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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Over the last 40 or so springtimes, Vancouver Canucks’ fans have been preconditioned to expect a certain amount of unpleasantness and as they contemplated their team’s prospects in 2012, they were likely aware further trials awaited.
But this? This? Even in their darkest moment, the most tortured member of the faithful couldn’t have conceived of this.
Friday night, the two-time Presidents Trophy winners dropped a 4-2 decision on home ice to the L.A. Kings, largely because they surrendered two shorthanded goals on plays so amateurish, so monumentally dim-witted, they beggared belief.
But believe this. Following the loss, which featured two shorties for noted sniper Dustin Brown, the Canucks now trail the Western Conference quarterfinal 2-0 with Games 3 and 4 set for L.A.
That isn’t a hole. It’s the Mariana Trench. And while they were saying all the right things afterwards, the plain fact is they’ve got to beat the Kings in four of the next five with three of those games set for the Staples Centre.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The Los Angeles Kings have apologized for a flippant tweet from their official Twitter feed that mocked the Vancouver Canucks.
“We encourage our digital team to be creative, interactive and to apply a sense of humour whenever possible. To anyone who found it offensive we sincerely apologize,” Mike Altieri, the Kings’ vice-president, communications and content, said in an e-mail message Thursday afternoon.
Vancouver Canucks right wing Byron Bitz will face a disciplinary hearing with the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety Thursday.
The hearing regards a boarding major Bitz received Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Los Angeles when Bitz hit L.A.‘s Kyle Clifford at 12:12 of the second period. Bitz was also assessed a game misconduct on the play.
Watch the hit here if you missed it earlier.
via the CP at the Toronto Star,
The war of words in the Vancouver Canucks-Los Angeles Kings series has started.
In the moments after Los Angeles finished off a 4-2 victory in Game 1 on Wednesday night, a message was posted to the team’s official Twitter account taking a shot at Vancouver: “To everyone in Canada outside of BC, you’re welcome.”
The Canucks have drawn criticism during a successful couple seasons that has seen them capture the Presidents’ Trophy in back-to-back years and fall one game short of the Stanley Cup in 2011.
In October, CBC commentator Don Cherry added to the chorus by saying Vancouver was disliked because the players whine at officials.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Having watched the Vancouver Canucks for some time now it appears experience is no help in figuring out some of the perplexing issues to emerge from game one of the NHL playoffs here Wednesday night.
Hence one has some questions that need answering after Los Angeles’ 4-2 victory to open their series with the Vancouver Canucks.
For starters, will those who repeatedly keep singing this team’s praises and ignoring the ongoing issues like the power play and the lack of attack at least take one night off after this one? Will the ‘everything is wonderful’ crowd at least admit that home wins over Edmonton, Colorado and the like down the stretch may not have meant a whole lot?
And along that line of thinking, when did the Canucks go from a puck possession team to one that pursues all night and might just as well be coached by Mike Keenan.
Last night the Kings had the puck constantly, in part because of all the power play time but even when the teams were at full strength it seemed always to be either on the stick of either Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar or Dustin Brown or in Roberto Luongo’s pads.
The Montreal Canadiens are planning to reach out to Los Angeles Kings executive Luc Robitaille in their search for a new general manager.
Sources tell Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos that the Canadiens are interested in speaking with the 46-year-old Montreal native, who is currently the Kings’ president of business operations.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
“The intensity is going to be higher and the pace will be a little bit quicker. Fans will be that much more energetic. At the end of the day, though, it’s the same job that I’ve had all year and the past 15 years,” Quick said Tuesday.
“I’ve got to stop the puck, I’ve got to help with breakouts, I’ve got to talk, I’ve got to do everything I’ve learned over the years. That’s all you’re focused on going into the game: what you need to bring to the table individually and as a team collectively. We’ve just got to play our game.”
This will be his third playoff experience, after first-round losses to Vancouver and San Jose. He’s 4-8 with a 3.32 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.
More will be expected of him and the Kings this time, and Quick said he’s better prepared for the intensity.
“When you find yourself in situations, it’s having confidence in yourself and knowing you’ve been there before,” he said. “The only way you could get that feeling is from being in situations like this.”
via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Brad Richardson had an appendectomy last night, according to Darryl Sutter, and Richardson will be sidelined for an undetermined period of time. That’s the bad news for the Kings. The good news is that Jeff Carter seems ready to play, and Richardson likely would have been scratched from the lineup anyway. Andrei Loktionov has been called up from the AHL as an extra forward.
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