NHL Playoffs 2012, Kings Vs. Canucks: Los Angeles Advances With Overtime Win In Game 5

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Kings Vs. Blues, NHL Playoffs Round 2: A Look Ahead

The Los Angeles Kings silenced many naysayers on Sunday night, as they eliminated the No. 1 seed and President's Trophy winners the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. They'll have a lot more work still ahead of them if they hope to make it to the Stanley Cup finals, but they'll have a better chance in the second round than many might think.

The Kings will next go up against the No. 2 seed St. Louis Blues, who were the odds-on favorites to win the Western Conference when the playoffs began. The Blues eliminated the San Jose Sharks, four games to one, to advance.

During the 2011-12 regular season, the Kings and Blues faced one another four times. The Kings were 3-1 in those games and shut out the Blues twice. What's more, they outscored St. Louis 9-3 in those games. Here is how the games went.

October 18: Kings 5, Blues 0. You can find the game recap here.

November 22: Kings 3. Blues 2. You can find the game recap here.

February 3: Blues 1, Kings 0. You can find the game recap here.

March 22: Kings 1, Blues 0 (Shootout).

The time and date of the first game in the Blues-Kings series is yet to be announced, but the Kings will be playing the first two games of the series on the road. That may not be the advantage the Blues would like to think it is, however ... the Kings have won fave straight road playoff games, dating back to last year.

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NHL Playoffs, Kings Vs. Canucks Game 5: Jarret Stoll OT Goal Wins Series For L.A., 2-1

Jarret Stoll scored at 4:21 of sudden death overtime Sunday night, giving the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 5 of their first round NHL playoff series. The win gave the No. 8 seed Kings their first playoff series win since 2001, as they eliminated the No. 1 seed Canucks four games to one.

The Kings will advance to play the No. 2 seed St. Louis Blues in the second round, with dates and times still to be determined.

Henrik Sedin gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead in the first period on a nifty power-play goal, a give-and-go with brother Daniel Sedin. Brad Richardson tied the game for the Kings in the third period with his first goal of the series, setting the stage for Stoll's heroics.

The Kings outshot the Canucks 6-2 in the extra period, including the final shot, by Stoll, to beat Cory Schneider.

Jonathan Quick saved 26 of 27 shots in the win. Schneider, who kept the Canucks alive with stellar play in Game 4, saved 35 of 37 shots in the loss for Vancouver.

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Canucks Vs. Kings, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 5: Brad Richardson Scores Equalizer, Headed For Overtime In Vancouver

The No. 8 seed Los Angeles Kings are in search of their fifth consecutive NHL playoff game win, dating back to last season. If they get it Sunday night in Game 5 of the first round series against the No. 1 Vancouver Canucks, it will have to come in overtime.

Brad Richardson lit the lamp with the equalizer at 3:21 of the third period to tie the game at 1-1, his first goal of the series and fifth playoff goal of his career. Drew Doughty was instrumental in the goal, and picked up his second assist of the series on the Richardson goal.

The Kings are up three games to one in the series, and are in search of their first playoff series win in 11 years. Jonathan Quick has saved 24 of 25 shots for the Kings through three periods, while Cory Schneider has saved 29 of 30 shots for Vancouver.

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Canucks Vs. Kings, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 5: Jonathan Quick, Cory Schneider Save Everything In Sight, Vancouver Up 2-1 After 2nd Period

The Los Angeles Kings were the aggressors for most of the second period, but weren't able to ultimately put the puck in the net. As a result, the Vancouver Canucks retain their 1-0 lead over the Kings after two periods Sunday night in Game 5 of their NHL playoff first round battle at Rogers Arena.

The Kings lead the series 3-1 and are in search of their first playoff series win since 2001.

Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Kings controlled the puck for the bulk of the second period but ultimately Vancouver tied them with 10 shots each in the second period. Both Jonathan Quick for Los Angeles and Cory Schneider for the Canucks were outstanding, specifically Quick on a pair of late breakaways, including robbing Daniel Sedin at point blank range in the final minutes.

