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The Goods: Canucks fall to Kings

Monday, 16.04.2012 / 3:00 AM / Features
By Derek Jory
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The Goods: Canucks fall to Kings
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  • “Against this team, sometimes you’ve got to be perfect to beat them. We intend on playing 1-0 games if we can and you have to be perfect to do that and we were just one short of perfect tonight, so it’s unfortunate…we probably deserved better, but that’s not how the playoffs work.”-- Cory Schneider, who made 19 saves in his second career playoff start

Vancouver’s uphill battle just turned into a mountainous fight.

The Canucks dropped Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarter-Final 1-0 to the Los Angeles Kings Sunday night at the Staples Center, and in the process fell behind 3-0 in the series.

This game was up for grabs for the Canucks, who dominated the Kings at 5-on-5, were spectacular on the penalty kill, and although the power play again failed to produce, they had the home team against the ropes throughout the night.

It came down to a bounce and the Kings got it.

With 13:30 remaining in the third period, Justin Williams had his shot stopped by Cory Schneider before the rebound went to Dustin Brown, alone at the side of the net, for an easy goal, the eventual game-winner.

This was a game the Canucks had to win, this was a game the Canucks deserved to win, but that’s hockey.

The players, although admittedly frustrated, were not hanging their heads post-game. They stepped up their game to a new level and despite another wicked outcome, they
remain confident this series will turn in their favour.

“That’s the playoffs,” said Henrik Sedin. “We’ve got to keep doing the same things and we’re going to get bounces. We showed tonight what kind of team we have and if we can come back on Wednesday we’re going to steal a game and bring it back to Vancouver.”

Part of the reason the Canucks are feeling good while staring at a 3-0 series deficit is the offence they’ve generated; another 41 shots were tossed Jonathan Quick’s way Sunday, two nights after he stopped 46 of 48.

When you’re hot, you’re hot, and Quick has been next to unbeatable of late, even with the Canucks trying to make his life miserable.

“A lot of them he sees, but when you put 40 shots on net, that’s going to be some that he’s going to see, but I thought tonight we put guys to the net, there’s a lot of rebounds laying around that’s part of a scramble and we’re going to get those bounces sooner or later,” said Henrik Sedin.

“We had a lot of shots on net,” added Kevin Bieksa, “we had a lot of traffic, we did a lot of good things offensively, but sometimes you run into a hot goaltender. We’re happy with the way we played, we need to move this momentum forward, keep moving forward and these guys have to beat us one more game for it to be over.”

The stats aren’t in Vancouver’s favour.

Only three times in NHL history, and four times in professional sports, has a team climbed out of a 3-0 series hole and gone on to capture the series. The Chicago Blackhawks
were a goal away from adding themselves to that list in the first round against Vancouver last season, so the Canucks know it can be done.

“You know the stats, it’s not easy, but I think we have the team in here to do it,” said Henrik Sedin. “It’s going to turn around and when it does, we all know what can happen.

Game 4 goes down Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

AND ANOTHER THING...
The Canucks will not practice Monday, but players will conduct media at 1:30 p.m. Canucks.com will have the latest.