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Discuss: Kings eliminate Canucks in 5

Apr 22, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

Since the NHL switched playoff formats in 1994 — seeding teams one through eight in a conference format — the No. 8 seed has upset the No. 1 seed nine times in 32 tries.

On Sunday, the LA Kings made it 10.

The Western Conference’s eighth seed defeated the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in overtime, with Jarret Stoll providing the heroics just 4:27 into sudden death. The Kings will now face the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference semifinal.

Some talking points:

— Like he was all series long, Jonathan Quick proved a virtual brick wall in the Kings net. He made several huge stops to keep Vancouver from getting its second goal, including a breakaway save on Daniel Sedin late in the second period:

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Quick finished the night with 26 saves on 27 shots, and ended the series with a .953 save percentage.

— The Kings trailed until 3:21 of the third period when Brad Richardson jammed home the equalizer. It was Richardson’s first point of the series since returning from an appendectomy in Game 4 — he almost scored the winner in regulation, but his shot with 10 minutes to go in the third hit the post.

— The Canucks went 27-10-4 at home during the regular season. They went 0-3 in the playoffs.

— It promises to be a long, uncomfortable summer in Vancouver. There will be questions about Alain Vigneault’s job status and the future of Roberto Luongo, who was replaced by Schneider midway through the series as the Canucks’ No. 1 netminder.

— Since the format change, a No. 1 seed has never lost in five games. So the Canucks have that going for them, which is…something.


Vigneault can’t escape blame for Canucks failings

  1. upyourstodd - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Hey, at least the ‘Nucks won the beloved presidents trophy.

    • barkar942 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:07 AM

      Yes. I remember Torts saying how important it was to win The President’s Trophy”. He ranted and raved for hours in his pressers about the virtues of winning it so everyone can remember in June who won it!

      • upyourstodd - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:44 AM

        being the top seed in the playoffs, in some ways, is not something to be desired. The past two seasons the “Nucks have had to deal with the pressure of living up to their regular season pedigree. It comes to the point where winning the cup is more of a relief because of the expectations. Wait a minute, did I just defend the Canucks here? Woah….

  2. sjsharks66 - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    From a sharks fan thanks kings for kicking the Canucks out. Haha

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      from a fan that doesn’t like either the Sharks or Nucks because they both are overrated


  3. polegojim - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Great game – Daniel made the Canucks MUCH better.

    But…. I’m 3 for 3…

    Sharks OUT, check
    Pens OUT, check
    Canucks OUT, check – as has come to be expected. Time to change up.

  4. trbowman - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Waiting for Blomfeld!

  5. kitshky - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Blomfeld, this one’s for you … Ima go drown in some Jameson now.

    (yes I realize I coulda picked Willie but I like this version better)

    • blomfeld - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      God bless you friend … allow me to offer you the following in reply …

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      Solid painkiller choice, BTW.

  6. govtminion - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    For all the fun I’ve poked at the Canucks all season (Bruins fan, duh)… I’m truly shocked that they’re done. I figured the Kings would be a tough opponent, but… just incredible that they’re moving on.

    I can’t help but wonder where the Canucks would have been with Daniel in for the whole series… and wonder what that team will look like in October when they take the ice again.

    Congrats to the Kings! Good luck against the Blues!

    • ballistictrajectory - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:25 AM

      I have mixed emotions… I really wanted to see a rematch, but I also don’t want to hear any more about the sisters or how the refs are out to get them or whatever… Bottom line I’m glad they wilted. Bergie can get his nails done at a salon this year…

  7. drewsylvania - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:15 PM


  8. thehighcountrybear - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Cricket anyone…?

  9. oscojoe - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Well now we know the answer to the “Character Question” of the Vancouver Canucks. Losing all 3 home games emphatically answerd it. As a Bruins Fan it was no surprise. You can’t blame Luongo on this one. If it wasn’t for a Boston Boy (Shneider) they would have been swept!!!

    To Canuck Fan’s – Enjoy your 2nd straight Presidents Trophy.

    Question – Does the NHL let President Trophy “Whiners” hang a Banner???

  10. blomfeld - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    WE WIN ! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

    And we win in style ! Please pardon my briefness friends, as the sheer joy of this occasion has left me at a complete loss for words ! We’ve done it, just like I knew we would ! Hallelujah and praise be ! … Our LA Kings are victorious ! … and I love you guys man ! :)

    ps: a bonus fatwah for the excellent bloggers known as Trbowman and Kitshky:

    “may these decent men soon come to encounter armies of attractive women and lakes of fine wine … inshallah !” :)

  11. sigep316 - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Bring on the kings! LETS GO BLUES!!! In all honesty as a Blues fan I was happy that the Sharks got the #7 seed over the Kings. They can be a scary team as the Cunucks just witnessed. This will be a defensive battle series. Blues in 6!

  12. uscthom78 - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    2 girls no cup.

    • dukh8r - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      you mean the “Riot Cup” doesnt count?

  13. itsallniceonice - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    I bet PHT’s writers are pretty sad!! Hopefully the Bruins can make it a round or two longer so we can read some more “we all know that the Bruins are the dirtiest team in the league” articles.

    Quick stood strong, reminding us all why he should be the Hart winner, and the Kings found offense when needed. Quick will continue to stand strong but it all depends on the offense from here on in. They will dictate how far they travel. Better hope Richards heats up and is the playoff beast that he can be.

  14. micasa81 - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    That was the most exciting game of the series, even though my team got sent packing. Canucks really seemed like a different team with Daniel back the last 2 games, but you can’t flush the first 3 games away and expect to get back against a team/goaltender like the Kings/Quick.

    Oscojoe, thanks for coming out.