Though there weren't any goals in the period, that doesn't mean there wasn't any excitement. After all, this kid found a way to enjoy his time at Rogers Arena:

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Canucks Vs. Kings, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 5: Henrik Sedin Goal Gives Vancouver 1-0 Lead

The Los Angeles Kings are looking for their first NHL playoff series win since 2001, and if it is going to come Sunday night they will have to do so from behind. The No. 8 seed Kings trail the No. 1 seed Vancouver Canucks 1-0 after one period in Game 5 Sunday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, thanks to a power play goal by Henrik Sedin.

The Kings failed to clear the puck and Sedin made them pay with an easy goal at 14:04 of the first period, on a beautiful give-and-go with brother Daniel Sedin:

"This is just an example of how the Sedins make you pay when you make a mistake," said Kings broadcaster Jim Fox after the goal. "They always tell you that about the Sedins. Don't go where the pass is going, hang around where it came from."

The Kings kept the pressure on Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider all period with eight shots, but he saved them all. Anze Kopitar had a breakaway chance as time expired but Schneider turned him away. Kopitar hit the post with the rebound, but it came after the horn had sounded and would not have counted anyway.

The Kings had two power plays early, including Dan Hamhuis getting called for roughing at 1:28 for this hit on Dustin Brown:

Henrik Sedin was called for hooking at 4:28, but the Kings were unable to capitalize. Jonathan Quick saved five of six shots for the Kings.

The Kings held a 1-0 lead at home on Wednesday in Game 4, but Vancouver scored three unanswered goals over the final two periods to stay alive.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Canucks Vs. Kings Game 5: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The No. 8 seed Los Angeles Kings had a chance to finish off the No. 1 seed Vancouver Canucks at home at Staples Center on Wednesday night, but the plucky Canucks were able to stay alive with a 3-1 win. The Kings, still in search of their first NHL playoff series win since 2001, have another shot at eliminating Vancouver but will have to do so on the road on Sunday. Here are the details surrounding Game 5:

Series: No. 8 Los Angeles 3, No. 1 Vancouver 1

Game 5 Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver

Time: 5 p.m. PDT

TV: NBC Sports Network nationally, Fox Sports West locally, which is a welcome change from Wednesday night, when Game 4 was not on locally, leaving Los Angeles area residents without NBC Sports Network out of luck.

Road Warriors: Dating back to last season, the Kings have won four consecutive road playoff games, including capturing the first two games of this series at Rogers Arena. When the Canucks eliminated the Kings in seven games in the first round in the 2010 playoffs, Vancouver won three of its four home games.

New Second Line For Canucks: After the Kings took a 1-0 lead into the second period in Game 4, Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault moved Maxim Lapierre to his second line with Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kesler, and Kesler had an assist as the Canucks pulled out a 3-1 win to save their season. That second line will continue for Game 5.

"We're in a tough spot right now. We're trying to do whatever's best for the team. Whatever the coaching staff feels is right to do, we're more than willing to do it," Burrows told the Associated Press.

Momentum Is Tonight's Goalie: Jonathan Quick has been stellar between the pipes for the Kings, with a .952 save percentage and a Game 3 shutout win. Cory Schneider helped Vancouver stay alive by saving 43 of 44 shots on Wednesday in Game 4. It seems whichever goaltender is the hottest on Sunday night will be the winner in Game 5.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Canucks Vs. Kings: Series Schedule, Game Recaps, TV Times And More

The Los Angeles Kings are seeking their first NHL playoff series win since 2001, and they have three chances left to eliminate the top seed Vancouver Canucks. As the two teams get ready for their Game 5 showdown at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, here is a review of the Stanley Cup Playoffs first round series schedule.

