The harder they fall: two playoff giants ousted

As the picture above shows, the first round of the playoffs is drawing closer to a conclusion. Four of the eight series are complete and the two games tonight could add to that total.

Yesterday saw the Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated. Both teams were expected to make lengthy runs and in both cases there are a lot more questions than answers at the moment. Continue reading

Morning Skate: Is that a weenie in your hat?

Morning skate is a feature that will look at the stories developing each day in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a look ahead to the games on the schedule.

There were three game-three’s on the schedule last night and in each case the road team won by a goal.

Rangers 1 Senators 0

Henrik Lundqvist held off the Ottawa Senators, making 39 saves, and Brian Boyle scored the only goal in a 1-0 Rangers win. Lundqvist made his best save on Kyle Turris, point blank and alone in the slot, with less than a minute to go. Despite speculation he could play, Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson sat the game out with concussion symptoms.

Game 4 Wednesday 7:30 EST

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Playoff Previews: Canucks vs Kings

1 Vancouver Canucks vs 8 Los Angeles Kings

The Vancouver Canucks enter this years playoffs with one goal in mind. To win one more game than last year. It took game 82 of the regular season to clinch their second straight Presidents Trophy, but the Canucks are maybe an even better team than they were last season when they got to game seven of the finals. But you have to start at round one, and nothing is guaranteed.

That is the sentiment that the LA Kings are hoping to capitalize on. Vancouver may be the favorites, but this is an LA team that has underachieved and they, more than anyone, realize they have the depth and talent to compete with anyone, including Vancouver.

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