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The Goods: Kings oust Canucks

Sunday, 04.22.2012 / 8:55 PM PT / Features
By Derek Jory
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The Goods: Kings oust Canucks
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LA wins best-of-seven series 4-1
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  • Nobody envisioned this. We came here Day 1 with a plan and a lot of hard work ahead of us, and experience, and we wanted to take the steps one at a time, which we did, unfortunately this first step in this first series, we weren’t good enough. -- Coach Alain Vigneault, following a series clinching 2-1 overtime win for the Kings to eliminate the Canucks.

All the Vancouver Canucks needed last post-season was one more win.

All they got this playoffs was a single victory.

The Los Angeles Kings took Game 5 in overtime 2-1 to knock the Canucks aside, winning the Western Conference Quarter-Final 4-1.

Entering the Canucks dressing room post-game was similar to the end of last year, except the beards were shorter.

No one envisioned Vancouver’s second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy winning season coming to such a screeching halt, so naturally players were shocked, stunned, surprised and saddened and didn’t have much to say.

The Canucks fell behind the 8-ball losing the first two games of the series and in Game 3, when they needed a
bounce the most, they didn’t get it. In Game 4, Vancouver finally strutted its stuff and that carried over into the opening 20 minutes on this night.

Henrik Sedin put the Canucks up 1-0 and that’s how the contest remained until the Kings tied it 3:21 into the third period.

Los Angeles was dominant over the final 40 minutes and while Vancouver had scoring chances, I dare say plenty, the bounce needed wasn’t there.

In overtime the bounce was there for Jarret Stoll, who received a gift of a turnover in the Canucks zone after Dan Hamhuis was tripped up and he made no mistake wiring it past Cory Schneider to empty both benches, one quicker than the other.

As the Kings piled on one another in celebration, the Canucks began to hang their heads in disappointment and that carried over into the locker room where many, including
Ryan Kesler, sat in their stalls, lifeless, wondering how they got in this mess.

As the clock slowly ticked seconds away on the wall, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Sami Salo and Cory Schneider stood tall and faced the media; other Canucks spoke before and after, but not for as long or with as much emotion.

If you think you’re angry, the players are on a whole new level and they’re experiencing something new as for the first time since 2003-04, the Canucks are eliminated in the first round.

The regular season was again spectacular for the Canucks, with a second finish atop the NHL standings proof of that, but the Presidents’ Trophy hat in the stall behind
Schneider means little now.

There are no answers, only questions, which the Canucks will be bombarded with until puck drop next year, whenever that is.

No finish to this playoffs would have been acceptable unless the Canucks were hoisting you-know-what, and that will have to wait.

When their time comes, remember how you feel right now. It’ll make the light at the end of the tunnel so much brighter.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support this season. You truly are the best fans in the NHL.