Game 1, April 11 - Kings 4, Canucks 2: Tied 2-2 after the second period, Dustin Penner scored the go-ahead goal for the No. 8 seed Kings on the road in Vancouver.

Game 2, April 13 - Kings 4, Canucks 2: A pair of short-handed goals by Dustin Brown worked wonders for Los Angeles.

Game 3, April 15 - Kings 1, Canucks 0: The Kings took their first ever 3-0 playoff series lead as Jonathan Quick notched his 11th shutout of the season.

Game 4, April 18 - Canucks 3, Kings 1: Staples Center was rocking after Anze Kopitar gave the Kings a 1-0 lead after the first period, but Vancouver scored three unanswered goals to stay alive.

Game 5, Sunday 5 p.m. PDT: at Vancouver

Game 6, Tuesday, time TBD: at Los Angeles*

Game 7, Thursday, time TBD: at Vancouver*

*if necessary

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Kings Vs. Canucks Start Time, TV Schedule, Series Recap And More

The Los Angeles Kings were unable to complete the sweep on Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks, but they will get another shot to win their first playoff series since 2001 on Sunday night. The start time for Game 5 was released late on Friday, and it will force the Kings to have yet another off-day before taking the ice once again.

As for the series thus far, here are recaps for each game.

In game one the Kings battled for 60 minutes and came away with a 4-2 victory.

In the second game it was more of the same for Los Angeles, scoring early and often for another 4-2 win.

The third game was nail biter with Dustin Brown playing the role of hero in Vancouver, scoring a third period goal to clinch a 1-0 victory.

Game four saw the Kings take an early 1-0 lead, but the Canucks battled back to claim a 3-1 victory to avoid elimination.

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Kings Vs. Canucks, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Cory Schneider Keeps Vancouver Alive In 3-1 Win

The Los Angeles Kings had a chance Wednesday night to complete their first NHL playoff series sweep in franchise history, and even held a lead after the first period. But the No. 1 seed Vancounver Canucks scored three unanswered goals for a 3-1 lead over the No. 8 seed Kings Wednesday night at Staples Center.

Second-string goaltender Cory Schneider saved 43 of 44 shots in the win for the Canucks, who stayed alive but still trail the series 3-1. The Kings have not won a playoff series since 2001.

Anze Kopitar scored in the first period to give the Kings a 1-0 lead, but a pair of second period goals gave Vancouver a 2-1 advantage. The Kings were aggressive in the first two periods, outshooting the Canucks 31-16, but Vancouver outshot the Kings 14-13 in the final period.

Henrik Sedin gave the Canucks a 3-1 lead at 5:45 of the third period, assisted from his brother Daniel Sedin, playing his first game since March 21.

Jonathan Quick saved 27 of 30 shots in the loss for Los Angeles. Game 5 will be played Sunday in Vancouver.

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Kings Vs. Canucks, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Alexander Edler, Kevin Bieksa Give Vancouver 2-1 Lead

If the Los Angeles Kings are going to win their first playoff series in 11 years on Wednesday night, they will have to come from behind in the final period. A pair of second period goals by the Vancouver Canucks gave the No. 1 seed a 2-1 lead over the No. 8 seed Kings after two period in Game 4 of their first round NHL playoff series at Staples Center.

Alexander Edler scored at 4:07 of the second period, his second goal of the series, to bring the Canucks even at 1-1. Then, just over four minutes later Kevin Bieksa gave the Canucks their first lead of the night with his first goal of the series.

The Kings kept their barrage on Cory Schneider with an 18-9 shot advantage in the second period, but Schneider has saved 30 of 31 shots through two periods. The Kings have never swept a playoff series in their franchise history.

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Kings Vs. Canucks, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Anze Kopitar Goal Gives L.A. 1-0 Lead

The Los Angeles Kings are not only looking for their first playoff series win since 2001, but they are also looking for their first-ever playoff sweep. Anze Kopitar got the No. 8 seed Kings off to a great start, as they lead the No. 1 seed Canucks 1-0 after the first period Wednesday night at Game 4 at Staples Center.

