So it was only fitting that on the night the longtime Vancouver forward saw his No. 16 jersey retired in a pregame ceremony, Daniel Sedin came through with two goals and an assist in the Canucks' 4-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers.
"It was a special night for him and for us, too," Daniel Sedin said. "Trevor meant a lot to this team and to my brother and myself. It was great to get the two points out of it for sure. We sat for 45 minutes or so, but guys were still pumped up. It was an emotional night, but the guys were prepared to play."
After a scoreless first period, the Canucks scored three times in the second. They outshot the Oilers 13-4 and capitalized twice on the power play.
Sedin opened the scoring 74 seconds into the middle frame, deflecting Alexander Edler's point shot into Dwayne Roloson's pads. Steve Staios hammered Sedin from behind, knocking him into Roloson and forcing the puck into the net.
Vancouver made it a two-goal lead three minutes later when Ryan Kesler caught Roloson scrambling and slipped a rebound under the sprawling goalie for his seventh of the season.
Sedin's team-leading 14th goal stretched Vancouver's lead to three with a little under four minutes to play. Sedin was almost parallel to the net, but found room above Roloson's left arm.
Edmonton cut the deficit to two early in the third period on Dustin Penner's ninth goal. The puck came out to Penner in the high slot and his wrist shot went off the stick of defenseman Kevin Bieksa and past a startled Sanford.
Edmonton made it 3-2 with 89 seconds left. With the Oilers on the power play and Roloson pulled for the extra attacker, Sam Gagner jumped on a loose puck in front and jammed it past netminder Curtis Sanford for his second of the season.
The Oilers threatened in the final minute, with Roloson still on the bench, but Jannik Hansen put the Canucks' victory away with an empty-netter.
Staios felt his team didn't respond very well, especially on the heels of a 9-2 loss to Chicago on Tuesday night.
"We played well at the end, played well enough to get back in the game," he said. "We had some good chances around the net but we needed more early on. We showed a little bit of bounce back from last night, which was a real tough night for us.
"We had some chances on the power play, as well. Our penalty killing wasn't great. We have to get our specialty teams to an elite level to get the success we want around here. That's just too important, and we aren't anywhere close to where we need to be, especially on the penalty kill."
Sanford made 25 saves and is 5-3 in eight starts since the Canucks lost All-Star Roberto Luongo to a groin strain on Nov. 22.
"I felt good in there," Sanford said. "I felt comfortable. It was a huge two points and the team responded accordingly.
"Our forwards did an extremely good job of helping our 'D' when we needed them back there. We played strong defensively for a full 60 minutes and were deserving of the win."
- Linden is only the second player in the Canucks' 38-year history to have his number retired, joining former captain Stan Smyl (No. 12).
- Salo's return to the lineup lasted only 38 minutes. Salo appeared to injury his ribs after being hit hard into the boards by Edmonton captain Ethan Moreau. O'Brien sustained a charley horse when he left midway through the first period following a hit from Edmonton LW Zach Stortini. Both players will be reevaluated on Thursday.