Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/14/12 at 10:56 AM ET
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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