Kopitar took a pass from Justin Williams at 13:00 of the first period and beat Cory Schneider for his first goal of the series. It was the fourth assist in four series games for Williams.

Jonathan Quick didn't quite face the barrage he did in the last two games, in which he faced 89 shots, but Quick turned away all seven shots he faced in the opening 20 minutes of Game 4. The Kings outshot the Canucks 13-7 in the first period.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Kings Vs. Canucks Game 4: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The No. 8 seed Los Angeles Kings look to do something they have never done on Wednesday night, going for a series sweep of the No. 1 seed Vancouver Canucks in Game 4 at Staples Center. Here are the relevant details of Wednesday's contest:

Series: Kings 3, Canucks 0

Game 4 Location: Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles

Time: 7 p.m. PDT

TV: NBC Sports Network (no local television in Los Angeles for this one)

Brown Out: Dustin Brown of the Kings has scored at least one goal in all three games of the series, including the only goal of Game 3. Brown, who scored 22 goals and had 32 assists on the season, has three goals and an assist in the series.

Quick On Fire: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick had a fine season with a .929 save percentage, 35 wins, and a league-best 10 shutouts. During this series against Vancouver he has been stellar with 111 saves in 115 shots, a .965 save percentage, including a shutout in Game 3. Quick has been bombarded with 89 shots in the last two games, and has saved 87 of them.

Sedin Game-Time: Canucks' leading goal scorer Daniel Sedin has been out since March 21 after an elbow to the head, but returned to practice after Sunday's Game 3 loss. Sedin will be a game-time decision for Vancouver Wednesday night.

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Kings Vs. Canucks, NHL Playoffs 2012: Game 4 Preview

The Los Angeles Kings look for their first ever playoff sweep on Wednesday night as they host the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center. The No. 8 seed Kings, who haven't won a playoff series since 2001, are up 3-0 on the No. 1 seed Canucks, the first time the Kings have ever led a playoff series 3-0.

Daniel Sedin, who has missed all three games and has been out since March 21 after taking an elbow to the head, is listed as a game-time decision Wednesday night.

"I really wanted to be back for the playoffs, but my main concern was getting back to 100 per cent. It's probably been the toughest time mentally that I've been through. I'm just happy to be back," Sedin told NHL.com.

Dustin Brown has scored four goals in three games in the series for the Kings, and Jonathan Quick has saved 111 of 115 shots in three games, including a 1-0 shutout win on Sunday night in Game 3.

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Kings Vs. Canucks, Game 3 Final Score: Dustin Brown Leads L.A. To 1-0 Victory

On Sunday, the first round of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs came to Southern California. The Los Angeles Kings hosted the Vancouver Canucks in the third game of their best-of-seven series. At the end of the night, the Kings managed a 1-0 win. They now lead Vancouver three games to none and have a chance at winning the series and advancing on their home ice.

There was no score throughout the first two periods. The Canucks relentlessly attacked the net, but were unable to get any shots past Jonathan Quick, holding things down admirably in the Los Angeles net.

In the second period, tempers began to flare. Hard hits were doled out and a fight broke out within the first three minutes of the period. Vancouver continued to take shot after shot, but nothing found the mark.

At 6:30 of the third period, Dustin Brown finally got a shot past Cory Schneider, as he was in perfect position to receive a rebound from a puck bouncing off the leg pads of the Canucks goalie. The goal was Brown's fourth of the postseason. Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar got credit for assists on the play. You can see the thrilling and crucial goal below.

The Kings garnered a power play in the final two minutes of regulation and Vancouver went with the empty net to match up five-on-five. The Canucks attacked relentlessly throughout the final minute, but the Kings held on for the win to move just one victory away from advancing.

Quick was phenomenal, saving all 41 shots that came his way.

