Canucks Eliminated by the Kings in Game 5

Thomas Drance
April 23 2012 11:30AM


The Los Angeles Kings celebrate their third period, game tying goal.
The Kings advanced in overtime, and will advanced to the second round for the first time in a decade.
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

"There's always next year" Canucks fans.

Yes, it's the worst day of the year - the day after Vancouver is eliminated from the postseason. For forty odd years, without fail, Canucks fans have mourned the passing of another season on some day in the Spring. We've gnashed our teeth, and hung our heads, and contemplated the grim possibility of slipping our mortal coils without seeing a Canucks captain hoist Lord Stanley's Mug.

Last year, the Canucks lost in game seven of the Stanley Cup Final and expectations were high this year. The Canucks, however, down 3-1 in their preliminary round series, were unable to hold onto a one goal lead and were buried by the Kings over the final twenty-five minutes of play. The result? A longer summer than the Canucks and their fans have gone through since 2008.

Click past the jump for a thorough recap, analysis, scoring chance data and the statistical three stars!

- We'll begin as always with the most important numbers. The Canucks were out-chanced by the Kings 30-21 overall, in game five. At even-strength, the Kings managed 26 scoring chances to the Canucks 16 and with the score-tied, the Kings handled proceedings, recording 15 scoring chances, to the Canucks 6. With their backs against the wall in game five, the Canucks were out-played by an LA Kings team that thoroughly deserved to advance.

- The game was extremely close in the opening twenty-minutes, with the Canucks holding a slight edge in play at five-on-five. The Kings got an early power-play and ran the same set play three times, feeding Drew Doughty on the edge of home-plate for three straight one timers. One was blocked, while the other two were scoring chances. The Kings puck movement eventually set up a scrambly scoring chance in the slot, but Schneider was equal to the task (as he was all evening.)

- The Canucks drew first blood on the power-play when Daniel Sedin sent a beauty saucer pass to his brother Henrik for the a tap-in into the empty net. The Sedins struggled mightily over the games final twenty minutes, but through the first two periods they looked excellent - especially with the man-advantage. The Canucks anemic power-play was a major reason the team found themselves down 3-0 in the series, and while the Kings penalty-killing is good, if games four and five are any indication: a healthy Daniel would've likely given Vancouver the edge in special teams in ths series. I'm still convinced that the Kings edge in possession play and in net would've triumphed, even had Daniel Sedin been available for every game in the series, but the Canucks needed their power-play to click to have any shot against a tough first round opponent. Without him, they were dead in the water.

- It's the last goal the Canucks will score this season, so we might as well watch it again. Remember to curse Duncan Keith's name under your breath as Henrik taps the gimme past Quick!

- Jeff Carter's defensive zone coverage on that goal is pretty unbelievable/hilarious.

- In the second period, the Canucks had ample opportunity to build on their one goal lead, recording 14 chances in the frame. From an offensive perspective it was Vancouver's best period of the series, and their inability to beat Jonathan Quick on any of their chances is the reason they're no longer alive in the NHL playoffs. In particular, Quick made lovely saves off of Jannik Hansen on a two-on-one late in the period (Hansen then sent the rebound wide) and on Daniel Sedin on a breakaway with two minutes left in the second period. The Canucks needed to capitalize on one of those chances...

- In the third period, and overtime it was men among boys, as the Kings completely pulverized the Canucks. Over the final 24 and a half minutes, the Kings recorded 16 scoring chances to Vancouver's 4. With the Canucks season on the line - the team blew a total flat. That's a tough pill to swallow.

-Drew Doughty didn't have the best series by the numbers, but what a beauty play he made on Brad Richardson's game tying goal. He made Keith Ballard and Schneider look foolish with his slow developing rush wide, and made a picture perfect back-hander into the crease for the Richardson tap in. Lovely stuff.

- The Canucks top-line was brutal at even-strength last night, especially in the third period. It almost appears to me that Vigneault stopped line-matching, and while that's assuredly not the case, he definitely didn't hard-match against any Kings line. The hardest matchup looks to me to have been between the two fourth-lines and between Kesler and Stoll. The Kings fourth-line bested Vancouver's and Kesler lost his matchup against the Stoll line. Meanwhile Henrik posted a -9 even-strength chance differential, Daniel was -5 and Booth was -6 playing primarily against Kopitar and Richards. Ouch.

- The success of Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis at turning pucks the other way, and controling the game against top-comp was an essential component in Vancouver's run to the finals last season. Throughout this series, they didn't look up to the task. There's some scuttlebutt floating around about Kevin Bieksa playing through a broken foot, which, makes some sense - certainly he didn't have a particularly good series. How oddly painful it is, as well, to have the club's steadiest defenseman make such a bone-headed puckhandling error that directly resulted in Stoll's eliminator tally...

