I Watched This Playoff Game: Canucks vs Los Angeles Kings, April 13, 2012

After Thursday, many wondered if there was anything on this planet more offensive than the Los Angeles Kings’ official Twitter account. It would appear there is: the Vancouver Canucks’ powerplay, which generated little else but goals against Friday, and cost the team a game 2 in which they otherwise played well.

Now, let’s not panic. Sure, prior to Friday night, the Canucks had never opened a playoff series by losing the first two games at home. But, on the bright side, the Canucks have also never lost a playoff series after losing the first two games at home. So you can understand why I’m so optimistic; I watched this game!

Canucks 2 – 4 Kings

  • Okay, so the playoffs haven’t started all that great (especially for a guy that picked the Canucks and Penguins to meet in the Stanley Cup Final for Puck Daddy), but there are plenty of teams who dropped the first two games of a series and went on to win it. The Boston Bruins did it twice last postseason, once in the Stanley Cup Final (you might remember). Or, going a little further back, recall that the Detroit Red Wings did it to an eighth-seeded Canuck team in 2002. So there: two of the most devastating playoff losses in Canuck history featured blown 2-0 series leads. Our failures give us hope!
  • People are going to congratulate the LA Kings on their expert scouting of the Canucks’ powerplay, especially after Anze Kopitar intercepted a sloppy Alex Edler drop pass on the Kings’ first shorthanded goal. But let’s get real: everyone knows about the drop pass. My wife knows about the drop pass. It’s not hard to guess that the Canucks might employ the same zone entry play they’ve employed exclusively for two years. That’s like predicting that Ash Ketchum will attempt to catch ‘em all.
  • For what it’s worth, I found Mason Raymond’s attempt to wipe Kopitar out with a body check on that play just as bad as the Edler drop pass that preceded it. Not only did Raymond whiff, but he would have gone flying about 14 feet backwards if he hadn’t. That was never the right idea.
  • Man alive, did Jim Hughson ever get ripped for blowing the call on that goal. Granted, it was pretty bad. Shortly after Edler and Raymond blew it, the puck came to Dustin Brown, who fired it over a prone Roberto Luongo. Chris Tanev attempted to snatch it out of mid-air — a feat that would have been downright incredible if he had done it — but he didn’t, a fact that Hughson missed, raving about the save until Craig Simpson corrected him. But it got worse. When he got home, Hughson and his wife finally sat down to watch this week’s American Idol results show, where he ranted about the judges not saving Jessica Sanchez. 0-for-2.
  • Give some credit to the Canucks: they came out strong (or literally on fire, as Kevin Weekes might say) in all three periods, even creating a game-tying goal 17 seconds out of the first intermission. Great job by Henrik Sedin to corral the loose puck at the top of the zone and send it in front to Jannik Hansen in one fell swoop. Equally great job by Hansen to rappel down from the rafters, take out two security guards with karate chops, then nunchuk the puck up and over Johnny Quick’s stick and into the goal. Classic Danish ninja.
  • I’ve said this before, but the real problem with the powerplay right now is that it’s designed for two Sedins; Henrik misses his brother like crazy. It’s not just on the man advantage, either. There was one shift in particular where the captain darted back and forth behind the net, seemingly in the hopes that Daniel would magically appear to him like a Force Ghost. Sadly, Daniel never did, and Henrik had to console himself after the game by listening to some Elton John.
  • Roberto Luongo has been the Canucks’ best player bar none through the first leg of this series. Still, I’m okay with going to Schneider for game 3 for two reasons: first, because he might shake things up, and second, because if he doesn’t, maybe everyone will shut the Hell up about it.
  • Alex Edler, on the other hand, has been the Canucks’ worst player. I don’t know what it is about him, but he becomes so jittery in the postseason. Friday, he coughed up more pucks than a kid that ate a bunch of pucks.
  • The only thing on the backend worse than Alex Edler’s play: the Captain Planet of terrible that gets summoned when Keith Ballard and Kevin Bieksa unite. That was the two of them diving all over the crease like a couple of buffoons on the Kings’ 4-1 goal. Oliver Stone could remake Natural Born Killers with these two in the lead roles, that’s how horrible they are for one another.
  • I chuckled when Trevor Lewis gave Luongo a snow shower and the Rogers Arena crowd went nuts, thinking it should be a penalty. Frankly, I thought Ryan Kesler’s snow shower from Thursday shouldn’t have been a penalty, but this one wasn’t even close to the level of that one. Heck, Lewis’s hard stop was such a light dusting of snow that Bruce Garrioch claimed it wasn’t Canadian.
  • I’m so very tired of the green men, but their set piece with the picture frame and the both of them in posing in blazers was excellent.
  • It didn’t mean much, but Samme Pahlsson got a late one to cut the lead to 4-2 while playing on a blended line with Zack Kassian and Mason Raymond. The goal came after Mike Richards batted a Keith Ballard point shot out of mid-air, only to wind up dropping it in front of Pahlsson’s stick. It was the only gloved punch Richards didn’t get away with.
  • For what it’s worth, the Canucks outplayed the Kings tonight at even-strength. They outshot the Kings 48 to 27, outchanced them, outhit them, and outworked them. If they play like that again in Game 3, minus the garbage barge powerplay, they’ll be just fine.
  • One forward who was decisively not good for the Canucks tonight: David Booth. He was throwing the body around fantastically, but he often sacrificed possession of the puck to do so, and was only one of two Canuck forwards to finish the night without a shot on goal. The other was Manny Malhotra, who does other things. Booth really does just one thing. He can’t have zero shots. More than likely, that will lead to zero goals.
  • On the flipside, linemate Ryan Kesler was doing everything. He looked excellent, with 6 shots, 3 hits, 4 takeaways, a blocked shot, and 13 of 25 faceoffs, including 7 of 11 in the offensive zone. The dude filled up the sheet like he was dressing like a ghost for Halloween.
  • And finally, do I think the Canucks are down 2-0 because the Kings just want it more? No, because I’m not a bonehead.
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59 comments

