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Discuss: Kings put Canucks in 2-0 series hole

Apr 14, 2012, 12:59 AM EDT

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The same night the Stanley Cup favorites fell behind 2-0 in their first-round series, the Presidents’ Trophy winners did the exact same thing.

Indeed, the Vancouver Canucks lost, 4-2, to the Los Angeles Kings Friday at Rogers Arena.

The series shifts to the Staples Center for Game 3 on Sunday.

A few things to mull over in the comments section:

—-Remember when the Kings were going to trade Dustin Brown? Yeah, he had two goals and an assist tonight, and his two goals were scored shorthanded.

—-Speaking of those two shorthanded goals, the Canucks went 0-5 with the man advantage and are now 0-10 in the series. The power play was a huge concern for Vancouver down the stretch, and it’s carried over into the playoffs.

—-Jonathan Quick stopped 46 of Vancouver’s 48 shots.

—-Considering the Kings only lost twice in regulation in their last 14 games of the regular season, should we even be surprised they’re two games from eliminating the Canucks? Los Angeles is a good team that underachieved early.

—-If there wasn’t pressure on Daniel Sedin to come back from a concussion before, there is now.

—-Roberto Luongo kept the Canucks in the game early, but is there a chance Cory Schneider gets the start Sunday, if only to shake things up?

—-Vancouver was 24-12-5 on the road this season, the second best away record in the NHL.

  1. tru2joelu4eva - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    the kings can thank duncan keith for that

    • upyourstodd - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:06 AM

      Yes duncan keith is the reason why the canucks got completely out hustled

      • mgp1219 - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:13 AM

        Did you expect anything else from a Cannots fan?

      • paperlions - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:33 AM

        Wait….the Canucks outshot LA 48 to 26, spent all night in the Kings zone, and the Canucks “got completely out hustled”? Really? Looked to me like Quick stole a game for LA.

    • pepper2011 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      well then, thank you Duncan Keith! Right there is the problem; you lost one guy and now your team stinks? I might blame your GM who traded away a serviceable replacement for Sedin on that first line to try and make your team tougher. There in NO accountability in Vancouver. You will lose this year and the excuse will be that Daniel was out. Last year the Bruins punched you so you lost and your goalie stunk (B’s were without Horton and Savard-everyone forgets he is and was our #1 center – 85-100pts ) Next year it will be something different. Your team is soft. your defense is weak and you cheat. Being soft hurts you in the playoffs – Beiska is NOT a number 1 dman and neither are Hammuis or Edler. you have three 2-3’s and then pretty much nothing. Tanev-yuck, Ballard- double yuck; Rome- ahahaha and salo is a joke. You get all those diving and whining calls in the regular season and you win the presidents trophy, but you have no balls and you don’t get the calls in the playoffs because it’s the good refs, and the league is shown video of the cheaters. I am pretty sure a pittsburgh/vancouver stanley cup would destroy hockey in north america. might as well call it soccer on ice. thank you hockey gods. loved letang with the diving penalty last night and no mention on the broadcast. again, enjoy the presidents trophy.

      • kitshky - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        Breathe man …. we may disagree on what team we cheer for but no one wants to see anyone pass out and smack their head on anything.

        Get off last year wouldya, we’re all very happy for you guys to have a Cup, it’s what everyone wants, but now that the actual playoffs have started again lets focus on relevant series k? (in case you haven’t noticed the Canucks and Bruins arent playing each other right now.)

      • pepper2011 - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:28 PM

        yet, you still don’t address any of the issues… but, thanks I am breathing just fine. I was actually focusing of the series you are down 0-2 in. and realizing you team will never win because your soft and your D is weak. I didn’t mention your D from last year, I mentioned the guys playing this year and how your GM made a terrible trade getting rid of Hodgson, as he would fit in nice with Daniel out. READING COMPREHENSION> thanks

  2. mgp1219 - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Great start to the playoffs!

  3. barroomhero80 - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:07 AM


  4. trbowman - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    I hate to say I told you so, but….

    Of course, this baby ain’t over yet – but the Kings right now are playing like the team I and others thought they’d be coming into this season.

  5. bleed4philly - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Flyers and Kings Finals???

    • johnguelff - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      haha they will beat the casucks but ..have to get through detroit or st louis..not happening..

