It couldn't have been scripted any better. Daniel and Henrik Sedin said farewell to the hometown crowd in a way that could only have written for a Hollywood movie. One nominated for an Academy Award on top of that. It was simply perfect, emotional, and will give you goosebumps. Just get ready for it.
The Vancouver Canucks faced the Arizona Coyotes in their last home game of the season, hence the last time the Sedin Twins stepped on hometown ice prior to their retirement, which will officially come Saturday night in Edmonton, where they will place the Oilers. When the game was tied 3-3 in the third period, there was only it could come to an end. And Daniel and Henrik made sure it did. Daniel scored the winning goal in overtime, off an assist from twin brother Henrik as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-3.
The Canucks came off the bench to mob the brothers in an intense celebration as hats littered the ice. Coyotes players banged their sticks in recognition and came down to congratulate the two star players once the Canucks had let them go. After the celebration Daniel and Henrik slowly skated around the arena, waving and clapping to the fans, and were asked many times to return to the ice to celebrate some more, as they were both named the only star of the night. Some fans loudly chanted "one more year."
How perfect is that?! The video might be longer than usual, but you will want to watch it over, and over again.
An emotional Daniel tried to explain how he felt once the puck went in the back of the net, but there was only one word he could say to the many media members present in the dressing following the game.
"Relief," he said. "I was happy. You couldn't dream of a better ending in this building, the last time we stepped on this ice.
"It was emotional."
Henrik could only agree with his twin brother, and knew the night would be special for the two of them no matter what.
"When I woke up this morning I knew it was going to be a big day," he added. "We tried to enjoy every minute of it."
Daniel finished the night with two goals. Henrik also assisted on his first goal in the second period which tied the game 1-1.
Drafted second and third overall in 1997, Daniel and Henrik announced Monday they are retiring after playing 17 seasons with the Canucks.
You can get some tissues now. We completely understand.