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    Round 1, Game 2: LA Kings @ Van Canucks - April 13, 2012 - Kings lead series 1-0



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    LOS ANGELES KINGS @ VANCOUVER CANUCKS

    GAME 2

    Friday: April 13th, 2010 @ 7:00 PM PT
    TV: CBC, NBCSN, RDS, RADIO: Team 1040

    GM PLACE



    TEAM LEADERS

    LOS ANGELES.................. VANCOUVER
    3 players tied 1....Goals....1 Burrows/Edler
    Richards/Carter 2....Assists..2 Ryan Kesler
    Mike Richards 3....Points....2 Ryan Kesler
    Richards/Carter 2....+/-....1 Ryan Kesler
    Jarret Stoll 4......PIM....15 Byron Bitz

    GOALTENDER COMPARISON

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    Jonathan Quick...Roberto Luongo

    1...GPI...1
    2.00...GAA...3.05
    .923...SV%....921
    0...SO...0


    TEAM STATS

    Code:
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    ..............................1  	GP  	1
    ..............................1 	W 	0
    ..............................0 	L 	0
    ..............................0 	OT 	0
    ..............................0 	P 	0
    ..............................1.000 	P% 	0.000
    ..............................4.00 	G/G 	2.00
    ..............................2.00 	GA/G 	4.00
    ..............................25.0 	PP% 	0.0
    ..............................100.0 	PK% 	75.0
    ..............................39.0 	S/G 	26.0
    ..............................26.0 	SA/G 	39.0
    ..............................44.6 	FO% 	55.4
    GAME PREVIEW
    KINGS at CANUCKS

    (Los Angeles leads best-of-seven series, 1-0)

    TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS, KCOP-13 (HD)

    Big Story: Discipline. When Canucks forward David Booth, in his first playoff game, hammered Kings defenseman Drew Doughty the first shift of Game 1 Wednesday, Los Angeles took the hit, turned it into a 3-on-2 the other way and, if not for Roberto Luongo, would have been ahead 32 seconds in.

    When the Canucks continued to try to throw their weight around, the Kings made them pay on the power play. Mike Richards scored on a 5-on-3 that started with Ryan Kesler in the box for unsportsmanlike conduct after a snow shower on Jonathan Quick, and ex-Canuck Willie Mitchell at the end of a five-minute boarding major to Byron Bitz, who was in his first playoff game in three years. Add in charges against Maxim Lapierre and rookie Zack Kassian, and the Canucks almost tried too hard.

    "I thought we had a lot of energy but we ran out of position to get those big hits," said Alexandre Burrows, who scored the game's first goal.

    Team Scope:

    Canucks: Vancouver's power play came into this series with a statistical edge over the entire season, but no momentum due to a slump that effectively started in mid-January and the absence of top goal scorer Daniel Sedin. It failed to generate any in Game 1 either, only managing one shot on the first four chances and failing to convert any of the three shots -- one a great rebound chance -- on a final opportunity with the game on the line in the third period.

    Meanwhile the Kings lamented not doing more with eight advantages, but the tone they set on the power play even when they didn't convert was key.

    "They kept us in our end for the full two minutes and it's tough mentally," Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said.

    Kings: As good as Los Angeles looked outshooting the Presidents' Trophy-winning Canucks 39-26 in Game 1 -- and 29-14 through 40 minutes -- there was a firm belief in their locker room after the game they had more to give. There was also a lot of talk they'd need it against a Canucks team that never trailed in a playoff series en route to a Game 7 Stanley Cup Final loss to Boston.

    That some of it came from Mike Richards isn't a surprise. The former Flyers captain leads the Kings in postseason experience with 64 games despite being just 27 years old, and is being counted on to lead this postseason. After a sub-par first season in Los Angeles that included just 44 points and only five of his 18 goals since Christmas and after coming back from a concussion, Richards scored the Kings' first goal and assisted on two others in Game 1, including starting the play that led to Dustin Penner's late game winner.

    "You know that he's a guy who, when the money's on the line, he's going to show up," said Jeff Carter, who played with Richards in Philadelphia. "He led the way tonight for us."

    Who's Hot: The Kings' power play came into the series ranked 17th in the NHL, but much like their overall offense, it was much better late in the season, scoring eight times on just 22 chances over the final eight games. That continued into Game 1 against the Canucks, with the first goal coming on a 5-on-3 and the second on a five-minute power play, finishing 2-for-8 on the night. And for all the talk of Los Angeles being 29th in scoring, they continue to average more than three goals a game since acquiring Jeff Carter before the trade deadline.

    Injury Report: Vancouver is still without top goal scorer Daniel Sedin, who has been out with a concussion since March 21 and wasn't on the ice Wednesday after practicing with the team Monday and skating with spare players Tuesday. Defenseman Keith Ballard (concussion) appears ready to return, but after missing more than two months may not get back in without another injury. Los Angeles is without forward Brad Richardson, who had an emergency appendectomy Monday but may not have played anyway, and has been missing scoring forward Simon Gagne since late December because of a concussion.

    Stat Pack: Ryan Kesler had two assists in Game 1, his first multi-point game since Dec. 26. Penner's game-winning goal, which came after being moved up onto the second line with Richards and Carter, was his first in 10 games. He had only seven in the regular season. It was the first time all season the Canucks gave the opposition eight power plays, and the fact two overlapped to create 5-on-3 advantages, and another was for a full five minutes, only makes it worse for a team that played down a man for more than 12 and a half minutes.

