The Sports Archives – Are the Sedins like the Stastnys of the 80s?

They say history has a way of repeating itself.  Back in the 1980s, three Slovak brothers, Peter, Anton and Marian Stastny, played for the Quebec NordiquesMarian Stastny was traded in 1985; however, Peter and Anton had contributed greatly to the Nordiques offense throughout the entire 1980s and helped move Quebec from bottom to top during that time.

In similar fashion, the Swedish Sedin brothers, Daniel and Henrik of the Vancouver Canucks, have been an offensive powerhouse during the first decade of the 21st century and have also assisted in making Vancouver a top contender in the Western Conference.

Daniel Sedin can be compared to Peter Stastny, a consistent and prolific goal scorer with a knack for finishing the play.  Henrik Sedin can be compared to Anton Stastny, a playmaker who racks up a ton of assists.  But the similarities don’t stop there, during the Stastny era, Quebec just couldn’t make it over the top during the playoffs and to-date, the same can be said of the Sedins and the Canucks.  The Chicago Blackhawks have been a thorn in Vancouver’s side and once again, Vancouver is in danger of an early exit to the 2011 playoffs after an amazing season.

The Sedins need a game like the Stastnys had on February 22, 1981 when Peter had 4 goals and 4 assists and Anton had 3 goals and 5 assists for a total 16 points as Quebec defeated the Washington Capitals 11 to 7!

What is different about the Sedins?  Nothing, they are identical twins!

The Stastny Brothers

Marian, Peter and Anton...the brothers Stastny!

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