- On the bright side, Samme Pahlsson's checking line had their best game of the series. Also Maxim Lapierre was excellent against all odds. While the team was being out-chanced 4:1 over the final twenty-five minutes, Lapierre somehow managed to be on the ice for three of Vancouver's four chances, and none of Los Angeles'. We're left to wonder why he didn't get a shot: as the teams third line center in this series...

Statistical Three Stars

  1. Jonathan Quick
  2. Cory Schneider
  3. Jordan Nolan

Statistical Three Goats

  1. Henrik Sedin
  2. Kevin Bieksa
  3. Dan Hamhuis

External Resources

Corsi/Fenwick

Zone Starts

Head to Head Icetime

Event Summary

Scoring Chance Data

A chance is counted any time a team directs a shot cleanly on-net from within home-plate. Shots on goal and misses are counted, but blocked shots are not (unless the player who blocks the shot is “acting like a goaltender”). Generally speaking, we are more generous with the boundaries of home-plate if there is dangerous puck movement immediately preceding the scoring chance, or if the scoring chance is screened. If you want to get a visual handle on home-plate, check this image.

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 30155
 

Team Period Time Note VAN Opponent  
LAK 1 19:06   7 8 14 23 28 32 2 3 14 17 27 35 5v5
VAN 1 18:32   7 8 14 23 28 32 2 3 14 17 35 40 5v5
LAK 1 15:20   8 10 11 27 32 77 2 3 27 35 36   5v4
LAK 1 15:06   8 10 11 27 32 77 2 3 27 35 36   5v4
LAK 1 14:40   8 10 11 27 32 77 2 3 27 35 36   5v4
VAN 1 12:02   11 14 23 26 32 33 2 3 7 22 33 35 5v5
VAN 1 5:56 GOAL 2 10 32 33 77   2 17 22 23 33 35 4v5
VAN 1 3:54   2 15 24 32 33 71 2 14 17 23 35 40 5v5
LAK 1 0:01   7 8 11 23 28 32 3 7 22 23 33 35 5v5
VAN 2 19:07   7 8 11 14 23 32 2 3 20 26 35 36 5v5
LAK 2 18:06   15 22 24 26 32 33 2 3 14 17 35 40 5v5
LAK 2 17:56   2 15 24 27 32 71 4 8 21 27 32 35 5v5
LAK 2 17:42   2 15 24 27 32 71 4 8 21 27 32 35 5v5
LAK 2 17:12   7 8 10 32 74 77 4 8 22 32 33 35 5v5
LAK 2 16:07   11 14 23 26 32 33 2 3 7 20 26 35 5v5
VAN 2 15:15   7 8 24 25 32 71 4 8 14 17 35 40 5v5
VAN 2 14:48   2 11 28 32 33   2 17 22 23 33 35 4v5
VAN 2 12:58   10 26 32 33 74 77 4 7 8 21 26 35 5v5
VAN 2 12:45   2 10 28 32 33   2 17 22 23 33 35 4v5
VAN 2 12:30   2 10 28 32 33   2 17 22 23 33 35 4v5
VAN 2 12:16   2 10 28 32 33   2 17 22 23 33 35 4v5
VAN 2 8:45   7 8 11 14 23 32 2 3 7 22 33 35 5v5
LAK 2 8:22   7 8 11 14 23 32 2 3 7 22 33 35 5v5
LAK 2 7:12   2 10 22 27 32 74 4 8 21 27 32 35 5v5
LAK 2 7:11   2 10 22 27 32 74 4 8 21 27 32 35 5v5
LAK 2 4:48   11 14 23 26 32 33 2 3 7 22 33 35 5v5
VAN 2 4:04   11 14 23 26 32 33 2 3 20 26 35 36 5v5
VAN 2 4:03   11 14 23 26 32 33 2 3 20 26 35 36 5v5
VAN 2 2:14   7 8 10 25 32 77 6 7 22 23 33 35 5v5
VAN 2 1:32   7 11 14 23 26 32 2 3 20 26 35 36 5v5
VAN 2 0:31   7 8 10 14 32 74 6 7 17 22 23 35 5v5
LAK 3 18:58   8 10 11 27 32 77 2 3 14 17 35   5v4
LAK 3 16:39 GOAL 7 8 15 24 32 71 4 7 22 23 33 35 5v5
LAK 3 14:30   2 11 14 27 32 74 6 17 21 23 32 35 5v5
LAK 3 12:58   7 8 22 28 32 74 4 8 14 17 35 40 5v5
LAK 3 12:18   2 11 14 23 27 32 2 3 27 33 35 36 5v5
VAN 3 11:47   2 11 14 25 27 32 6 22 23 33 35 36 5v5
LAK 3 10:16   7 8 15 24 32 71 2 3 7 22 33 35 5v5
LAK 3 10:08   7 8 15 24 32 71 2 3 7 22 33 35 5v5
LAK 3 9:47   7 8 28 32 71 74 6 20 23 26 35 36 5v5
VAN 3 4:41   7 8 11 14 23 32 4 8 14 17 35 40 5v5
LAK 3 3:35   22 26 28 32 33 74 2 3 7 22 33 35 5v5
LAK 3 3:33   22 26 28 32 33 74 2 3 7 22 33 35 5v5
VAN 3 3:01   10 22 25 26 32 33 4 8 22 33 35 40 5v5
LAK 3 1:34   10 22 26 32 33 74 6 7 22 23 33 35 5v5
LAK 4 19:37   10 25 26 32 33 77 6 17 21 23 32 35 5v5
VAN 4 18:21   7 8 22 28 32 74 4 8 14 17 21 35 5v5
LAK 4 17:06   8 11 14 25 32 33 2 8 14 22 33 35 5v5
LAK 4 16:58   8 10 14 25 32 33 2 8 14 22 33 35 5v5
LAK 4 16:26   8 11 14 23 32 33 8 14 21 23 33 35 5v5
LAK 4 15:33 GOAL 7 8 22 28 32 74 2 6 21 26 35 36 5v5

