Around the Kingdom, Game 5 blogs

Los Angeles Kings' Ryan Smyth, right, tries to get a shot past Vancouver Canucks' goaltender Roberto Luongo during the second period of Game 5 in an NHL western conference playoff hockey game at GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Friday, April 23, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)• Deep Inside the Kings: You Had Me at Push

Beaten in every way that matters to the point of now, with your backs up against the wall, you have nothing to take away from that game but shame. You can’t go back home saying how you hung in there despite the lopsided loss. You can’t take anything positive away.

• LA Kings News: The gods demand a sacrifice

I nominate The Briggs to be bled dry before the game on Sunday and to have the creases repainted with their blood.

• Jewels From the Crown: WTF was that?!?

Now THAT’s a Kings loss I’ve seen a million times. Quick is somewhere else, Dustin Brown is skating the puck from the boards into the slot and handing it off to the other team, everyone is shooting wide, the PP can’t get set up…

• Purple Crushed Velvet: Kings 2, Canucks 7: and that’s how you crap the bed

The Kings should be embarrassed with the way they played tonight. They hardly sustained any offensive pressure. Even when they were able to cycle the puck down low for an extended period of time they couldn’t even get a shot on goal.

• Rink Royalty: How To Lose A Game In 60 Minutes

The power play was bad, turning in a 1 for 5 performance and failing to convert on even a 5 on 3 chance. The stars weren’t stars, the grinders didn’t grind and the goalkeepers didn’t keep goal. It was a failure on all fronts.

• HockeyBuzz’s Matthew Barry: Touchdown

Positives: Modin, the 5 on 4 Power Play, Frolov is a free agent, that I had a full bottle of Highland Park 17 year old, Jon Bernier will be wearing an L.A. Kings uniform next season. Some Vancouver fan is going to shoot his mouth off Sunday and wind up without his teeth. Volchenkov is a free agent.

• Inside Hockey: Canucks Trounce Kings in Game 5

Samuelsson’s first goal of the night gave the Canucks a three-goal leadand chased Jonathan Quick from the L.A. net late in the second period.The Kings’ netminder had allowed four goals on 21 shots, and wasreplaced by Erik Ersberg. However, Quick would return to the game in the third period after Ersberg gave up two goals on four shots.


Related links

Kings pushed to the brink by Canucks in Game 5

Across the Aisle, the Vancouver viewpoint

Peeping the dailies: Game 5 videos

Hockeywood Insider Playoff Special: Game 5

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