The Canucks' six-game winning streak came to an end on Friday night as they fell to the Dallas Stars 4-3 at Rogers Arena. However, there were a couple of silver linings in the loss. Friday marked the return of Ryan Kesler to the Vancouver lineup, as well as Henrik Sedin's record breaking night.
The big story of the night was Kesler's return to the Canucks' lineup. It seemed as if he hadn't missed a beat, making hits, blocking shots, and protecting his goalie. Don't expect to wait too long before Kesler nets his first goal of the season.
But on the night of Kesler's long awaited return, it was captain Henrik Sedin who stole the spotlight. At 3:21 of the second period, Henrik slid a beautiful pass across the ice to Alex Burrows for record breaking point. The point was number 757 of Henrik's career, making him the all-time leading scorer in Canucks history.
What ensued was emotional to say the least.
Fans at Rogers Arena gave Henrik a standing ovation that lasted for what seemed like forever. Those in the arena said that Rogers hadn't reached that noise level since the Stanley Cup Final in 2011. After several minutes, play was finally blown dead, and Henrik finally got the proper ovation that he deserved. A video was played of Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund congratulating Henrik on becoming the all-time leading scorer in franchise history.
The loss hurt, yes. It was another blown two goal lead, a theme that Canucks fans have seemed to become all too familiar with. But with the return of Ryan Kesler paired with Henrik's record breaking night, the loss somehow didn't hurt as much. After all, the Canucks are still in first place in the Northwest division.
The Canucks will finish up their four game home stand on Sunday against the Blues before a four game road trip beginning on Tuesday against the league leading Chicago Blackhawks, who still have yet to lose a game in regulation.
As the saying goes though, all good things must come to an end. Your move Vancouver.