Henrik Sedin has been so good for so long that he is held to a different standard than most players. For starters, he's not allowed to be hurt.

The Canucks captain himself doesn't accept that kind of slackery. Sedin hasn't missed a National Hockey League game since the lockout. His red hair is actually rust because Sedin is made of iron.

Even when he is injured, he's not. He tolerates no excuses and has allowed himself no leeway for the many nights over the years when he is not fully fit.

Nights like these ones.

"Of course, there are going to be nights when you're not feeling 100 per cent; that happens to everyone," Sedin said Sunday after helping drive the Canucks to a 3-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks, opening Vancouver's first conference final series since 1994. "It's a tough sport and that's what you have to battle through. You still have to have high standards, otherwise … you might as well sit in the press box. My thing is, if you're out on the ice, you should be 100 per cent."

If Sedin isn't going to cut himself any slack, the rest us sure as heck aren't.

Our record is pretty clear on this.

Sedin had a goal and assist — both in the third period Sunday — which means he's the NHL's reigning Hart Trophy winner.

If he goes pointless in Game 2 on Wednesday, he's the Swede who has been blanked in seven of the last 11 playoff games.

And he's under contract for three more years at $6.1-million!

How did we get this way?