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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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