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Vancouver Canucks: Three quick notes from the Kings game

Written on January 18, 2012 at 08:13, by HTTN

The Canucks ride a shootout loss into a 3-day break


-written by Shane Koka

On Tuesday, the Vancouver Canucks tried to bounce back against the resurgent Los Angeles Kings. They nearly managed it, coming back to tie the game twice, but eventually lost the shootout.

Here are our three thoughts on the game:

1. Spotting a team a lead? Don’t make it the Kings.

The LA Kings have lost in regulation only once since Darryl Sutter took the reins from Terry Murray.

Since March 2009, the LA Kings are 73-0-5 when taking a lead into the 3rd period. Let that sink in for a minute. The Kings have not lost in regulation in nearly 3 years when leading after 40 minutes. So you’ve got to take it as a positive that the Canucks came so close to taking 2 points after starting the game so carelessly.

Sutter SuitPimp-ass suit… 30 years ago

2. Let’s make more of the Kesler/AV rift.

The thing about Vancouver is that we really only have one team to obsess over (with all due respect to the Lions and Whitecaps). When you give the media some fuel, they’ll make a fire. This is what happened with the “rift” between Alain Vigneault and Ryan Kesler.

Really, it was a case of a deadpan sarcastic AV being sarcastically deadpan, and a chippy Kes being chippy. (That’s just who they are.)

Kesler did not respond to the arguing with a strong effort, though. He had a few good chances, and nearly set-up a beauty for Chris Higgins, but was a bit of an afterthought all game long.

The Canucks need him to be a bull in a china shop, and he’s been more of a regular customer in a china shop.

3. This defense worries me.

File this one under deja vu: The Canucks were loaded on defense at the outset of the season, but an injury to Sami Salo has left them looking exposed on the back end.

On Tuesday, the Canucks gave up 6 odd-man rushes and a goal in the first 10 minutes. In fact, they were outshot 13-3 to start the game.

Is Aaron Rome actually ready for top-4 minutes? He played there against the Kings and was at fault on both Kings’ goals. If not for Roberto Luongo’s heroics in the crease, the defense would’ve looked even worse.

Rome LuongoNext time try hitting him before the shot, Rome