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Discuss: Canucks stay alive, beat Kings to force Game 5

Apr 19, 2012, 1:09 AM EDT

The Presidents’ Trophy winners aren’t done yet. Thanks to some brilliant goaltending and the return of their top sniper, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Kings, 3-1, tonight at the Staples Center. Los Angeles now leads the series, 3-1, with Game 5 set for Rogers Arena Sunday.

A few things to mull over in the comments section:

—- Cory Schneider stopped 43 of 44 Kings shots, including a third-period penalty shot by Dustin Brown. Moments after Schneider stoned Brown, Henrik Sedin scored and Vancouver went up 3-1. Safe to say Roberto Luongo will remain on the bench Sunday.

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—- Daniel Sedin played for the first time since being concussed by Duncan Keith. Not so coincidentally, Vancouver scored twice on the power play after going 0-for-14 in the first three games.

—- The twins looked like their old selves tonight, especially late in the game. They kept possession in the attacking zone, made some pretty passes, and created scoring chances.

—- Given all the above, we’ll have to see how the Kings maintain their composure going forward. Remember, guys like Brown, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, and Jonathan Quick have never won a playoff series. If they lose Game 5, it could be panic time.

  1. vanchuk - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Powerplay is back, Kings are gonna have to stay outta the box in at least one of the next 3 games…

    • polegojim - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      Daniel’s return indeed gave them the boost we thought it would.

      But… sadly, too late.

  2. geostrophically - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    A bit disappointing to not see any sweeps happening in the first round, especially top contenders too. Won’t be able to see any eliminations until Friday (Penguins and Red Wings on the line)

    But this game, gotta give it to Schneider. He’s so much more consistent than Luongo.
    Daniel Sedin’s presence, I didn’t really expect it coming.

    Kings weren’t physical enough, what happened to the hits on Daniel Sedin that should have happened?

    • polegojim - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      But… sweeps aren’t good for anyone.

      Not the NHL and revs… not even the teams that win. Too much time off the ice is a bad thing during the playoffs.

      I like 6 game series…. which you’ll see against Canucks and Pens. Sid will be free to enroll in the next session of Tantrum Counseling, after mom is finished with his spankings.

      • geostrophically - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

        lol it’s just that the media has hyped up the sweep opportunity. It really could and should have happened.

        But I agree with you, Vancouver had too much time off last season, or they weren’t tested hard enough. Boston on the other hand had 7, 4, 7 playoff series, and they were the champion.

      • polegojim - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        True… and weird that all Western Conf = 3:1

        Canucks, Sharks, Pens = Done this weekend.
        Hate to see Kings, Blues, Flyers risk injury by letting it go 6 and only postpone the inevitable.

  3. micasa81 - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    It was great to watch the Sedins doing their wtf 2 foot passes like old times. Great goaltending from Schneider as usual. None of this will be enough to complete a comeback. Nucks had to take one of those first 3, I think.

    • elvispocomo - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:27 AM

      And if they hadn’t made two very poor plays that resulted in shortys by Brown, they probably would have won game 2.

      Vancouver is hardly favoured to win the series just because of this one win, but they are in a very good position to win at home and make it 3-2. That changes the series.

  4. kitshky - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Daniels presence was unreal tonight, the defensive coverage that Henrik gets when he’s on the ice compared to when he’s not is night and day. That first period was one literally could have been the worst period they played in all of the first 3 games, but 2nd on it was just a different story. Daniel looked like he had his timing back and they were just lights out as usual.

    They’ve managed to put a lil doubt and at least a little bit of pressure back on to LA, but that being said … 3 – 0 is basically an insurmountable mountain to climb.

  5. creasemasta41 - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Im alot more scared of a canucks comeback if they roll with schneider. He could steal a series just as easily as quick, and tonight he proved to be a game changer. The kings have a tough road ahead

  6. thehighcountrybear - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Don’t bank on Wings or Canucks going out anytime soon…Predators and Kings are living on borrowed time and both better pray they keep getting bounces as both are sorely over-matched man on man. If NBC is enjoying its ratings, watch what a potential Nashville v. Phoenix series does to the ratings; can you spell zzzzzzzz?

  7. blast126 - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    Will be a disaster if the best team on regular season have a early exit and now Vancouver will need a huge turn around to pass this round.
    Because of this situation Vancouver will have to play the 7 games and that will create physical disadvantage to them.

  8. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Where’s that idiot blomfeld now???

    • blomfeld - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      I’m right here Goldfish breath … so what, the Canucks have been thrown a bone ? … sweeping them wouldn’t have looked good anyway … and it would have been bad for “business” … but trust me, from here on, in there won’t be any more “nice guy” stuff …

      • cableguymike - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        You bringing flowers to Brown in intensive care today? Say hi for me.

  9. comeonnowguys - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Dead. Cat. Bounce.

  10. warpstonebc - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    It’s still going to be really hard for the Canucks. But the schedule is in their favour and if they can keep taking leads into the third… I like their chances of pulling this series out more the Detroit or Pittsburgh at least.

  11. bigbadbruins1968 - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Schneider played a great game and helped to postpone the Vancouver riots.

    • hystoracle - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      The Pitchforks and the torches have been put down for now. The City can sleep safe for at least a couple days.

    • cableguymike - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      • WeWantTheCup - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM

        WHAT!!!! other cities have rioted after sports events……..SAY IT AINT SO!!!! by reading on here I thought Vancouver was the only city to have a riot before!!!!

        One more thought, anyone else notice the change in Richards play since he and Kesler came together in game 2 and Richards ended up with a bleeding nose. I think he hurt his “snorting” nostril. He isn’t the same player when he’s not playing without a Columbian Head Cold. From the philadelphia flyers to the cocaine dealers in LA, we give you Mike Richards. Your Welcome. Business has never been better, even in La La land. Crackhead.

  12. oside760 - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    hey canucks fans, do any of you know the exact amount that you guys paid the refs?????

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