  1. Showbot
    April 14, 2012

    Kind of on the same wavelength about Schneider. Honestly, I love the guy. And I’d like to see him start Game 3. But I’m just not sure he’s ready for this kind of stage, this kind of pressure. I’ll happily be proven wrong, but by no means is there justification for people crapping all over Lu for his play, because… yeah. Gimme a break.

    Also, might I note that I found the Ballard/Tanev pairing amusing and refreshing. Definitely happy to see Ballard back in the lineup. And that I’m noting a rather consistent failure on the part of both Bieksa and Edler. Yes, we needed someone to replace Erhoff’s scoring, or Hodgson’s scoring, but did we need to replace their sloppy defensive play as well?

    Maybe we’ll see Rome and Alberts replace Edler/Bieksa? Incredibly doubtful, though, but it would certainly be hilarious.

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    • John in Marpole
      April 14, 2012

      Luongo has been the least of the worries so far, so I don’t think there is a need to make a change in goal other than as a shake-up.

      That said, Schneider more than proved he was up to pressure situations when he won in Boston this season.

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  2. Jezz
    April 14, 2012

    surely ‘offensive’ is the wrong word to describe the canucks’ powerplay… am i right?

    i was certain before this series began that the man advantage would be the difference. nevermind the goalies, the home games, the canucks’ depth, the kings’ defence. i was dead set that our powerplay would pick up when it was crunch time, and just like that, the kings stifling 5-on-5 play and uncanny goaltender would be an irrelevance.

    i take little consolation that i was right about one thing.

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    • Brent
      April 14, 2012

      Can we just refuse power plays? If we did, we might have won.

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      • John in Marpole
        April 14, 2012

        I play on a team which has a habit of scoring more goals short-handed than on the power play (!) . With this challenge in mind I’ve suggested – more serious than not – that in lieu of being able to decline penalties, perhaps someone should deliberately take an offsetting penalty as soon as the official indicates one on the opponent…

        AV is more than welcome to embrace that strategy if he likes it.

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        • FerenczyRAM
          April 14, 2012

          Brilliant! We could surely beat them 4 on 4 – with Daniel back

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    • natevk
      April 14, 2012

      I don’t know, the powerplay definitely “offended” me…

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  3. Snepsts
    April 14, 2012

    Power play. Fix it. Period.