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Kings Vs. Canucks, Game 3 Score Update: Still No Score After 2nd Period

The Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks are locked in a heated battle at the Staples Center on Sunday night. The Kings hold a 2-0 lead in this first-round best-of-seven series in the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. The third game is very hotly contested, with neither team willing to give an inch and the Kings playing fabulous defense. At the second intermission, there is no score.

The Canucks are far outshooting the Kings thus far. Through the first two periods, the Canucks have taken 25 shots on goal. Kings goalie Quick has been busy but has saved them all so far. By contrast, Los Angeles has taken just 11 shots on goal.

Only one period remains in regulation. The Kings will have to turn up the offense and get a shot to find the net if they want to avoid sudden death.

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Kings Vs. Canucks, Game 3 Score Update: No Score Through 1st Period

The opening round NHL Stanley Cup playoff series between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks has made it to Southern California. The Kings lead the series two games to none and are hoping to move one step closer to the next round with a win on Sunday night. Should they pull off the victory on Sunday, they will need just one more win to advance and will have an opportunity to clinch on home ice. Through one period of play, the game is scoreless.

The Kings relied heavily on Dustin Brown and goalie Jonathan Quick in the first two games. Quick is getting plenty of work thus far in the third game, as the Canucks are attacking the net, taking 11 shots on goal compared to just five by the Kings. Quick has saved them all.

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Kings Vs. Canucks, Game 3: Game Time, TV Schedule & More

Through the first two games of their opening-round best-of-seven series in the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings have stunned the No. 1 seed Vancouver Canucks, taking a 2-0 lead and moving halfway to taking the series in a massive upset. The Kings will return home on Sunday and the atmosphere at Staples Center is certain to be red-hot.

The Kings have a very realistic chance of clinching this opening series in L.A., as they play the third and fourth games at home. But to do that, they'll have to prevail on Sunday night. The Canucks have looked bewildered through the first two games, as though they expected the Kings to roll over and play dead. As their frustration has mounted, their play has become more disjointed and they now find themselves in danger of being swept out of the playoffs in the first round.

Los Angeles would love nothing more than for the hated Canucks to suffer a loss on Sunday night. If Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick can maintain their exceptional play and take advantage of Vancouver's increasing desperation, they have a very good chance at doing so.

The puck will drop for Sunday's Game 3 at 7:30 p.m. PT. You can watch the game nationally on NBCSN (formerly Vs.), or with the local commentary team on FOX Sports West. KTLK 1150 AM will carry the radio broadcast.

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Kings Vs. Canucks Game 2 Final Score: L.A. Goes Up 2 Games To None Following 4-2 Win

The Los Angeles Kings have entered the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs hoping to make a statement and through the first two games of their first round series against the Vancouver Canucks, they are doing so in spades. On Friday night, they followed up their Wednesday night upset of the Canucks with an even more impressive showing, going up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series with a 4-2 victory.

With just nine seconds left in the first period, Dustin Brown scored a shorthanded goal to open the scoring and give the Kings the early lead.

After the first intermission, Jannik Hansen tied things up right away, scoring a goal just 17 seconds into the second period. Precisely five minutes later, Brown put Los Angeles ahead again with his second shorthanded goal of the game, becoming the first Kings player to ever score two shorthanded goals in a playoff game. The Kings would not give up the lead for the rest of the game.

Tempers would begin to flare in earnest in the third period. Brown would get credit for his third goal of the night on a power play at 8:30 in the third period, although he was clearly not the Kings player who knocked in the puck, as you can see in the video below.

A huge brawl broke out by the Los Angeles net, resulting in a Los Angeles power play. Although the Kings would come up empty during the power play itself, they extended their lead shortly afterward. At 14:51 in the third period, the Kings would add the exclamation point as Trevor Lewis found the net.

The Canucks would add one last goal at 16:22 on a shot from Samuel Pahlsson, but Vancouver would get no closer.

