Canucks/Kings Game IV Recap

Careful now Salo, don't pull anything while celebrating. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Our apologies for the late recap, so we'll do it bullet style for ease of digestion:

  • Roberto Luongo - Not as strong as we'd like, but good enough for the win. The save on Frolov was a game changer. Sayeth the captain: "On Frolov I just wanted to do something a little different and he ended up shooting and I got a piece." Hell of a time to try something different.
  • Drew Doughty - Could have swore one of us NM'ers gave this guy a proper man-crush in the series previews. The guy is dangerous no matter where he is on the ice. Healthy amount of fear and respect going on.
  • Daniel Sedin / Henrik Sedin - Called out by the coach, shut down for two periods and then helped rip the game away from LA in the third. Daniel assisted on all third period goals (excluding the ENG) and Henrik picked up two, including the GWG. Henrik also played the part of pinata in the final few minutes, at one point forechecking and falling to the ice on the puck with four (or five?) Kings around him.
  • Ryan Kesler - Solid play all over the map again. Can probably write a book now on how much it sucks to square off with Jarret Stoll on the faceoff dot.
  • Michal Handzus - Another strong performance from Lockjaw's line, especially in the first two periods. It was a relief to watch him head to box rather than sit in front of Luongo on the PP for a change.
  • Mikael Samuelsson - Sweden called again to remind you that you're still not good enough for their team.
  • Pavol Demitra - Thank you. We've been waiting since the second round last year to see that type of game. So much so we'll ignore your cap hit until Friday night. Similar props for Kyle Wellwood and fourth line enigma Steve Bernier.
  • Christian Ehrhoff - What he said.
  • Nolan Baumgartner - Welcome back nice guy. Slow and steady.
  • Wayne Simmonds - Sorry, Mr. Meat Train I mean. Your Bobby Orrs all over the ice are a sight to behold. Nice clutch goal to send a collective punch to our stomachs too. Speaking of which, feel free to have a word with Alex Burrows on that topic.
  • Mason Raymond / Michael Grabner - If you were out there, I missed it. No wait, that goes more for Grabner. Raymond I saw you along the boards falling down constantly. Speedy feet?
  • SOB - Pregame fines, Doughty scrums and then fighting your own coaches? Someone get him a chubby girl quick or he'll never calm down.

Vancouver still has a truck load to improve on before the best of three starts. Chief of which remains their PK which is still setting the post season mark for abysmally laughable; it was great to break the streak in the second, but Rick Bowness needs to come up with another strategy. 43.8% on the kill, of rather 9 PP goals against in four games (the Kings record, dating back to the Gretzky days I believe, is 11) is beyond the definition of unacceptable.

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