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    • Nick
      April 14, 2012

      It would be completely unjust to pin this all on AV, but I really wonder about the powerplay coach, Newell Brown.

      The crazy back passes he has Edler making on every PP before entering the offensive zone not only don’t work well, but are so predictable that the other team are even starting to anticipate them and pick them off to score shorties.

      Brown has had one of the worst PPs in the league since the all-start break; and, instead of choosing a set forwards and point men who can work together game after game to develop chemistry, he still can’t figure who should be out there.

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    • Snepsts
      April 14, 2012

      Oh, and to contribute: Edler coughed up more biscuits than the Cookie Monster suffering from norovirus.

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  4. Chris B
    April 14, 2012

    Get Thomas Drance in here – how often does the team with 48 shots lose? Quick has to come down to earth somewhat. Although a lot of those shots were of the throw it at the net get a rebound variety, he simply cannot prevent rebounds like that again.

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    • Nee
      April 14, 2012

      However, it was mentioned last night that 12 of those shots came with the score at 4-1, near the end of the game, when typically the other team lets their foot off the gas.

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  5. Locky
    April 14, 2012

    Disagree with you on Booth. Saw some excellent board-work and really liked the hits. He should not be so one-dimensional as to go to the net every single time. He’s a solid dude, if he uses the body well it may give the opposition pause and give him space.

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  6. obituary mambo
    April 14, 2012

    I know the Canucks’ power play has been sketchy of late, but I didn’t realize it was broken; the damn thing is quite likely to give me night terrors. That said, the Canucks were undeniably the dominant team at even strength. The AmEx line looked great as a cohesive unit, though I agree that Booth needs to focus more on shooting. Still, I liked his energy and it’s just a matter of time until that line catches fire. Once again Lu was amazing, but, based on last night’s commentary, that may not matter.

    I was pleasantly surprised at Bruce Boudreau’s lack of antipathy for the Canucks. What a revelation! Given his Presidents’ Trophy winning team’s lack of success, I’m not sure the Canucks should look to him for advice. However, it was definitely a nice change of pace, especially given that PJ Stock was behaving as an even bigger twerp than usual.

    I’m still trying to figure out the right combination of clothing and jewelery. I bought some new blue and green accessories yesterday, but I didn’t break them out for the game. I will definitely be rocking them for game 3, though.

    The Canucks are the superior team; there is absolutely no reason to panic. I’m staying far away from other hockey sources because I don’t want haters and naysayers to interfere with my optimism. Go Canucks!

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  7. obituary mambo
    April 14, 2012

    I totally forgot to mention Ron MacLean’s revulsion at introducing the Burrows feature. That was priceless!

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    • Brent
      April 14, 2012

      I know that many of us are focusing on the pathetic power play. This goes deeper than just the loss of Daniel, it has been under-performing for quite a while and if we remember back, did not perform in the SCF.

      I actually think this is less of a problem that the defence. I think the biggest difference in the series right now is that their defence are outperforming our defence. We get very few quality scoring chances and little in the way of access to rebounds. Their defence seems to remains clam and composed when we are pressing while ours seems to get out of position and then have to dive and flop around to try and take away scoring changes. (I generally think it is a bad idea to dive over Luongo to try and take the man which interferes with his ability to get up). And this isn’t even talking about the brutal turn overs. This brings us back to the Hodgson trade (I know, I know, why go on about it now). Before, many of us thought that we were going to get a solid stay at home defenceman, we didn’t and I think we are paying for that right now.

      So what do we do? I doubt the power play is going to improve suddenly, the Kings have a great PK that we just have a lot of trouble dealing with. I think this is more of a coaching issue, we certainly have the talent. Hopefully they try some different stuff, but getting more shots on net would be a good start. Defence is more of an immediate issue. Edler needs to sit, he is not helping us at all, maybe sitting 1-2 games will improve him. Rome played solid in game 1, bring him in. Not sure what other changes to make. Salo is certainly not himself, but who else to we bring in who will be better. Certainly not Gragnani. I would say Alberts, he certainly has the size to clear out the front, but obviously lacks the offensive side.

      So I will be very interested to see what changes AV makes for next game. I don’t have a problem with starting Schneider. Lou has played great but a change can be a good thing and I doubt he will hurt us. I also think he deserves a playoff start and we may be running out of time. However, I suspect AV will go with Lou and then if we lose, Schneider in game 4.

