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What Happened Vancouver?

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.


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Video- Is This Hit By Byron Bitz Worth 5 For Boarding And A Game?

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Habs Want To Talk With Luc Robitaille

from Sportsnet,

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.


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Quick Just Plans To Stop The Puck Against Vancouver

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.”


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Kings’ Richardson Will Miss Time With Appendectomy

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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Video- Kings Want The Ultimate Goal, The Stanley Cup

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Good News For Kings, Carter Practicing

via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Jeff Carter is back in practice today in a regular white jersey. He’s skating among a group of four second-line players, with Mike Richards, Dwight King and Brad Richardson. The first line would seem to be a reunion of Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams. Hopefully, Carter will update his status, post-practice. More updates to come…

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Sutter On Quick

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Darryl Sutter might say simple things, but be assured that he’s not a simple man. Every coach has his own motivational tools, and every coach knows that what he says publicly has a good chance of making its way to his players’ eyes and ears. To that end, Sutter gave some interesting comments today, after initially being asked about Jonathan Quick’s uncharacteristic interference penalty in Thursday’s game against San Jose.

SUTTER: “He didn’t play very well, so he was probably a little frustrated with his own performance.”

It didn’t quite end there, though. In the recent past — such as here — Sutter has drawn comparisons with Quick and Miikka Kiprusoff, of whom Sutter speaks with great professional affection. This isn’t to say that Sutter is being dishonest in terms of his feelings about Quick, but is he saying things to try to fire up Quick a bit? Sutter continued, when asked about bad games being few and far between for Quick this season…

: “Hey, it’s a big challenge when you play San Jose. San Jose has a goaltender that has won a Stanley Cup. He quietly goes about his business and doesn’t get much credit, just criticism. And we have one that gets a lot of credit.”

Question: Do you think he gets too much credit?


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Talking Pacific Division Playoff Teams

With Phoenix defeating St. Louis tonight, this is how the Pacific Division will shake-out tomorrow.

via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

– If Phoenix beats Minnesota in regulation, overtime or a shootout — two points — the Coyotes win the division (3rd seed). The winner of the Kings-Sharks game would finish seventh in the Western Conference.

– If Phoenix loses to Minnesota in overtime or a shootout — one point — the Kings would win the division if they beat San Jose in regulation or overtime. The Kings would finish seventh if they beat San Jose in a shootout, and eighth if they lost to San Jose.

– If Phoenix loses to Minnesota in regulation — zero points — the winner of the Kings-San Jose game would win the division. Phoenix would finish seventh and the loser of the Kings-San Jose game would finish eighth.

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Morning Line

Uh, no comment.-

Ryane Clowe when asked about him reaching over the boards to touch the puck while the LA Kings were rushing up the ice on a power play.

Watch the video…

added 9:17am, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For his part, Clowe – who was massively effective for the Sharks, in picking up the Gordie Howe hat trick, with a goal, an assist and a fight - disavowed any knowledge of what the heck reporters were talking about. That’s exactly what he said too: “I have no idea what you guys are talking about. I’ll have to see the video or something. Someone show me the video.”

Maybe NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan can oblige Clowe later today. The ball is clearly in his court.


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