Jonathan Quick was exceptional in the net, stopping 46 of 48 Vancouver shots on goal.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Kings Vs. Canucks: Daniel Sedin Out Friday, Status Unknown For Remainder Of Series

A few eyewitnesses saw the Vancouver Canucks' Daniel Sedin skating on his own early Friday morning, though isn't a sign of good things for him on Friday as he will more than likely not be suiting up against the Los Angeles Kings in the first round on Western Conference playoffs.

When asked about him, Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault had nothing to report about Sedin's early morning skate, and still had nothing new to report on his status dealing with a concussion.

Per Helen Elliot on Twitter:

The longer he is out the better for the Kings, but you hate to see a player of his caliber have to sit out in the playoffs.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Kings Vs. Canucks: 2-0 Lead Would Be Rare For L.A.

The Los Angeles Kings look for a repeat of Game 1 on Friday night as they battle the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in Game 2 of their first round NHL playoff series. The Kings haven't won a playoff series since 2001, but if they are able to win on Friday night, that would be their first 2-0 lead in the NHL playoffs since way back in 1976:

Kings Playoff History
Year Opponent After 2 Series Result
2011 San Jose 1-1 L, 4-2
2010 Vancouver 1-1 L, 4-2
2002 Colorado 0-2 L, 4-3
2001 Colorado 1-1 L, 4-3
2001 Detroit 0-2 W, 4-2
2000 Detroit 0-2 L, 4-0
1998 St. Louis 0-2 L, 4-0
1993 Montreal 1-1 L, 4-1
1993 Toronto 1-1 W, 4-3
1993 Vancouver 1-1 W, 4-2
1993 Calgary 1-1 W, 4-2
1992 Edmonton 1-1 L, 4-2
1991 Edmonton 1-1 L, 4-2
1991 Vancouver 1-1 W, 4-2
1990 Edmonton 0-2 L, 4-0
1990 Calgary 1-1 W, 4-2
1989 Calgary 0-2 L, 4-0
1989 Edmonton 1-1 W, 4-3
1988 Calgary 0-2 L. 4-1
1987 Edmonton 1-1 L, 4-1
1985 Edmonton 0-2 L, 3-0
1982 Vancouver 1-1 L, 4-1
1982 Edmonton 1-1 W, 3-2
1981 NY Rangers 1-1 L, 3-1
1980 NY Islanders 1-1 L, 3-1
1979 NY Rangers 0-2 L, 2-0
1978 Toronto 0-2 L, 2-0
1977 Boston 0-2 L, 4-2
1977 Atlanta 1-1 W, 2-1
1976 Boston 1-1 L, 4-3
1976 Atlanta 2-0 W, 2-0
1975 Toronto 1-1 L, 2-1
1974 Chicago 0-2 L, 4-1
1969 St. Louis 0-2 L, 4-0
1969 Oakland 1-1 W, 4-3
1968 Minnesota 2-0 L, 4-3

The Kings beat the Atlanta Flames 2-0 in the first round in 1976, and they held a 2-0 lead over the Minnesota North Stars in 1968 in a series the Kings, in their first year of existence, would lose in seven games.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Canucks Vs. Kings Game 2: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The No. 8 seed Los Angeles Kings got their first round NHL playoff series off to a good start with a 4-2 victory on Wednesday night against the No. 1 seed Vancouver Canucks. The Kings look to expand their series lead on Friday night in Vancouver, and here are the relevant details of Friday night's Game 2.

Records: Kings (40-27-15); Canucks (51-22-9)

Series: Kings 1, Canucks 0

Game 2 Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver

Time: 7 p.m. PDT

TV: NBC Sports Network nationally, KCOP channel 13 locally

Take A Seat: Byron Bitz of the Canucks was suspended for two games for this vicious hit on Kyle Clifford of the Kings:

After Wednesday's Game 1, Bitz told reporters, "I had no intention of targeting the head or injuring anybody. That’s not how I play," per Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider. Clifford is out for game 2 as a result of the hit.

