Canucks' Hansen hits one of those 'nice milestones' with 20th goal of season in win

 

 
 
 
 
Vancouver Canucks' Jannik Hansen, of Denmark, skates with the puck during the during first period NHL hockey action against the San Jose Sharks, in Vancouver on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.
 
 

Vancouver Canucks' Jannik Hansen, of Denmark, skates with the puck during the during first period NHL hockey action against the San Jose Sharks, in Vancouver on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.

Photograph by: DARRYL DYCK, Vancouver Sun

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Vancouver Canucks’ season is lost. But Jannik Hansen managed Thursday to make his special.

The 30-year-old with lightning feet and thunder hands, the Danish forward who never seemed to score as much as he should in the National Hockey League, reached the 20-goal mark for the first time by blasting a slapshot into the top corner of the net late in the third period to help lift the Canucks to a 4-2 win against the San Jose Sharks.

Hansen had been stuck on 19 goals since Feb. 21, shortly before a rib injury put him out of the lineup for 11 games, which contributed to the Canucks’ dive towards the bottom of the standings.

“At the end of the year or a couple of years down the road, it’s nice to say you scored 20 goals in the league,” Hansen, whose previous career-high was 16, said after the morning skate here. “When you look back, it’s nice to get those milestones.”

What if Hansen hadn’t been hurt just as the Canucks were sliding over the precipice? What if he had played more than just 17:12 of power play time this season — 12th among Vancouver forwards?

“If we could play what-if, I would start with the fourth or fifth game of the season when we started losing games we were leading in the third period,” Hansen said. “I think there are probably 20 points out there where, with a little more smarts, we would have had them.”

ANOTHER TAN-MAN: As unconventional as Canuck defenceman Chris Tanev’s route was to the NHL, he said his little brother, Brandon, overcame even bigger — or smaller — obstacles to earn the free-agent contract he signed Wednesday with the Winnipeg Jets.

Chris Tanev, 26, was out of competitive hockey for two years as a teenager before he sprouted toward his 6-2 frame. But he said Brandon, who is six feet and 170 pounds now, was out for three or four years before getting back into hockey seriously in the Ontario Junior-A league.

“He played more recreationally a little longer than I played,” Chris said. “I skated once a week or once every two weeks for those two years probably – just with my buddies having fun. I think his … might have been three or four years.”

Brandon Tanev, a winger who played for the Surrey Eagles of the B.C. Hockey League in 2011-12, chose Winnipeg over several other NHL teams after completing his fourth year at Providence College. He has joined the Jets, not their farm team. The Tanevs are from Toronto.

“That would be awesome to play against him,” Chris said. “Growing up, we were always skating together or practising together.

“He worked hard. He’s going to be with up with them the rest of the year, so hopefully he’ll have an opportunity to play a few games. That will be a dream come true for him, and everyone in our family is proud of him.”

The Canucks closely tracked Brandon’s senior season but did not offer the free agent a contract.

MORAL AUTHORITY: Canuck captain Henrik Sedin said he expected 19-year-old teammate Jake Virtanen would be suspended for his late, blindside hit on Sharks’ defenceman Roman Polak on Tuesday. The NHL assessed Virtanen a two-game ban.

Sedin has been candid publicly about the teenager’s transgression, and doesn’t think Virtanen has a problem with the honesty.

“I think Jake knows that it wasn’t a clean hit,” Sedin said. “He’s not going be one of those guys that runs around and does dirty things. He’s not going to cross the line very often. I think he has played hard the whole year, and nothing has really happened (before this). He’s fine.”

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Vancouver Canucks' Jannik Hansen, of Denmark, skates with the puck during the during first period NHL hockey action against the San Jose Sharks, in Vancouver on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.
 

Vancouver Canucks' Jannik Hansen, of Denmark, skates with the puck during the during first period NHL hockey action against the San Jose Sharks, in Vancouver on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.