  15. barkar942 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    You know what is really unfair though? Philly banished Jeff Carter to Columbus after whatever crap went on in Philly with who evers wives or girlfriends or whatever, and he acts like such a wuss there for the season that they trade him to the Kings so he can be with his cohort Richards and now he makes the playoffs while more deserving people, like Rick Nash go home.

    • barkar942 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      But, Congrats to LA! Glad to see the Nucks gone.

    • namriverrat69 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:26 AM

      Grow up, this is the real world. How many athletes have pulled the “I’m not happy here so I am not going to play like I can.” Dwight Howard, Lamar Odom, Carmelo Anthony is only happy if he is the big and only Kahuna. Top players have leveraged coaches out for years. Magic leveraged Paul Westhead in LA over 30 years ago, just recently we had Dwight Howard leveraging out Stan Van Gundy. You see this stuff all the time. This is life. No one likes bratty athletes but they are a part of life and the landscape. If you can’t handle it I suggest you take up underwater basketweaving.

    • Doesnotmatter - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:14 AM

      Nash refused a trade to LA.

    • soro17 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Carter was useless all series. If he had someone else to play with Richards, or if it was the regular season, Sutter would have sent him to the press box. Of the Kings forwards, only three of them (Brown, Richards and Richardson) played well. They will need better than that against the Blues.

  16. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    BLOW THEM UP!! BLOW THEM ALL UP! PENS? NUKE EM! NUCKS? TO THE MOON! SHARKS? 1000lbs OF C4! AAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!! Total rebuilds for the lot! Amirite???

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:24 AM


  17. howardforvezina - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    lostpuppysyndrome im with you but you need more potent explosives like MOABs and fusion nukes. Soon they need to blow up the Caps and Devils.

  18. highlander24 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. warrenlevine - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    I’m glad they spared their fans the agony of having to lay out thousands of dollars for playoff tickets most of us can’t afford anyway before they choked; it’s a much more merciful end to the season than last year.

    I spent six-hundred bucks on a third-row ticket (face price, GREAT seat downstairs in the corner) to Game 7 last year, and ended up practically having to race out of town because some of the other fans decided to burn down the city. Morons.

    When they sing their National Anthem, they literally shout the word “FREE” and then they go out and act like they should be behind bars.

    Have a nice golf season, eh, Canuckleheads. I heard the Sedins had a tee-time for Tuesday.

  20. thehighcountrybear - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Perhaps Kitshy and Blomfeld should get a room…

    • blomfeld - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      “Now on the first tee … the Sedin twosome, joined by the “Liberace” single and the “Highcountrybear” single” …

  21. vshehane - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    Redwings OUT Check

  22. donttoewsmebro19 - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Not a canuck fan by any means actually quite the opposite being a hawks fan. But i hate to see a series end on a blatant no call. The kings forward strips the puck fine but then goes on to knock down the canuck defense men by putting a stick between his legs. To trip him and as hes falling down he hooks him violently making sure he cant get back in the play. Causing a two on one. I’m sorry but if your the refs you have to make that call especially when a teams season is on the line. like it or not the Canucks were the best team in the regular season and deserved a fair chance at getting a game 6. And just to try and create a better fate then they got. Once again the disgraceful officiating strikes again. These playoffs have been disappointing with the skilled fun team to watch being replaced. By boring defensive, goon style teams that like to score 1 or 2 goals. Then play ping pong style hockey , You come in my zone i dump the puck out.Neutral zone clogging,trap style garbage hockey . No one wants to watch a game like that. If i wanted to watch something boring that will put me to sleep i would watch baseball.

    • micasa81 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      Nope, sorry, I can’t even let my own team off as easily as you are. That would have been a very dubious call on Hamhuis had it been made. And if it had, and the Canucks stayed alive, then what? Kings *still* would have had 2 more chances to finish them off.

      Attacking hockey is fun to watch, but seeing an attacking team’s attack get silenced and their defence exploited…well, I’m sure the Kings fans can say that’s pretty fun to watch too.

    • soro17 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      Agree and disagree. Officiating did not lose the Canucks the series, they simply did not play well enough. Agree that it is disappointing to see coaches like Sutter, Hitchcock, Trotz and Tippett rewarded for their absolutely mind-numbingly boring style of hockey. Collapse 5 guys in front of the net, chip the puck out, line 5 up on the blue line, wait for mistake, repeat ad naseum.

      Never thought I’d say it, but go Hawks! You are a last hope for entertainment in the West. A Hawks-Philly final is the best we can hope for I suppose.

    • jeffrp - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Nope. Watch the replay

      Lewis’ stick never goes between Hamhuis’ legs and there is no hook, Hamhuis grabs Lewis stick as he’s falling but he was already going down.

  23. jericoc - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    This is why you can’t make too much of the President’s Trophy. A team like the Canucks can pick up points virtually every night playing in a woeful division like the Northwest. It makes it all but impossible to gauge their relative strengths and weaknesses until the postseason rolls around …

  24. mgp1219 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    The Vancouver CANNOTS live up to their name…they cannot win a cup!
    Best team in the league? Right…..regular season.

    President’s Trophy..they’ve got that going for them. So long. Someone please let me know when the parade is.

    • salmon90 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Nice! a parade joke. Those ones are so awesome.

    • soro17 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      The Canucks went out of their way to try and not win the league this year. They were absolutely terrible for the last month, but each of the other top teams seemed to want it even less.

  25. hockeyknowledge - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    what about the refs?

  26. bleedingteal4life - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    The Canucks showed their true colors this year. 1st seed getting knocked out by 8th?? That’s ridiculous. Makes me embarrassed that the Canucks knocked out the sharks last year. Between the sedin’s and luongo, they got what they deserve.

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