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      • Brent
        April 14, 2012

        Two things:
        Sorry this is so long and sorry it was a reply to Obituary, meant to have it on it’s own, at the bottom.

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  8. jenny wren
    April 14, 2012

    Again he gives the puck away!
    The early lead is to LA,
    and whither went our power play?
    (so i ask you skeeter dan,
    if to panic now i can?)

    I guess not just seconds in,
    Jannik from our only twin!
    Mayhap we might go on to win.
    (except another power play
    shorthanded goal scored by la.)

    After the game which LA won,
    Some are convinced that we are done,
    A truncated playoff run.
    (will this tenacious checking team
    so shortly end vancouver’s dream?)

    Jenny Wren

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  9. Lenny
    April 14, 2012

    Does any one else think that we got out coached and out gamed? It feels like we have to scramble to get out of the zone, scramble to go through centre ice, scramble to enter the LA zone, scramble to get anywhere near Quick. Whereas LA is just going through the practice drills to get us in trouble.

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    • John Andress
      April 14, 2012

      I am sure that a few folks think that way but they, like you, are completely wrong.

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      • Lenny
        April 14, 2012

        I might’ve been exaggerating but the Kings got us figured out good.

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  10. Zach Morris
    April 14, 2012

    On the Vancouver Sun website:
    POLL: Is Vancouver’s NHL season over?

    Let us take a deep breath, Tony Gallagher et al.
    Vancouver’s NHL season is decidedly not over; at the very least, the Canucks have two more games in which to show us the confidence and skill that made them back-to-back President’s trophy winners.
    Breathe, Team 1040 callers.
    The Penguins, widely picked to win the Stanley Cup, are also in a 2-0 hole after being stunned at home. Is their season over? Are they packing it in? Have their fans given up hope?
    Exhale, bandwagon fans.
    That Lapierre jersey you just bought will get some good use yet.

    Two games is neither impossible nor unlikely to come back from.
    If we play like we’re the better team in front of our home away from home fans in Los Angeles, we can do this.

    Just breathe.

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  11. Chinstrap Joe
    April 14, 2012

    After Newell Brown designed this powerplay two years ago, it was killer for about a season and a half. It seems now that teams have figured out how to defuse it and (like last night) exploit it. You can’t place too much blame for lack of power play success at the feet of an injured Danny as the power play started dying a slow death after the Boston game in January. Fix it Newell…

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    • Rituro
      April 14, 2012

      This is what infuriated me so much about the Boston series: they figured out our game and adapted to counter it while AV, Brown et al did nothing to adapt in response. Same old, same old, which gave the B’s all the advantage they needed to run us into the ground.

      It’s happening again against LA. My fingers are beginning to grip the pool edge. Please, please, please fix it, AV & Co…

      (Also, why all this “start Schneider” nonsense? Lu is in playoff beastmode circa five years ago. Let him run.)

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      • taco
        April 14, 2012

        You must be kidding! Beast mode? I would lay two goals directly at his feet, which by the way we all know is the best place to put them. I am not a loo hater by any means but how long can a goalie lay on his stomach before the other team scores? Don’t kid yourself, that last wrap around goal was critical. And, I just don’t see snider letting that happen. Tomorrow will be a new day. I hope.

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  12. Brosef Stalin
    April 14, 2012

    As much as I agree that this team needs a shake up, I really don’t think that putting Schneider in for Lou is the way to do it. Lou seems to be the only guy on the ice who has given a rat’s ass for the last two games, the rest of the team needs to get the same mentality going on a consistent basis. As much as I love making the Schneider zealots (Schneiderlots?) shut their mouths, I fear they would just re-open them going “I TOLD YOU SO!” And nobody likes a know-it-all (especially when most of them are just sheep bleating to the goalie controversy media train)

    If this team needs the coaches and management to shake them up to get them going, I don’t think they deserve to beat the LA Kings. (And this is coming from a guy who bleeds green and blue as much as the next guy)

    On a side note, Edler had his (arguably) strongest post season against the Kings two years ago. Why can’t he do the same this year?

