Like you, I’m disappointed that the Canucks lost game one against the Kings on Wednesday, and I wasn’t impressed with how they played, beyond the performance of Roberto Luongo. But I’m not panicking and neither should you.
There are a couple big reasons. For instance, there is no possible way the Canucks will give the Kings more than twelve-and-a-half minutes on the powerplay including two 5-on-3s and a 5-minute major again. The Kings were certainly the better team in game one, but they won on the powerplay, scoring one goal with a two-man advantage and another during Bitz’s 5-minute major.
But here’s something else to consider: last year, three higher-ranked teams lost the first game of their round one playoff series. Two of those three went on to win the series; the other was the fourth ranked Ducks versus the fifth ranked Predators, so it was hardly an upset.
One of those teams was the Boston Bruins, who were shutout 2-0 in their first game of the 2011 playoffs. They actually lost their first two games against the Montreal Canadiens and had to go to overtime in game seven to win the series. In case you don’t recall, things turned out pretty well for the Bruins.
In 2010, the second place Chicago Blackhawks faced the seventh ranked Nashville Predators in the first round, and lost 4-1 in game one, albeit with 2 empty net goals. The Blackhawks went on to win the series in 6 games, then went on to win the Stanley Cup.
That’s right: the last two Stanley Cup winners lost game one of the first round.
That doesn’t mean too much at this point, considering 8 teams will lose game one, but it should give you a reason to calm down and unflip your pool. After all, the weather’s getting warmer and you’ll need that pool soon for swimming.Tags: Canucks, Flip the pool, playoffs