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Freaky Good
MICHAEL FARBER
May 04, 2009
The Canucks' Daniel and Henrik Sedin are beyond symbiotic: They skate on the same line, score the same number of points and play identity tricks on refs. They're also in the second round, so who cares if their coach can't tell them apart?
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May 04, 2009

Freaky Good

The Canucks' Daniel and Henrik Sedin are beyond symbiotic: They skate on the same line, score the same number of points and play identity tricks on refs. They're also in the second round, so who cares if their coach can't tell them apart?

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"I've got a 50-50 chance of being right," Vigneault says. "They'll say, 'No, no,' or 'Yes, yes.' When it's a serious moment, I'll say, 'Which one are you?'"

You want double jeopardy? In January the Canucks' Kyle Wellwood was nabbed on a too-many-men penalty when he thought Henrik, a fellow center, was coming off the ice. In fact it was Daniel, a left wing.

Once during the twins' second season, when Henrik was kicked out of a face-off circle, he skated around and went back to take the draw without the linesman being the wiser. Crawford recalls once airing out Henrik between periods for blowing coverage on a face-off. Then the coach stormed into the dressing room, where Daniel stopped him and said he was the one who had erred. Henrik had never said a word.

In fact, there are differences in how they look: Henrik has a broader forehead, a higher hairline; Daniel has a more angular face. "I could tell them apart, but only when they were together," says Nonis. "I used to half hope one of them would take a stick to the face. That way for the next few weeks, there would be a distinguishing mark."

Eligible for free agency on July 1, the Sedins are in hockey limbo. The twins could stay in Vancouver. They might go. The only certainty is, the twins will remain together. Package deal: two for the price of two. Says Henrik, "I don't think anyone wants us by ourselves."

Daniel and Henrik could become the evil twins if they bolt this hockey-first city, but for the moment they are revered as two-in-a-million guys. If Vancouver wins its first Stanley Cup this June, maybe Gillis can check with the estates of Jim and Jim to see if Henrik and Daniel can borrow those vintage light-blue Chevrolets for the parade.

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