After taking the President's Trophy, the Vancouver Canucks have fallen in just five games to the Los Angeles Kings, but should blame truly go to goaltending or to the team's lackluster offensive production on home ice?
With a 2-1 OT victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 5, the Los Angeles Kings won their first playoff series in over a decade and completed their stunning 1/8 upset over the Presidents Trophy winners and defending Western Conference champions.
The sudden-death period started out fast, as both goalies had to make excellent saves to keep their games in the game. Perhaps the most impressive was a sprawling save from Kings goalie Jonathan Quick on a wrap-around shot from Mason Raymond:
The game ended soon afterwards, with Trevor Lewis forcing a turnover and creating a 2-on-1 breakaway for Jarett Stoll, who buried a slap-shot past Cory Schneider with 15:35 left in overtime:
With the victory, the Kings move on to face the St. Louis Blues, the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.
The Vancouver Canucks attempt to defend their 2011 Western Conference championship will be on the line in a sudden-death overtime period on their home ice, as the Los Angeles Kings scored early in the third period to even the score at 1-1.
The goalies were the story in the second period of Game 5, as both the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks were unable to convert on several excellent scoring opportunities in front of the net.
Jonathan Quick made 10 saves for Los Angeles, most dramatically when he stopped a Henrik Sedin breakaway late in the second period.
Cory Schneider was just as good for Vancouver, saving 10 shots of his own as the Canucks clung to a 1-0 lead. With their season on the line in the last two games, he's been excellent, allowing only one goal in the last five periods.
After giving up a goal in the first period, the Kings penalty kill unit recovered in the second, surviving a 2:00 minute checking penalty from Rob Scuderi and a 2:00 minute tripping penalty from Dwight King.
With their season on the line in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Los Angeles Kings, the Vancouver Canucks turned to the Sedin twins, who combined to score the only goal of the first period.
With 5:56 left in the first period, Daniel found Henrik in front of the net on a power play goal:
The special teams units got a lot of ice time, with Vancouver killing two penalties in the first five minutes, a 2:00 minute roughing penalty for Daniel Hamuis and a 2:00 minute hooking penalty for Henrik Sedin.
Los Angeles killed one of their own, a 2:00 minute holding penalty on Drew Doughty, before eventually breaking during a 2:00 minute roughing penalty from Brad Richardson.
The game has been fairly even in the first 20 minutes, with Los Angeles getting eight shots to Vancouver's six.