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  13. TubaNat
    April 14, 2012

    I forgot just how much I enjoy playoff hockey, and just how much I hate the endless stress that hangs over me between games for (hopefully) the next two months… Still, wouldn’t have it any other way (although I would have a few wins or 16)

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  14. Governor of Vancouver
    April 14, 2012

    Please Vancouver just lose it in 4 straight in LA, I would like to save our city!

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  15. Chris the Curmudgeon
    April 14, 2012

    As is my wont, I think I need to complain about the Canucks’ extreme lack of playmaking ability. With Daniel hurt and Cody traded, the team has only one bona fide playmaker on their entire team, Henrik Sedin. For all the comments about Cody playing “sheltered” minutes, the Canucks did an excellent job of not gaining the zone and getting scored on in those sheltered minutes yesterday.

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    • Dougster
      April 14, 2012

      The Canucks don’t need a “playmaker” like Cody.. What they need more of is better play from the D especially on breakouts and in the offensive zone. I am mystified to see what has happened to Edler, from the last 20 games until now. The guy has lost his confidence completely and it is affecting all the pairings. The Canucks are at their best when the D is actively involved in the up ice pressure AND maintaining their defensive responsibilities. We aren’t seeing that at all, but we know these guys are capable and can get it done!

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    • Chris the Curmudgeon
      April 14, 2012

      I fail to understand why you put playmaker in quotations. Cody was an excellent puck distributor in the offensive zone (he could also shoot a little bit). The Canucks have put a lot of shots at the net but few have really challenged Quick, and a big part of that has to be the current roster’s inability to create mismatches and odd-man attacks with their passing game. A big part of that is from the back end, but having a forward corps full of plumbers doesn’t help either.

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      • dougster
        April 14, 2012

        Well, here’s the thing about Cody. For all of those people in who thought he should be “forever a Canuck” (and I assume you are a card-carrying member of that club) I point to what he did when he got to Buffalo. With more ice time, more PP time, and more responsibility he did what exactly? In the last must-win game his line read no points, no shots, over 2 minutes of PP time. We don’t need more of that on the our team. The guy was a weak link in the only role he could play on the Canucks, behind Henrik and Kes.

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  16. Phileo99
    April 14, 2012

    Good IWTG writeup. I agree about Edler. He really needs to stop making those drop passes. The whole LAKings team have it soooo figured out are just dying to snack on it.
    This playoff series is about a game of adjustments The coaching staff is responsible for coming up with the adjustments to overcome LA’s forecheck. By bringing in Ballard, reuniting the AmEx line, and moving Hansen to the 1st line, I think they did make that adjustment successfully. However, Newell Brown is responsible for making adjustments to the PP. I feel that did not happen by a long shot. Despite being the better team, the Canucks are being outcoached by Darryl Sutter because LA is playing their system better. Sutter has the Canucks figured out, but AV, and more specifically, Newell Brown, is not even close to figuring out LA.
    And you’re right, the Canucks PP was designed for two Sedins. Their whole wizardous Sedinery was intended to get an opposing player out of position so that they can feed it to the open Canuck player. If Daniel is not available for Game 3, then how will they fix their PP? Not sure what the answers are, but I think they should start practicing their PP breakouts more as a unit. I also like the idea of Hamhuis and Salo on the point. Until D.Sedin is back in the line up, maybe they should design their PP around Salo more, so that he can unload his cannon. Having all these weapons without having a plan on how to best utilize them is again, the fault of the coaching staff ie. Newell Brown. The key to Game3 will be the PP. Just a thought.

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    • peanutflower
      April 14, 2012

      Yes, it was kind of sad to see Henrik dipsy doodle all over the place and have masterful puck possession and not see anyone to pass to. I felt sad…

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      • Abby W.
        April 14, 2012

        Yes. It was very apparent that he was missing Daniel today. Especially in the part where he was going back and forth behind the net, trying to find someone to pass to. And hten he did, and it went to a Kings player. You could just SEE his frustration. Poor ‘Anky

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    • Nick
      April 14, 2012

      The biggest Edler mystery to me is why AV doesn’t get in his grill and tell him directly “Stop making those back passes. You’re not good at it. You’re killing us. Don’t ever make them again.”