    Puck Drop: This is the first time in nine playoff series -- and in 11 that opened at home -- that the Canucks have lost the first game. Vancouver won the first two at home in three of four rounds last postseason. The Kings, meanwhile, are looking for their first series win since 2001, when they fell behind 2-0 against the Red Wings before winning the final four games to advance.
    GO CANUCKS GO!!!



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    You hate to call it the series because the Canucks have been so good on the road. But going down 2-0 with home ice is a worst case scenario for any team.

    However, at even strength we were the better team, stay out of the box, and we should win.

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    It pretty much is a must win game. If the Kings win this round, AV is done. Hopefully Gillis doesn't use the "Daniel was hurt' excuse. AV has the talent, he needs to make it work.
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    Also in terms of taunting. While we haven't been able to find a good video of it, Alex Burrows apparently picked some snow off the ice with the blade of his stick and offered it to Mike Richards, so that he might rail it, late in the third period. Now that is elevating your game for the postseason.
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    Clifford ruled out for the Kings.
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    This really is by all definitions a must win game for us. We can still win the series win or lose, but it gets a lot tougher if we don't win.
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    Bitz suspended 2 games

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiants5518 View Post
    It pretty much is a must win game. If the Kings win this round, AV is done. Hopefully Gillis doesn't use the "Daniel was hurt' excuse. AV has the talent, he needs to make it work.
    That's the irony. The reason this team wins is BECAUSE of AV (and I'm not even a fan of his style of coaching). The team does not have the breakout talent a true Cup contender needs, never has. Of course they'd still fire AV but it won't be his fault the players can't overachieve every playoff series.

    Name the talent on the team. Is it Booth, who hardly put up any points this season. Is it Kesler, who fell back to his pre-41 goal season levels? Is it the Sedins, who are elite, but who have been figured out by the rest of the league? One of our best D men is almost 40 years old. Where are the Stamkos, Malkins, Crosbys, Webers, etc on this team? We don't have the breakout players needed to lay the blame at the coach's feet if they don't succeed. He is performing some pretty fine tricks to have this team perform at the level it already is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carson005 View Post
    Bitz suspended 2 games
    One standard for journeymen like Bitz and another for stars like Weber.

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/sport...184/story.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by carson005 View Post
    classic burr
    Pretty funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ink View Post
    That's the irony. The reason this team wins is BECAUSE of AV (and I'm not even a fan of his style of coaching). The team does not have the breakout talent a true Cup contender needs, never has. Of course they'd still fire AV but it won't be his fault the players can't overachieve every playoff series.

    Name the talent on the team. Is it Booth, who hardly put up any points this season. Is it Kesler, who fell back to his pre-41 goal season levels? Is it the Sedins, who are elite, but who have been figured out by the rest of the league? One of our best D men is almost 40 years old. Where are the Stamkos, Malkins, Crosbys, Webers, etc on this team? We don't have the breakout players needed to lay the blame at the coach's feet if they don't succeed. He is performing some pretty fine tricks to have this team perform at the level it already is.
    Talent = Daniel, Henrik, Kesler, Booth, Higgins, Burrows. Everyone who has played in the top 6 would be in the top 6 for a bunch of other teams, except for Raymond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiants5518 View Post
    Talent = Daniel, Henrik, Kesler, Booth, Higgins, Burrows. Everyone who has played in the top 6 would be in the top 6 for a bunch of other teams, except for Raymond.
    Their scoring stats pretty much support what I was saying. Higgins is what this team should be about: overachievement and hard work. Every player in the NHL has "talent" but few have breakout talent on a consistent basis. We have a team with little of that.

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    Anyway, if the Canucks show up with a more disciplined game tonight, the series is back on. They know how to compete, they're well coached, and they are outstanding as a TEAM. Time to get into playoff mode again Canucks!

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    Well no Daniel again tonight. Man hodgson would look good in the top six right now. I really feel like we put up the white flag when gillis made that trade. We cannot continue to play Raymond in the top six. I think we should just run kassian out with hank and burrows. If he can somehow catch some confidence it would be a big body to create some space. I feel like this team seems disinterested. Is it just me or did this team not really play at the top of its game at all this year? We kind of cruised through the season and everyone thinks they will turn it on in the playoffs. Frankly I'm getting worried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pfeifer View Post
    Well no Daniel again tonight. Man hodgson would look good in the top six right now. I really feel like we put up the white flag when gillis made that trade. We cannot continue to play Raymond in the top six. I think we should just run kassian out with hank and burrows. If he can somehow catch some confidence it would be a big body to create some space. I feel like this team seems disinterested. Is it just me or did this team not really play at the top of its game at all this year? We kind of cruised through the season and everyone thinks they will turn it on in the playoffs. Frankly I'm getting worried.
    Agreed. We just haven't seen that team from last year and we haven't seen their intensity and efficiency either. Seems the Bruins threw them off their game in the Cup finals and they've never really recovered. It's a combination of them getting so dominated by a physical team and them maybe listening a bit too much to their own reviews as the universe's most "hated team". They have to play their own game ... if they know what that is anymore.

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