      • dannymac17 - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:36 AM

        Detroit is over rated, and the Blues have done barely anything for the past 7 years. I think they can beat both and beat both convincingly.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:40 AM

        …because their performance over the past seven years is such a huge factor in these playoffs.

      • dannymac17 - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:47 AM

        Yes, because they have had no playoff experience. Are you being a tool on purpose?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:29 AM

        I don’t think the whole ‘playoff experience’ thing is really that important. But it’s not like they have none. A lot of the guys from the 2009-09 team are back, Arnott and Langenbruner have their names on the Cup, and that Halak guy had a pretty good playoffs a couple of years ago.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:34 AM

        The 2009-09 team….dammit.

  6. blomfeld - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    “should we even be surprised ?”

    Despite your collective ridicule, derision, torment and disdain for the LA Kings and Elvis Presley who is the “King of Kings” … the answer to your question is no, as “you” people should not be surprised ! On two successive occasions now, we LA Kings have taken the fight to the enemy there on his high ground and we’ve carried the day. Now this contest reverts back to LA, where “we” will have the high ground … and trust me, no quarter will be offered. We’re still in the midst of this fight and so the less said the better. Nonetheless, tonight was not displeasing for those of us who are true Kings fans ! :) Let’s finish the job boys !

    • drewzducks - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      Thank you. Thank you very much.

    • jetspackers - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      Elvis was the King of Rock and Roll… he only sang about the “King of Kings”

    • kitshky - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      The King … wow.

      Ok not to look stupid(er?) but I just figured out why you keep playing Elvis videos ha ha. Whata schmuck.

  7. warpstonebc - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    On the bright side, it’s hard to find any part of the Canucks game that could be much worse. Sigh.

    It’s bizarre how everyone suddenly feels sorry for Luongo when it’s everyone else on his team choking.

  8. dukh8r - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    A Public Service Announcement: Canuck fan..don’t burn your town down.

    • tommytd - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:48 AM

      …and then ask the NHL to help them rebuild! This franchise is a joke. Looking forward to viewing the rest of the playoffs WITHOUT this miserable group!

  9. hockeyflow33 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Honest question, does anyone like Burrows? I couldn’t imagine having that asshat on my team and rooting for anything other than serious injury.

  10. vanfoodman - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    Oh goodness, don’t you have to win 4 games to take a series? Give it a rest ya sprinters, it’s a marathon. It ain’t over, til it’s over. Plenty of hockey to come.

    • polegojim - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      It would be easier to believe… if so many didn’t anticipate it…. and if the Canucks hadn’t forfeited most benefit of the doubt.

      Make no mistake, last years Cup loss was deeply painful. Daniel back in the lineup could change things… maybe. Henrik = zero goals without him.

      Canucks averaged 2.94 goals for and 2.22 goals against during reg season. That tight margin is hard to maintain during playoffs.

      I sincerely hope Daniel and Henrik don’t go down in NHL history as the two greatest sibling players… without the balls to bring home a Championship.

  11. neelyisgod - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    From the South Bay to the Valley
    From the West Side to the East Side
    Everybody’s very happy
    Cause the sun is shining all the time
    Looks like another perfect day
    I love L.A. ( WE LOVE IT)
    GO KINGS!!!!!

  12. tommytd - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    Canucklheads suck!

  13. interiorfan - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Wow! Feel the hate!

    • kitshky - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      No kidding eh … and I thought Canuck fans were the worst unsportsmanlike fans in the league? Weird.

  14. rap49er - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Don’t be surprised if it’s a #7 Vs. #8 Western Conference Finals. Go Sharks!!

  15. smithmike15 - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    I agree sharks vs kings in western conference finals let’s go sharks! This is out year!

  16. bruinsfan1953 - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Change goalies , that goalie you have is a waist of space , time and money . The Canucks will never go anywhere with that useless piece of sh**.

    • kitshky - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      ummm….have you watched this series at all?


  17. highlander24 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    @smithmike15 Yeah this probably will be out year like every other year has been for the Sharks.

  18. highlander24 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    As a Kings fan I’m really hoping to turn on the news Wednesday night and see Vancouver’s own fans destroying their city again. Then maybe they can ask to borrow our brooms to SWEEP it all up, then we can say “To everyone in Canada and around the world, you’re welcome.” But I’m only hoping. GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. dropthepuckeh - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Time to start planning the curfew now and turn on the video cameras and charge their batteries. Good night Vancouver!

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