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This Year Is A Mulligan. La Is Just On Fire!

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Kind of upsetting.

LA hasn't done sh*t all year, until the playoffs where they kick out teams go have been working hard all season.

Oh well, that's just the way it goes I guess.

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The Canucks were outclassed, outplayed and beaten by the better team. Stop making excuses. To sum it up:

- LA's best players were great. The Canucks top guns didn't produce enough. The second line was invisible.

- No finish. Canucks did not bury their chances. Fact is, they desperately need a sniper and/or gamebreaker.

You can say all you want about Quick stealing the series. He played excellent, no doubt but the above is the real reason why we lost. Goaltending was not the issue here. The lack of finish and scoring was.

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Yup, we were robbed. MG please don't make one roster change cuz we're the best already! (Love this loser logic). Face it we were bitch slapped by a much better team and they're going to be even better next year.

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LA was a good team who was underachieving the entire year. they played loads better then us, and im sorry daniel would not have made a difference. before he was injured the twins sucked.

playing nonplayoff teams in the end gave us a false sense of security...and many thought they would just "flip" the switch. sorry

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lol @ all the retards blaming we lost because of goaltending, last i checked we can't score any goals, can't setup on the PP, can't sustain any pressure in the offensive zone, and defense making bone headed play throughout the entire series. it's surprising to see the pure blinded hatreds towards Luongo in this city as apparently we lost the series because of Luongo. i'm guessing St.Louis lost because of Elliot and Phoenix lost because of Mike Smith too. There's NO WAY LA Kings is actually a really good team that underachieved in the regular season right? top 6 of Kopitar, Carter, Richard, and Brown is easily as good as any teams in the league when playing up to the potential ya? We lost the series because of key injuries and the offense/defense not showing up.. not because of goaltending from neither goaltender. take off your tinted glasses and stop drinking the koolaids.

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Totally agree with you. LA would not be doing what their doing if that fagget Keith didn't do what he did. LA got lucky with all their matchups this year:

Canucks: Missing top scorer

Blues: No playoff experience what so ever, bunch of young players

Coyotes: Don't know how their still in this playoffs, NSH is better IMO

Hopefully the SCF will teach them how it's done.

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"and if Schneider started the first two games?" Ummmm Luongo was a freakin beast the first 2 games, dont know how Schneider could have done any better and led us to a win

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First three games minus Daniel: 3 Regulation losses

Next 2 with Daniel: A win and an OT loss. And I thought we desered to win game 5 the way we played.

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LA was a good team who was underachieving the entire year. they played loads better then us, and im sorry daniel would not have made a difference. before he was injured the twins sucked.

playing nonplayoff teams in the end gave us a false sense of security...and many thought they would just "flip" the switch. sorry

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We still played horrible. I have no hard feelings against L.A., they outplayed us and I wish them all the best.

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Get a clue. Lets look at the seeds they have played this spring. They have beaten the Canucks the number one seed, they beat the St. Louis Blues the second seed and they are on the verge of beating the Phoenix Coyotes the number three seed. NO other team in NHL history has ever done that. EVER!!!!! They deserve your respect.

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A couple of people have touched on it, but nobody has really spelled it out yet. So let me put this thread to bed with...

...THE WHOLE STORY.

Someone said the stars all aligned for the Kings at the right time. This is exactly right. The whole team was a little bit faster, a little bit stronger, and most importantly, made quicker decisions. And this made the Canucks, Blues and now Coyotes look bad. We can whine all we want about injuries (sure, could have made a difference), effort level, or whatever we want to argue about (not goaltending though. We have no right to complain about goaltending), but in the end, the Canucks couldn't get their game going because the Kings prevented them from doing it. It's all about the speed of making decisions. That's the key.

Special teams: Our powerplay is awesome when we have time to set up. The Kings PK constantly hounded the PP because they made the right decisions instantly while the Canucks players hesitated. Every time. They forced too many turnovers and we all know how it ended up. Same with the Kings' PP. They moved quickly without hesitation. Any athlete can tell you that's what happens when you're in the zone. Everything seems to slow down for you.

Defensive play: Again, the fault lies in hesitations. Taking that extra split second to make the play allowed the Kings players to force turnovers or get in passing lanes to force dump-ins. They won puck battles because they had the timing and puck support. It seemed like everywhere the puck went, a King was already there (or on the way). Our defensemen were caught with way fewer options than they were used to in the regular season. In the regular season, they had more time.

