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Henrik Sedin posted three assists during a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild Saturday to earn his 500th point as a Vancouver Canuck.

Alex Burrows was quick to point out his adoration of the set-up twin. “Every play he’s so smart. Every time he gets it he’s finding ways to get it to the shooter, he sauces it through sticks or finds lanes to make the play and whether its on his forehand or backhand he’s able to make tape-to-tape passes.”

The Canucks opened the game like race horses out of the gate. Gillaume Latendresse received a penalty 1:13 in for interference, and it only took the Canucks 30 seconds to score with the man advantage.

The Wild got into more penalty trouble 4 minutes later, with Derek Boogaard getting the gate for roughing. Henrik Sedin again made his mark, setting up Mason Raymond for the 2-0 lead, another power play tally. Henrik, affectionately known in Vancouver as ‘Hank’, made the highlight reel with the seeing eye, behind the back dish.

Shane Hnidy cut the lead in half at 13:55 on a play with Martin Havlat and Kyle Brodziak, to give Minnesota some life. Despite the quick start, the Canucks had a lot of trouble in the faceoff circle, the Wild winning 49 of 68 draws in total.

The Sedin magic continued as Alex Burrows was the recipient of a pass from Daniel Sedin behind the net. Henrik initiated the play with an excellent move in the corner, determined to find his twin with the biscuit, and Daniel’s pass to Burrows found the net high to (Minnesota backup goaltender) Josh Harding’s glove side. The Wild refused to throw in the towel, though, having won 7 of their last 8 games. Martin Havlat, who had a goal and 2 assists, and was a plus 3, spotted defensive stalwart Greg Zanon in unfamiliar territory, -breaking to the net. Havlat slid him a pass that the Burnaby native somehow batted out of the air and off Luongo’s stick into the net.

With Havlat in the box for high sticking, the Canucks again staked themselves to a 2 goal lead on the power play. Ryan Kesler curled on the half-boards towards the point, took a pass from Mathieu Schneider, and ripped a laser wrister just off the inside of the post for his 7th of the year.

Martin Havlat tried to attone for his highsticking transgression, scoring with just over a minute remaining in the third, to make it a one goal game. But, just as Luongo had done much of the second period, he made the big saves when they needed it. With traffic in front, and an extra man on the ice for Minnesota, he saved a low hard slap shot, and somehow kept a bank shot from Eric Belanger at the goal line from going in.

“It’s fun, especially having all of them here in Vancouver,” said Henrik Sedin of his 500th point. “It’s a fun city to play in. I hope I can reach 600 soon.”

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Larenzo Jensen, with files from TSN, Yahoo! Sports and AP Photo

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