Road Warriors: The Kings haven't won a playoff series since 2001, but they have won their last three playoff road games. The Kings won two games in San Jose last year even though they lost the series, and then captured Game 1 this year in Vancouver.

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Kings Vs. Canucks, NHL Playoffs 2012, Game 1: Los Angeles Wins 4-2, Goes Up 1-0

The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks were tied 1-1 after one period, and 2-2 after two periods, but they finally put the exclamation point in the third period by landing two goals. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter helped set up Dustin Penner for the go-ahead goal to put them up 3-2 16:46 into the third.


Dustin Brown then got a late goal in the final few seconds on an empty net to secure the Game 1 victory.

Jeff Carter and Mike Richards logged two assists apiece, and Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez, Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar each had one assist each.

Game 2 will be taking place Friday night in Vancouver.

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Canucks Vs. Kings, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 1: Late 2nd Period Goal By Alexander Elder Ties It For Vancouver

Willie Mitchell scored on a deflected shot, a power play goal to give the No. 8 seed Los Angeles Kings a brief lead over the No. 1 seed Vancouver Canucks, but the two teams are tied at 2-2 after two periods Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first round NHL playoff series.

Alexander Elder scored with just eight seconds left in the period to tie the score for Vancouver.

Mitchell's goal came at 16:33 in the second period, the only goal of the period, on a deflection:

The Kings were on a power play after a game misconduct and five minutes for boarding on Byron Bitz for this vicious hit on Kyle Clifford:

After the Kings outshot the Canucks 13-6 in the first period, and continued the assault in the second period with a 16-8 advantage. Jonathan Quick has saved 12 of 14 shots for the Kings, whileRoberto Luongo has saved 27 of 29 shots for Vancouver.

The Kings went on the power play at 3:24 of the second period when Zack Kassian was called for charging. But just 24 seconds later the advantage was wasted when Jarret Stoll was called for holding, leading to a minute and a half of 4-on-4 hockey.

Through two periods, the Kings are 1-for-6 on the power play, and they have killed all three Canucks chances with the man advantage.

The Kings have not won a playoff series in 11 years.

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Canucks Vs. Kings, NHL Playoffs Score Update: Alex Burrows, Mike Richards Score, 1-1 Tie Heading To 2nd Period

The Los Angeles Kings kicked off their second season at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Wednesday night, taking on the top seeded Canucks in game one of their Western Conference playoff series. And after a well fought first period, it's the Canucks that have taken the early lead by the score of 1-0.

Alex Burrows gave the Canucks the early lead after a fourth minute goal assisted by Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler. Here's a terrific look at the goal, as Alex Burrows grabs the rebound off the iron for the 360, whirling dervish of a goal, giving the Nucks the early lead on their home ice.

Mike Richards would score the equalizer in the 13th minute on the power play, assisted by Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty. Richards would just sneak it in the net after a traffic jam built up in front of the crease, shooting his shot from quite the awkward side angle.

It's only going to get wilder at the Rogers Arena, so stay tuned.

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Full box score can be found here.

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Daniel Sedin Injured, Out For Kings Vs. Canucks, Game 1

The Vancouver Canucks could be without one of their main playmakers tonight when they take the ice against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of their Western Conference Playoff series. Daniel Sedin has been reported to be out of tonight's game by his head coach.

Sedin's overall production is down from last season, when he put up 104 points. This year he has only 30 goals and 37 assists in 72 appearances (compared to last season when he had 41 goals and 63 assists in 82 appearances). Still, it'd be tough to discount the veteran from putting up monster playoff numbers.

The Canucks have had success without Sedin, winning eight of nine games when he isn't in the lineup. Still, these are the playoffs, and any loss can hurt.