      A close second would be why Edler isn’t permanently paired with a partner who complements him and covers for him when he takes risks and brings out the best in him … Salo is best, but even Tanev would could do this.

      Pairing him with Kevin is not much safer than pairing him with Gragnani.

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  17. TIM DOUBROFF
    April 14, 2012

    At least last Friday (week ago yesterday) we knew there would be a Resurrection to celebrate on the following Sunday. Will the Canucks pull off a resurrection this Sunday when they appear to be crucified and buried by so many of the media and the masses? Go Nucks! Go King of kings!

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  18. sarah
    April 14, 2012

    Guys, I’ve seen this before. Edler is going to score from near centre and then all will be right! Right?

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  19. Mushmouth
    April 14, 2012

    A couple of thoughts while watching that game…we saw Torts and Laviolet both use early time outs to settle their teams down this week, did it never occur to Coach V that when the Canucks were running around like headless chickens making wild

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  20. Mushmouth
    April 14, 2012

    Cont’d passes that connected less than my Telus 3G iPhone that some settling down was just the ticket?
    And why do the Nucks point men seem to be the only ones in the NHL who aren’t aware of how effective one timers are at creating chaos in front of the opposing team’s net?

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    • Lenny
      April 14, 2012

      The Kings got our points covered just about every time Hamhuis/Bieksa/Edler/Salo has the puck, but still I agree that they should at least try to just direct the puck towards the net more instead of going D to D.

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      • Mushmouth
        April 14, 2012

        Good point but maybe the Kings feel safe sending guys to cover our point men because they know that all our D will do is pass the puck back and forth ad nauseum and will NEVER shoot it.

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  21. Zzapptor
    April 14, 2012

    Lu is not the problem. We were outplayed on Thursday night and without Lu we would have given up two or three more goals. Last night we played sloppy and Brown made us pay for it. We have to stop whineing about who is not in the lineup and get down to playing playoff hockey. For an 8th seed the Kings look like the more seasoned team. They have one of the best young goalies in the NHL and we need to start playing with that in mind.

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  22. a
    April 14, 2012

    Great IWTG! One thing I found interesting, as Daniel mentioned in the last IWTG and I silently agreed with him, Craig Simpson sees embellishment everywhere! In this game there was a time where Mason Raymond had the puck behind the net and with an LA Kings player right behind him, he attempted a wraparound and fell/tripped on the net and the refs gave us a powerplay. Simpson then started raving about how pretending to fall and get the call was the smart thing to do and I was just laughing thinking “have you SEEN Raymond play at all this year?” He trips/falls over open ice! If he hasn’t fallen at least once a period something is wrong. Heck someone even tried to start a Raymonddown.com for charity like harrnelldown.com! We call him bambi for a reason. Of all the people who should get the benefit of the doubt when falling, it’s him.

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    • Abby W.
      April 14, 2012

      Yeah, I noticed that too. (much as I think Raymond gets too much anger for his play). Simpson went on and on about it!

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  23. mathonwy
    April 14, 2012

    The power play will be the death of this team. The Canucks are better than the Kings 5on5 but when they draw a penalty because of a really good shift, all the positive momentum is stopped dead in its tracks by a brutal power play. Instead, the Kings GAIN momentum from a fantastic penalty kill and the Canucks spend the next 2 or 3 shifts trying to get it back.

    Rinse and repeat.

    THIS IS NOT A NEW REALIZATION AND THIS HAS BEEN HAPPENING SINCE JANUARY. I am extremely disappointed in our coaching staff for not recognizing this and making changes because it’s been very obvious to me as a fan. And that god forsaken drop pass that everyone and their dog knows about. It’s like they don’t learn.

    Put ginger in game 3. Luo’s not the problem but any change is good change at this point of time. Ginger is a legit number 1 goalie. Why not use him?

    I think Salo’s playing hurt and I sense it’s groin related. He’s moving around very slowly and without any jump.

    Ballard’s one rush up the ice was pretty exciting. Is he the only defensemen on our team that can do that?

    Hank is an island out there. We have no other finesse players that can adequately support him and he himself is not strong enough to create his own room (ala Sidney Crosby). Regardless of what happens, I think this post season will be a very educational one for him. You can’t be looking to Dank all the time. Sometimes, you just gotta do it yourself (or we trade for Rick Nash).

