Across the Aisle: The Canucks View on Apr. 11

Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler (17) falls to the ice after a collision with Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) celebrates after teammate Willie Mitchell scored against Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)• For the Kings’ media recap, click here. For the Hockeywood Dailies, click here.

The Vancouver Sun coverage

Vancouver Canucks’ discipline, special teams just part of problem


The Vancouver Canucks are trying a new way to win a playoff series. And we don’t mean without Daniel Sedin, although that, too. They’re trying to win it from behind after starting badly against the Los Angeles Kings and losing 4-2 Wednesday in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup tournament-opener at Rogers Arena.

Vancouver Canucks outclassed, lose 4-2 to L.A. Kings on late Dustin Penner goal


The Canucks did not look like a team about to embark on a long Stanley Cup run. They were totally outclassed, especially in the first two periods, by a Kings team that regularly beat them to the puck and looked dangerous much of the night.

Game Within Game: Kings get full marks for win


PIVOTAL POINT – With less than three and a half minutes to go in the third period, Canuck defenceman Alex Edler coughed up the puck in his own zone to Mike Richards, who fed Jeff Carter, the puck bouncing off Carter right to Dustin Penner for an easy tap-in and the game-winning goal with 3:14 remaining.

Henrik Sedin has a discussion with an official in the final minute of play against the LA Kings during the third period in game one of the NHL 2012 Western Conference quarter final at Rogers arena, Vancouver, April 11 2012.

Vancouver Canucks left wing Mason Raymond (21) tries to get past Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) and defenseman Rob Scuderi (7) during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)The Province coverage

Canucks over-emotional, distracted, in 4-2 loss to Kings


The Canucks reasoned they may have been over-emotional. Too charged up, they said. Maybe they were distracted too, running around, chirping players. What they weren’t was ready.

Canucks chase Kings, flail with penalties and appear coached by Mike Keenan


For starters, will those who repeatedly keep singing this team’s praises and ignoring the ongoing issues like the power play and the lack of attack at least take one night off after this one? Will the ‘everything is wonderful’ crowd at least admit that home wins over Edmonton, Colorado and the like down the stretch may not have meant a whole lot?

Canucks get smacked 4-2 by chirpy Kings


Get well soon Daniel Sedin. Real soon. As much as the Vancouver Canucks were convinced it didn’t matter what lineup they iced in the Western Conference quarterfinal series opener Wednesday, the reality was the Presidents’ Trophy winners will need their top offensive threat if they expect to get past the Los Angeles Kings

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