SB Nation Los Angeles will be covering the Kings vs. Canucks series fully on its storystream. To talk about the impact Sedin's injury has on the game with Kings fans, go to Jewels From the Crown. For more on Sedin's injury and the playoff run from Vancouver fans, check in with Nucks Misconduct.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Canucks Vs. Kings Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Los Angeles Kings look for their first playoff series win in 11 years, but to do so all they have to do is upend the team with the best record in the NHL, the No. 1 seed Vancouver Canucks. Game 1 of their first round NHL playoff series is Wednesday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Here are the relevant details of Wednesday's contest:

Records: Kings (40-27-15); Canucks (51-22-9)

Game 1 Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver

Time: 7:30 p.m. PDT

TV: NBC Sports Network nationally, KCOP channel 13 locally

Injury Report: Kings forward Brad Richardson had an emergency appendectomy on Monday and is out. Center Andrei Loktionov has been recalled from Manchester for the Kings. Jeff Carter missed the last five games of the year with a bone bruise, but could play in Game 1 for Los Angeles. Vancouver leading scorer Daniel Sedin has been out since March 21 with a concussion but returned to practice earlier in the week.

Series History: The Kings are 2-2-0 against the Canucks this season, with each team splitting at home. Vancouver beat the Kings 4-2 in the first round of the playoffs in the 2009-2010 season.

For more on the Los Angeles Kings, make sure you check out Jewels From The Crown. For the Canucks side of things, make sure you head over to Nucks Misconduct.

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NHL Playoffs Schedule And Bracket 2012: Game Times, TV Coverage for Kings vs. Canucks Series

After earning themselves the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Kings are set to make their 2012 playoff run a deep one, hopefully hoisting the Stanley Cup when it's all said and done.

L.A. will have to go through the No. 1 seeded Vancouver Canucks first, looking to score some sweet revenge from their 2009-10 playoff loss to the Nucks. It will be a 2-2-1-1-1 series format, with the first two coming on the Canucks home ice at General Motors Place, than the next two at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Game time and TV networks can be seen below, please note that all times are ET.

2012 WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
SERIES E TIME (ET) #1 VS. #8 NETWORKS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 10:30 P.M. LOS ANGELES AT VANCOUVER CBC, NBC SPORTS NETWORK
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 10 P.M. LOS ANGELES AT VANCOUVER CBC, NBC SPORTS NETWORK
SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012 10:30 P.M. VANCOUVER AT LOS ANGELES NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 10 P.M. VANCOUVER AT LOS ANGELES NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
*SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012 TBD LOS ANGELES AT VANCOUVER TBD
*TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012 TBD VANCOUVER AT LOS ANGELES TBD
*THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 TBD LOS ANGELES AT VANCOUVER TBD

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Kings Vs. Sharks Final Score: L.A. Suffers 3-2 Overtime Loss, Will Be No. 8 Seed In Playoffs

The Los Angeles Kings visited the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night as both teams closed out the 2011-12 NHL regular season. Both teams knew heading into the game that they were playoff-bound, but also knew that the Phoenix Coyotes had locked up the Pacific Division title and the No. 3 seed in the postseason. Saturday's game still held playoff implications, however, as the winner would be the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, while the loser would become the No. 8 seed. In the end, the Kings were handed the 3-2 overtime loss and ended the regular season on a down note.

Justin Williams put the Kings on the board first with a power play goal at 11:09 in the first period, Williams' 22nd goal of the season. The Kings extended their lead on another power play goal i the second period, as Mike Richards put his 18th of the season past Antti Niemi.

The Sharks came back in the final period of regulation, getting on the board with Dan Boyle's eighth goal of the year just 35 seconds into the period, then tying it up on a Patrick Marleau power play goal at 8:14. The goal was Marleau's 30th of the season.

The game headed to overtime and appeared to be heading to a shootout when Boyle once again found the net with 1:02 left in the OT period for the Sharks win.

The Kings will face No. 1 seed and Presidents Trophy winners the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

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