Posted December 07, 2011 on AP on Fox

DENVER - OCTOBER 03: Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks takes a shot against the Colorado Avalanche during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on October 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Canucks 3-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Vancouver Canucks are starting to play more like the team that reached the Stanley Cup finals and less like the one that spent this season's first six weeks treading water. It's no coincidence the league's reigning Art Ross Trophy winner is leading the way. Coming off his first hat trick in more than a year, Daniel Sedin looks to help the Canucks to an eighth win in nine tries Thursday night when they open a five-game road trip against the Montreal Canadiens. With 17 assists during Vancouver's 9-9-1 start, Sedin wasn't playing poorly, but he also wasn't finding the back of the net. After finishing tied for fourth in the NHL with 41 goals last season - and finishing with a league-best 104 points - Sedin scored just six times during those first six weeks. The winger has doubled that total in his last four games, helping the Canucks (16-10-1) extend a run that has them again looking like one of the Western Conference's top teams. Sedin had his first hat trick since April 2010 i...
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