Kings Skaters

# Player EV PP SH
2 M. GREENE 13:32 8 2 0:00 0 0 4:41 0 5
7 R. SCUDERI 20:19 10 9 0:00 0 0 1:58 0 0
8 D. DOUGHTY 20:19 13 8 3:07 4 0 1:56 0 0
10 M. RICHARDS 15:24 6 4 2:51 4 0 3:29 0 4
11 A. KOPITAR 17:20 8 8 3:19 4 0 2:57 0 1
14 J. WILLIAMS 16:10 11 10 3:02 0 0 0:15 0 0
15 B. RICHARDSON 8:03 6 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
22 T. LEWIS 11:46 8 2 0:07 0 0 1:38 0 0
23 D. BROWN 15:15 7 8 3:02 0 0 1:44 0 0
24 C. FRASER 8:15 6 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
25 D. PENNER 14:00 3 4 0:07 0 0 0:00 0 0
26 S. VOYNOV 17:53 8 6 2:53 0 0 0:00 0 0
27 A. MARTINEZ 10:20 5 2 2:51 4 0 0:54 0 0
28 J. STOLL 11:48 7 2 2:41 0 0 2:43 0 4
32 J. QUICK 50:47 26 16 6:00 4 0 7:40 0 5
33 W. MITCHELL 19:17 10 6 3:09 0 0 5:51 0 5
71 J. NOLAN 8:09 5 3 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
74 D. KING 12:31 10 3 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
77 J. CARTER 13:34 1 2 2:51 4 0 2:34 0 1

Canucks Skaters

# Player EV PP SH
2 D. HAMHUIS 18:10 8 12 4:17 5 0 2:24 0 4
3 K. BIEKSA 18:14 7
12
3:23 0 0 2:38 0 3
4 K. BALLARD 14:04 5
6 0:00 0 0
0:48 0 0
6 S. SALO 16:36 3 6 2:40 0 0 2:48 0 0
7 D. BOOTH 13:56 4
10 2:44 0 0
0:00 0 0
8 C. TANEV 15:28 5 9 0:00 0 0 0:34 0 0
14 A. BURROWS 15:02 5 6
2:22 0 0 1:30 0 1
17 R. KESLER 16:09 5 5 5:09 5 0 1:58 0 1
20 C. HIGGINS 11:00 4
2
1:41 0 0 1:34 0 0
21 M. RAYMOND 8:42 2
8 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
22 D. SEDIN 15:45 6 11 4:56 5 0 0:00 0 0
23 A. EDLER 19:14 4 7 5:00 5 0 2:48 0 0
26 S. PAHLSSON 13:46 5 3 0:00 0 4 1:50 0 0
27 M. MALHOTRA 6:41 0 5 0:00 0 0 2:34 0 4
32 D. WEISE 6:37 0 7 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
33 H. SEDIN 17:51 5 14 5:46 5 0 0:00 0 0
35 C. SCHNEIDER 50:43 16 26 7:40 5 0 6:00 0 4
36 J. HANSEN 13:02 4 3 0:22 0 0 2:34 0 3
40 M. LAPIERRE 13:42 5 2 0:00 0 4 0:00 0 0

Chance Totals (Canucks on the left, Kings on the right).