Photograph by: DARRYL DYCK, Vancouver Sun

 
Vancouver Canucks' Jannik Hansen, of Denmark, skates with the puck during the during first period NHL hockey action against the San Jose Sharks, in Vancouver on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks #60 Markus Granlund shadows San Jose Sharks #50 Chris Tierney in there second period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
Vancouver Canucks’ Dan Hamhuis, centre, attempts to move the puck while being checked by San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday March 29, 2016.
San Jose Sharks #12 Patrick Marleau  is double teamed by Vancouver Canucks #60 Markus Granlund and #2 Dan Hamhuis in the second period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
Vancouver Canucks’ Alex Biega, right, checks San Jose Sharks’ Tommy Wingels during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday March 29, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks #29 Andrey Pedan ties up San Jose Sharks #50 Chris Tierney in the second period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
Vancouver Canucks #2 Dan Hamhuis chases after San Jose Sharks #12 Patrick Marleau in the second period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
A spectator is helped after being struck by a puck that went into the crowd as the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks play during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday March 29, 2016.
San Jose Sharks’ Logan Couture, second right, scores against Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Jacob Markstrom, of Sweden, while being checked by Alex Biega during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday March 29, 2016.
San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski, right, is stopped by Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Jacob Markstrom, of Sweden, as Alex Biega (55) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday March 29, 2016.
San Jose Sharks’ Michael Haley, right, lands a punch to the face of Vancouver Canucks’ Andrey Pedan as they fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday March 29, 2016.
San Jose Sharks’ Dainius Zubrus, centre, of Lithuania, attempts to kick the puck ahead while being watched by Vancouver Canucks’ Jared McCann, right, as Alex Biega, back left, is checked by Sharks’ Chris Tierney during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday March 29, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks’ Yannick Weber, left, of Switzerland, and San Jose Sharks’ Michael Haley battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday March 29, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom and San Jose Sharks #57 Tommy Wingels look for the puck in the second period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
Vancouver Canucks #41 Ronalds Kenins is hooked by San Jose Sharks #61 Justin Braun in the third period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
San Jose Sharks’ Michael Haley, left, knocks the puck into the corner while battling Vancouver Canucks’ Alex Biega during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday March 29, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks #2 Dan Hamhuis is man handled along the boards by San Jose Sharks #7 Paul Martin in the second period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
Vancouver Canucks #6 Yannick Weber crashes into the San Jose Sharks goalie James Reimer as #61 Justin Braun watches in the third period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
Vancouver Canucks #47 Sven Baertschi falls to the ice earning San Jose Sharks #61 Justin Braun a penalty in the third period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
Vancouver Canucks #60 Markus Granlund upends San Jose Sharks goalie James Reimer in the third period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
Vancouver Canucks #2 Dan Hamhuis crashes between San Jose Sharks #38 Michael Haley and goalie James Reimer in the third period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
Vancouver Canucks \v San Jose Sharks \s in the third period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
San Jose Sharks #19 Joe Thornton skates past goalie James Reimer who was upended by Vancouver Canucks #60 Markus Granlund (not in photo) in the third period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
San Jose Sharks #16 Nick Spaling clears a shot around Vancouver Canucks #53 Bo Horvat in the third period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
San Jose Sharks goalie James Reimer watches #38 Michael Haley shadow Vancouver Canucks #47 Sven Baertschi in the third period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
Vancouver Canucks #47 Sven Baertschi looks to pass around San Jose Sharks #68 Melker Karlsson in the third period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
San Jose Sharks #4 Brenden Dillon clears the puck around Vancouver Canucks #14 Alex Burrows in the third period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
Vancouver Canucks’ Jannik Hansen (36), of Denmark, checks San Jose Sharks’ Dylan DeMelo behind Canucks’ goalie James Reimer during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday March 29, 2016.
San Jose Sharks’ Michael Haley (38) and Vancouver Canucks’ Andrey Pedan fight as linesmen Ryan Galloway, left, and Trent Knorr, back right, and referee Kelly Sutherland (11) watch during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday March 29, 2016.
A spectator sports a cut above his eye after being struck by a puck that went into the crowd as the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks play during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday March 29, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks #55 Alex Biega ties up San Jose Sharks #57 Tommy Wingels in the second period of a regular season NHL hockey game at Rogers arena, March 29 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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