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.