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Monday, April 23, 2012



LAK:   B. Richardson (03:21 - 3rd) , J. Stoll (04:27 - OT)
VAN:   H. Sedin (PPG, 14:04 - 1st)

LAK: J. Quick (W)
 VAN: C. Schneider (L)

                Last night in Vancouver, the Canucks were looking to stay off Elimination for the second straight game. Daniel Sedin was back to help the cause. But the question was, would one more player make a difference in what has been a surprising series where the 8th place team took a 3-0 series lead before dropping game 4 against the President Trophy champions (the Canucks).14 minutes into the first, the Canucks were on a powerplay and Daniel Sedin played the puck over to Henrick Sedin in the slot and he scored to make it 1-0 Canucks. Lets jump to the third. Just 3 minutes into the final frame, Richardson scored to tie the game.

                      This game would need overtime. Just 4 minutes in, Lewis tripped Hamuis at the blueline (there was no call) and Stoll came in on a 2 on 1 and ripped a shot past Schnieder and in to win the game and the series for the Kings. 2-1 is the final. In the win, Quick made 26 saves and he was the reason that LA won the series as he only allowed 8 goals in 5 games and he stopped everything from breakaways to shots in traffic and many many more. "We had expectations and hopes to go far in this playoff," Schneider said. "It seems like around the league, parity is running wild. Look at Pittsburgh, ourselves, Detroit, San Jose. New York's facing elimination, Boston held it off today. We can't take anything for granted. Anyone is capable of winning in this league."

            In the loss, Schenieder was good and was the only reason why the Canucks had a chance in the last 3 games due to the lack of scoring."You've got to give credit to the Kings," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "They played a real great series, a real tough opponent, played strong hockey, made the strong plays on the ice and, at the end of the day, they deserved to win."The LA Kings advance to the second round for the first time in 11 years and they will play the St.Louis Blues in round 2. "It's special," Stoll said. "It's pride in the organization, and your team and your teammates and coaching staff. They're a great team over there, it took a lot to beat them."

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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