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Henrik Sedin puts on show; Modano speaks

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It was an incredible night in the NHL on Saturday, with Mike Modano taking perhaps one last skate around an NHL rink, the Sedin twins absolutely dominating the Flames, Evander Kane going all Holyfield on Matt Cooke, and several teams locking up a playoff berth. Here’s some final notes on a great night of hockey.

Henrik Sedin says to Alex Ovechkin: “Now it’s your turn.”

Ovechkin had a one point lead on Sedin coming into the night, but Henrik decided he wasn’t going out with a fight. In a complete and frankly embarrassing dismantling of the Calgary Flames, Henrik and twin brother Daniel put on a show of incredible proportions. Daniel finished with a hat trick, while brother Henrik pitched in for four assists.

Here’s video of one of Daniel’s goals. This just isn’t fair, folks.

This gives Henrik a three point lead over Ovechking (112-109) for the Art Ross Trophy, setting up a great storyline for tomorrow’s Capitals game against Boston. Ovechkin needs just three points to win the trophy, as the first tiebreaker is most goals. Unless Crosby finds a way to get 8 points tomorrow, this will come down to Oveckin and Henrik.

It’s also tough to argue against Henrik Sedin for the Hart Trophy after tonight. I know that many are excited by Ovechkin’s great season, but there is absolutely no doubt how important Henrik has been to the Canucks all season long.

More after the jump, including the greatest hockey photo ever taken?

Evander with the KO:

Thanks to Ben Wright of the Blueland Blog (and taken by Thrashers fan Fred Johnson), we have thisgreat photo of the knockout punch delivered by Evander Kane on Matt Cooke:

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Some thoughts from Mike Modano:

Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune has some great post-game quotes from Mike Modano. Here is but a small sample:

(You looked gassed in the third period - was that old age?) There’s been games like that a lot this year. You don’t quite have that separation anymore from people with the puck. Sometimes I really wish I was in my prime playing here - to have that high level of playing in front of the fans here. Once I left it seemed to really take off for those next 16, 17 years. I wish I would have had some years here in the late 20s to kind of really show what we were doing in Dallas and how I was playing. Now, it’s tough. There’s games like that. But then there’s nights like the other night where you think, ‘Maybe there is some hope there left.’

Check out his story for much, much more.