    This baby is going 7. Believe in Blue.

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  24. the real bob
    April 14, 2012

    can’t blame lou for the two losses, edler on the other hand…

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  25. Colby
    April 14, 2012

    Its the Kings, the party boys wont be winning squat at home! Canucks have a lot of pressure at home to win which seems to be causing them to be nervous. Kings on the other hand get to slip into obscurity and party, which is a completly different issue and much harder to overcome.

    Expect the true test to be coming back to Rogers Arena tied 2-2.

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    • Zzapptor
      April 14, 2012

      We win because they get to go home and party. We don’t need to play better so we just let the the other team lower their standards. Let’s go with that.

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  26. Nick
    April 14, 2012

    I have a feeling that getting on the road might be a big help right now for the Canucks.

    In game 1, in particular, they seem too amped up and not focused enough to play the careful, pressure game required to beat a team with a goalie like Quick.

    Sometimes hometown pressure makes guys try for the spectacular hit rather than the safer, smarter play.

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  27. Yuri
    April 14, 2012

    Thank you for finding humor where tragedy’s unfolding. I disagree on Luongo though. The guy was OK. Just ok. Those big saves when most needed he ain’t making, either overplaying the puck or being undecisive. He is in good company though with Mr. Fleury, who also makes great saves, just not always. Only in about 87-88%. Like Luongo….

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  28. Nee
    April 14, 2012

    “For what it’s worth, the Canucks outplayed the Kings tonight at even-strength. They outshot the Kings 48 to 27, outchanced them, outhit them, and outworked them. If they play like that again in Game 3, minus the garbage barge powerplay, they’ll be just fine.”

    I’m going to trust you guys on this. Because these 2 losses have been really disheartening.

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  29. akidd
    April 14, 2012

    if it’s all about the process and playing the right way then the canucks are on the right path. if that is the kings’ best and that is the canucks best then i like the canucks’ chances of taking this series. special teams excepted.

    there’s not a lot of room for error left however. and the hockey gods alone could close out this series for the kings.

    there is also a very different mentality when a team jumps out to a 2-0 lead. there can be a tendancy to just hold on for a result. whereas the team that is down 2-0 puts its head down and gives ‘er because there is no respite on the horizon. if the canucks can win game 3 that slippy-sliding feeling should surface for the kings. i’ve seen it many times from the front-runner canucks and i hope it’s true for other teams too. once the lead is squandered then the panic sets in. and that’s when a veteran team goes to work.

    that’s my optimistic spin for today. on a side-note the worst part of losing is the the resulting media chicken-littling (and 1040 is the worst of the worst.) how much righteous indignation can one city take?

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  30. akidd
    April 14, 2012

    and 45 hits for the canucks vs 32 for the kings. 6 each for burrows, booth and lappy. if the canucks keep taking the body like that it will be a long series for the kings.

    is tanev or salo the best canuck dman so far? edler sure isn’t. neither is bieksa. hamhuis is better but still making some mistakes. and ballard is not the answer. look for rome to slot back in.

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    • The Bookie
      April 14, 2012

      The sad part is, Rome will come in for Ballard, instead of Edler or Bieksa.

      Bieksa in particular. Edler’s mistakes might have been the most noticeable, but Bieksa looks likes an AHLer out there so far.

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  31. BB
    April 14, 2012

    Hey Harrison,

    So much for “Los Angeles is bad” You jinxed the Canucks

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    • obituary mambo
      April 15, 2012

      Did you even read that entry? If you had, you’d know it’s unfair to pin this on Harrison. The article didn’t say the Kings were bad as in unskilled but that they were bad as in evil.

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  32. Mushmouth
    April 14, 2012

    Does anyone know why AV decided to take Lappy off the first line after the great success he and the team had with him there? And if management or coaching or whoever is going to insist on keeping Raymond in the active roster can we at least bury him on the fourth line???

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  33. Cathylu
    April 14, 2012

    Here’s a small ray of hope. One of my husband’s co-workers (a Kings fan) told him ” Don’t worry, the Kings will f**k up sooner or later.” Well, I say let’s hope it is sooner rather than later, and wish me luck because I’m going to be at game 3.

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