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.

  • Andrei Zipis

    Swede Triplets

  • Andrei Zipis

    Swede Triplets

  • Diana D

    doppelgäng

  • Diana D

    doppelgäng

  • Louis

    Northern Lights

  • Colin Edmiston

    Nordic Thunder – Sweden=Viking and France was raided by them. Works… sort of

  • Louis

    Northern Lights

  • Colin Edmiston

    Nordic Thunder – Sweden=Viking and France was raided by them. Works… sort of

  • Alan L.

    SWEET SWEDES!!!!

  • Alan L.

    SWEET SWEDES!!!!

  • Elizabeth

    THE ZIP-ZAP LINE BECAUSE THEIR SO GOOD AT PASSING AND SCORING.

  • Elizabeth

    THE ZIP-ZAP LINE BECAUSE THEIR SO GOOD AT PASSING AND SCORING.

  • emily

    How about the “HAD” line(Henrik,alex,and daniel)?

  • emily

    How about the “HAD” line(Henrik,alex,and daniel)?

  • harrison lee

    what about the triplets? just a suggestion

  • harrison lee

    what about the triplets? just a suggestion

  • sean webb

    the frog N swede poison
    - burrows is french and french eat frog legs and the twins are swedish and poison cause they are killer.

  • sean webb

    the frog N swede poison
    - burrows is french and french eat frog legs and the twins are swedish and poison cause they are killer.

  • Kevin

    The Give’r force

  • Kevin

    The Give’r force

  • http://www.canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    And… done!

    Thanks for entering everyone! We’ll announce the winners shortly.

  • http://www.canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    And… done!

    Thanks for entering everyone! We’ll announce the winners shortly.

  • ed

    the SeaBus Line!

  • ed

    the SeaBus Line!

  • Jim

    How about simply ‘The French Connection’. Its always been about the Sedins… maybe its Burrows addition that really has stoked the fire!

  • Jim

    How about simply ‘The French Connection’. Its always been about the Sedins… maybe its Burrows addition that really has stoked the fire!

  • Paul

    33+22+14…..the 69 line

  • Paul

    33+22+14…..the 69 line

  • Pavel

    Highspeed Swedes

    or

    Swedish highway patrol
    (burrows can stop others on shorthanded times)

  • Pavel

    Highspeed Swedes

    or

    Swedish highway patrol
    (burrows can stop others on shorthanded times)

  • Joel BAstian

    “The 3 pointer line”

    not only is that very valuable to basketball to shoot from there.

    but all three get points in a goal.

  • Joel BAstian

    “The 3 pointer line”

    not only is that very valuable to basketball to shoot from there.

    but all three get points in a goal.

  • lynuck

    The burdeen express!!!!

  • lynuck

    The burdeen express!!!!

  • Nathan V

    With all the comments regarding the sedin’s cycle game I figured someone would have mentioned this by now:

    The “CYCLONE” line or the “CYCLONES”
    - obviously in reference to their cycle game
    - cyclones are very dangerous to those in their path (ie. opposing teams), and there is nothing that can stop them once they have developed
    - also a nod to famous Vancouver hockey player and icon ‘Cyclone’ Taylor

  • Nathan V

    With all the comments regarding the sedin’s cycle game I figured someone would have mentioned this by now:

    The “CYCLONE” line or the “CYCLONES”
    - obviously in reference to their cycle game
    - cyclones are very dangerous to those in their path (ie. opposing teams), and there is nothing that can stop them once they have developed
    - also a nod to famous Vancouver hockey player and icon ‘Cyclone’ Taylor

  • axy140

    I propose “Northwest Express” because they will be the most dominant line in the Northwest divison for the forseeable future. The name also plays homage to the “West Coast Express”.

  • axy140

    I propose “Northwest Express” because they will be the most dominant line in the Northwest divison for the forseeable future. The name also plays homage to the “West Coast Express”.

  • Stephen Foster

    I would like to offer

    “Snap, Crackle and Pop” as the line name.

    I am not sure which one is which but think how much fun it will be to say “Snap Crackle and Pop! … in it goes” every time they score. Not to mention all the fun we could have waring goofy hats at the games. They also kinda look like the famous rice krispies trio and it takes all three to make it taste great and score the goals.

  • Stephen Foster

    I would like to offer

    “Snap, Crackle and Pop” as the line name.

    I am not sure which one is which but think how much fun it will be to say “Snap Crackle and Pop! … in it goes” every time they score. Not to mention all the fun we could have waring goofy hats at the games. They also kinda look like the famous rice krispies trio and it takes all three to make it taste great and score the goals.

  • Richard Wiens

    Dazed and Confused Line, because that’s what they make out of their opponents.

  • Richard Wiens

    Dazed and Confused Line, because that’s what they make out of their opponents.

  • Harrison

    Ugh, I know I’m late, but I didn’t know about this contest until just now. Anyway, here’s my entry, if you’re feeling lax.

    The East Coast Express.

    Why? Three reasons.

    1. The story of Alex Burrows’ rise through the East Coast Hockey League is basically common knowledge at this point. Burrows and East Coast are basically synonymous.

    2. Henrik and Daniel Sedin are from Ornskoldsvik, famous as the city of Modo, Forsberg, Naslund, Sundstrom, and Hedman as well. It’s quite a well-known city in the hockey world, and aside from the near-unpronouncability of the city, it’s also pretty common knowledge they’re from there. It sits smack dab on Sweden’s East Coast.

    3. It pays homage to the West Coast Express, while reasonably flipping it on its head.

    In summary: three guys with strong ties to the phrase “East Coast”, who are mirroring the prominence of the West Coast Express. It works on a number of levels.

  • Harrison

    Ugh, I know I’m late, but I didn’t know about this contest until just now. Anyway, here’s my entry, if you’re feeling lax.

    The East Coast Express.

    Why? Three reasons.

    1. The story of Alex Burrows’ rise through the East Coast Hockey League is basically common knowledge at this point. Burrows and East Coast are basically synonymous.

    2. Henrik and Daniel Sedin are from Ornskoldsvik, famous as the city of Modo, Forsberg, Naslund, Sundstrom, and Hedman as well. It’s quite a well-known city in the hockey world, and aside from the near-unpronouncability of the city, it’s also pretty common knowledge they’re from there. It sits smack dab on Sweden’s East Coast.

    3. It pays homage to the West Coast Express, while reasonably flipping it on its head.

    In summary: three guys with strong ties to the phrase “East Coast”, who are mirroring the prominence of the West Coast Express. It works on a number of levels.

  • hockeyville88

    ABBA line:
    AB = Alex Burrows
    ABBA = Swedish band

  • hockeyville88

    ABBA line:
    AB = Alex Burrows
    ABBA = Swedish band

  • Tri Tran

    The Twin Baguette Line

    or The Swedish Baguette Line

  • Tri Tran

    The Twin Baguette Line

    or The Swedish Baguette Line

  • http://none Justyn Baxter

    1. Tick Tack Toe
    2. He shots He Scores!
    3. Vancouvers Hero Line

  • pimpcurtly

    The Pineapple Express

    Cuz they’re bringing the rain every night!

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