What’s the opposite of star treatment?
There was a play late in the third period of last night’s Canucks game vs. the New York Islanders during which Henrik Sedin was hauled down, but the nearby official – and by nearby I mean being right in front of the play and looking at it as it happened – put his whistle away and decided not to call a penalty. Exasperated, all Hank could do was look at the official and mutter some words (pleasant ones, I’m sure).
Curious, I decided to scroll through the boxscores of the last several Canucks games and check how rarely Hank had drawn a penalty. Unless I missed something, I made it all the way back to the Canucks’ November 14 game against the Arizona Coyotes – this was the last time Hank drew a penalty.
I kinda knew that the lack of respect the Sedins get from the zebras has been a common occurrence for most of their career. Regardless, it was still surprising to see that it has been 20 games – and counting – since an official has deemed an infraction against Henrik egregious enough to call a penalty on it. 20 games. That’s a quarter of an NHL season. When you consider how much he (and his brother) handles the puck, how well he handles it, protects it and makes plays with it, and you add the abuse the twins get on a nightly basis – the hacks, the whacks, the hooks, the holds, the wrestles – it’s even more mind-boggling.
Twelve years ago, Brian Burke, while still the General Manager for the Vancouver Canucks, famously said, “Sedin is not Swedish for punch me, or headlock me in a scrum.” Looking back, however, I’m beginning to wonder if it is.