Lack of offense: The theme applies here as well. The Canucks are a puck possession, cycle team. Success with this approach comes from getting set up. Defensemen jumping up into the play present more opportunities to make plays. Skilled players thrive on having many opportunities to get creative. But you could tell that the defensemen were far more leery than ususal to penetrate deep into the offensive zone. They hesitated. The Kings didn't allow the Canucks' forwards any extra time to get set up. With less time and fewer options, the forwards couldn't play the game they were used to playing. That led to a lot of wasted shots from the outside or desperation shots without proper support. And I haven't even mentioned Jonathan Quick yet, who did a superhuman job of eliminating second chances around the net.

The Canucks could have won this series. Their players are good enough. Their system is good enough. I believe that if they had been practicing set-plays to get into the offensive zone and get set up much faster and without their usual D-man coverage, they would have had more success. It really doesn't make that much difference who is injured or not. Anyone who makes it to the NHL is a heck of a hockey player. They just needed to be quicker at everything. No hesitation. And, of course, those decisions needed to be the right ones. If they had done that, they would have had a chance. But even then, there's no guarantee of winning. People need to remember that LA was the hottest team in the league since the All-Star break.

What the problem wasn't: Goaltending or physicality. The Canucks played with plenty of grit. They traded hits with the Kings almost evenly in every game except game 4, where the Kings almost doubled the Canucks hits, but the Canucks ironically won. It's easy to look at the Brown hit on Sedin and say, "golly, we don't have an answer for these guys" but if you were paying attention to more than just big hits, you would have seen a team that has heard the critics about physicality. Maybe the timing was a bit off compared to LA's, but again that's about being in the zone or not. As for goaltending, I can't help but roll my eyes at the fact that even when both goalies put in tremendous performances, that very fact created a controversy. What is it with Vancouver and goalies?

So just in case you missed it, the quickness and correctness of individual decision-making is what separated the Kings and Canucks.

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It happens. LA simply found their groove half way through the season and where the Canucks lost theirs after the Boston game. Keith's hit didn't help anything that's for sure. I thought they were starting to pull together bit then BAM! LA is just clicking right now. It could have been any team.

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It seems like every year is a mulligan for the Canucks. When is it our turn ? Oh right sorry, we don't deserve it, were terrible fans according to everyone !? :picard:

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It seems like every year is a mulligan for the Canucks. When is it our turn ?

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Get a clue. Lets look at the seeds they have played this spring. They have beaten the Canucks the number one seed, they beat the St. Louis Blues the second seed and they are on the verge of beating the Phoenix Coyotes the number three seed. NO other team in NHL history has ever done that. EVER!!!!! They deserve your respect.

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LA has been getting a free pass. They have been playing well, yes, but they would not have beat our team that beat Chicago and Nashville last year. (Maybe SJ and possibly the one that lost to Boston)

If anything I am even more disgusted with our team seeing how we could have coasted all the way with a little effort.

Stop trying to make excuses, this team is supposed to be designed to win cups and if a team like LA can just rail over us, then the team is a failure, not LA being a win.

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It wasn't our year. It looks like it could be LA's though.

No hard feelings. They're kicking but.

However, they haven't faced much adversity. Right now, they have the mojo.

But one bounce, one goal, one game, can undo all that mojo.

Momentum is a crazy thing in the NHL.

If the Kings finish of the Yotes next game, they might have to wait as long as ten days before they start the Cup Final.

Hmmmmm...does this seem familiar. Kinda like the Canucks last year. On a roll, then wwwaaaayyyyy to many days off. All the injuries and bruises settled in and the boys couldn't fine their mojo again.

Watch out LA.

...and go LA!

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After watching last nights game (if want to call it that) I believe that some of these games are being manipulated in some way. I mean LA is this years Boston, They are getting away with things that no other team is getting away with! Drew Doughty's football tackle on Shane Doan is just one example, how on earth does Doan get a penalty on that? Not to mention the goaltender interference on every play in the Coyote's end, it is grotesque, The games are getting harder and harder to watch!

I wonder when the NHL is going to get things sorted out, things are getting worse not better!

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The Kings this year are playing same style of play as Anaheim did the year they won the Cup and beat us in 5..Which is defensively.

Are you noticing that out of the last 4 teams left . none are playing offense first..No matter what bettman and Gillis say..Defense wins CUPS.

Until we get a Suter/Keith/or Doughty or ex Pronger/Neidermayer dominating defenceman stle we will never win anything.. The problem is our defense core of players...Too soft

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