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The Canuck's 4-2 loss to the L. A. Kings on the opening night of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs is a calamity in Vancouver, where fans expect another run at the Cup, this time with no loss at the end, no riot and no worries. Their panic is palpable. "They gotta get Luongo out, one bad goal is too many in the playoffs. And find somebody who can put it in the net! Without Daniel we can't score'." That seems to be the gist of most calls, that along with lamenting the fact G.M. Mike Gillis didn't get a Rick Nash at the trade deadline.
Canucks: Lackluster against L.A. Kings
There is cause for Canuck concern. They started poorly and Luongo had to make 3 great saves before the game was a minute old, surely one of the better opening minutes of the playoffs a goalie has had. Canuck fans may have taken it as a omen, and it was - the Kings kept pouring it on, outshooting Vancouver 13-6 in the first and 38-26 overall. There was a Vancouver powerplay in the third, just before Dustin Penner's game winner with 3:14 left, where they had some jump. The rest of the game L.A. jumped all over them.
So maybe it is time for their fans to panic. Or maybe it's all still good, after all, Vancouver mailed this game in and yet all that L.A. could manage was a narrow win, in doubt until Dustin Brown's empty netter. Surely Vancouver will be better and surely the Kings cannot play their best game every night. Can they?
Kings look to head home up by 2
If they can and win game 2 Friday night and head home up by two games then my wife will settle on another team to support, the call-in shows will field an endless chorus of trade the Sedins and fire Mike Gillis rants and, regardless of how he plays, Roberto Luongo will be trashed. Again.
All courtesy the Canucks Nation and playoff hockey.