are my additions for the Burr/Sedin line:

    3′s company
    The Swedish Twins and the French Finisher
    the Swede’s and the Finish
    The Make Work Project..cause they make the opposition work so hard
    ADHD – Alex, Daniel and Henrik Dominate..WOOOOOOOOO
    The Tri-Hards
    Tri-fectionists
    Tri-ffective
    THE FULL HOUSE! A Pair and 3 goal machine!
    and my personal fovorite
    THE PICKUP LINE – cause they often carry the team ;)

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    How the French framework “simple”. He was concerned about the Sedin … Perhaps the real Burrows also lit the fire!

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