All this fuss over an empty-net goal, on the first day of the National Hockey League regular season?
It may seem like an easy enough achievement. What Henrik Sedin did to preserve the win for the Vancouver Canucks over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday was anything but.
The Canucks captain beat two Calgary defenders – Kris Russell and Mark Giordano – through the neutral zone, followed the bouncing puck, which he kicked up to his stick as he was sliding along the ice on his backside and chipped into the wide open net with 1:16 remaining in regulation.
That gave the Canucks a 4-2 lead. They would not relinquish, holding on for two points against the Flames.
Willie Desjardins records the win in his first game as an NHL head coach. Alex Burrows, who had his 2013-14 season ravaged by injuries, didn’t score his first goal until March 12 and was taken off the top line with the Sedin twins to begin this season, opened the scoring on this night for Vancouver.