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 4 5 3 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 13 8 9 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 11 3 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 1 5 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 21 30 16 26 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

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Thomas Drance lives in Toronto, eats spicy food and writes about hockey. He is an NHL News Editor at theScore, the ex-managing editor of CanucksArmy.com and an opinionated blowhard to boot. You can follow him on twitter @thomasdrance.
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#1 Buzz Lightbeer
April 23 2012, 11:46AM
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"•In Vancouver's last ten playoff games they've gone 2-8 and been outscored 29-12." What needs to change? Multi-million dollar contracts apparently cannot buy a heightened intensity and desire level this year. As great as they were last year, the 3-0 shutout at home in game 7 still haunts them.

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#2 Douglas
April 23 2012, 11:47AM
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Kesler was terrible. He was outplayed by Jarred Stoll's line. How does that happen?

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#3 Douglas
April 23 2012, 11:49AM
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Buzz Lightbeer wrote:

"•In Vancouver's last ten playoff games they've gone 2-8 and been outscored 29-12." What needs to change? Multi-million dollar contracts apparently cannot buy a heightened intensity and desire level this year. As great as they were last year, the 3-0 shutout at home in game 7 still haunts them.

I think it was 4-0 in game 7. And what do you mean haunts them? The fact that they had trouble winning at home?

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#4 Dmac
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What can we say? after being up 2-0 in the cup finals, the team is 2-8 in playoff games. The third period was tough to watch, and it is hard to imagine them winning game 6 in LA even had they pulled it out last night. The tieing goal was brutal - 3 Canucks and a King in front of the net and the King player wins the battle. OT goal, there was no support from forwards - no clear pass for Hamhuis to make.

Questions to ponder for off season (aside from goalies, and coach) - Kesler - did he rush back from surgery too soon? can her return to form, or was 2011 an aberation? - Edler - was too much expected too soon? Will he be able to regain confidence after long summer? - Kassian - Can he develope into a top 6 forward? will he need a half season in minors to develop? - Burrows was not much of a factor. Does he move back to the top line, or does he migrate to being strong third line player? - plus numerous questions about contracts, etc. (Keep Lappierre - when he keeps his mouth shut he is a good player)

Thanks to Thomas and friends for hosting this blogging site.

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#5 Buzz Lightbeer
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The confidence and swagger they rightfully earned last year imploded in game 7 last year. Fell on their own sword. Shutout, at home, with the Cup on the line? This group looked tentative and fragile emotionally from game 1 this year. Game 7 from last year still haunts them.

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#6 Dmac
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@Buzz Lightbeer

You could argue that it imploded a lot earlier in the cup final, say game 3 when Edler's stick broke on the opening play of second period. Edler of all the players represents the sense of fragility as he was clearly the player who made the most mistakes - he was on for the tieing goal last night (on top of turnovers leading to LA goals in games one and two, leaving Brown open in game 3, plus delay of game penalty at end of game). One hears talk of him being an elite defenseman - I wonder if the Swedish press see him as the next Lidstrom? Perhaps too much expectation on his shoulders - can he grow into it?

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#7 Mabell
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I guess Vancouver fans get what they deserve. If you continue to defend this team of divers, you can't blame others for enjoying your demise...

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#8 dan
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JTLUK Individual chances are inaccurate.. will provide link..

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#9 Niesy
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Under the green bar of "Van," aren't those the numbers of the Kings players on the ice? Eg. for the first chance that'd be Scuderi, Doughty, Brown, Stoll, and Quick on for the Kings; Bieksa, Hamhuis, Burrows, Kesler, etc. under "opponents."

I know the scripts get wonky sometimes. Thanks for putting in all the hard work to track the chances.

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#10 Dmac
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ah another of the legion of the lazy. Who is defending the team today? Losing to the Kings in 6 or 7 is not a complete surprise - Kings played very well - but losing in game 5 is.

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#11 Kurt
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Dmac wrote:

What can we say? after being up 2-0 in the cup finals, the team is 2-8 in playoff games. The third period was tough to watch, and it is hard to imagine them winning game 6 in LA even had they pulled it out last night. The tieing goal was brutal - 3 Canucks and a King in front of the net and the King player wins the battle. OT goal, there was no support from forwards - no clear pass for Hamhuis to make.

Questions to ponder for off season (aside from goalies, and coach) - Kesler - did he rush back from surgery too soon? can her return to form, or was 2011 an aberation? - Edler - was too much expected too soon? Will he be able to regain confidence after long summer? - Kassian - Can he develope into a top 6 forward? will he need a half season in minors to develop? - Burrows was not much of a factor. Does he move back to the top line, or does he migrate to being strong third line player? - plus numerous questions about contracts, etc. (Keep Lappierre - when he keeps his mouth shut he is a good player)

Thanks to Thomas and friends for hosting this blogging site.

You ask if 2011 was a blip for Kesler and if he can return to form. I'd say the real question is if 2010 was a blip, and this is the real Kesler. I'd suggest the latter is more likely.

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