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Just Like That, The Canucks Are Down 0-2

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.

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In full disclosure, I’m not a Canucks fan. They are a good team with good players, but they display a level of sportsmanship and integrity that is more appropriate in a beer league. Having said that, the Kings are playing to their strengths and to their weaknesses. They have studied their moves, they know they are dominate 3-5 feet from the crease, they know the Canuck speed at the blue line opens up the offensive zone, and they know that they must match hits with hits. This is not the same Kings team that played the first 70 games of the season. They are clicking now - on all lines - and Quick is showing why no one would be surprised if he won the Vezina. The Canucks are more focused on drawing penalties (flopping, feigning injuries, etc) than playing the puck - Kessler and Burrows (no surprise) are the worst. As long as the Kings continue with this game plan, I don’t see how Canuck comes back from this.

Posted by scooter from saskatoon on 04/14/12 at 01:58 PM ET

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Paul needs to add a “like” button for comments like the one above.  I am pleasantly surprised by the Kings: didn’t think they had it in them, especially the since all season they have been defense first (sometimes only) and stifled their own offense.  Vancouver is an embarrassment.  They should have kept Raffi Torres as he’d fit right in with the floppers and whiners they have.  The sad thing is, rather than realise they’ve doomed themselves, they will blame a series loss (and each game) on the Blackhawks and Duncan Keith for his payback on the sister.  Which one was it he nailed?  Who cares.

Posted by sean_o_sean on 04/14/12 at 03:17 PM ET

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