Top line a beast for Canucks 0
Oct 19, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save against Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler (17) during the overtime period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pens won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Some have nicknamed them "Beastmodo" — a combination of Ryan Kesler's beast mode-like performances and the Sedin's former team in Sweden — while some are going with "Rye and Ginger."
But call them whatever you want, the top line for the Vancouver Canucks is getting the job done.
Arguably one of the most stacked trios in the league, the Sedin-Kesler combo has been close to unstoppable since being placed on the same line by head coach John Tortorella.
The three players combined for four points Monday, leading the team to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals and handing Vancouver four straight victories. They have again been the model of consistency, led by Henrik Sedin's nine-game and Kesler's five-game point streaks.
"The biggest surprise was getting put on the wing," Kesler said of playing with the Sedins at first. "It's pretty easy to play with those guys, they're very smart players and you just got to read off of them.
"I'm running with it right now."
Coming off a third star of the week honour, Kesler has continued to be a scoring machine. He has five goals in the last four games and his eight goals overall has him tied with five others for third in the league. Meanwhile, Henrik is sitting second alongside Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos with 17 points, while Daniel Sedin isn't far behind with 14.
"This is maybe the best I've felt in my career so it's fun," Henrik said. "Overall, we're playing a more complete game than we have in the past. We're in a lot of situations in the game and it keeps you focused.
"(The line) has been working well, but we still have things we can get better at."
When Vancouver hosts the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night at Rogers Arena, the Canucks' top line could go head-to-head with Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
"You get up for those matchups," Henrik said. "If they do that tomorrow, it's going to be fun for us."
The winning goal against the Capitals was a perfect example of just how dominant that line can be, keeping the puck in the Washington zone for nearly a minute before scoring.
"I haven't seen a goal like that in a while, but it was a combination of a lot of different things," Tortorella said, adding he didn't have any idea how the line would pan out when he first put them together. "I wanted to try it and we were bouncing things around.
"As they have played, they've seemed to feed off one another and they've played well. I don't know how long that'll last, that could go away and we'll make adjustments as we go through it."