Morning Buzz: Canucks pawned by Kings; huge comeback by Philly; Preds clip Wings but may lose Weber

VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 11: Goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a glove save to stop Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings as Kevin Bieksa #3 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on during the first period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Arena on April 11, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Was anyone else experiencing some serious déjà vu in the 2nd period last night? The constant stream of penalties resurrected some ghosts from the 2010 playoffs, but at least the Canucks actually managed to kill a few off this time.

But a great PK wasn't enough. The Canucks were curiously sluggish, far from the physical monster that we're used to seeing in the opening game of a playoff series under Alain Vigneault. There was the odd standout (Hansen, Luongo) and the odd stretch of good pressure at even strength, but overall it wasn't enough, and they'll need much more to get through LA.

Recaps and links from the first night of the 2012 NHL Playoffs after the jump.


Vancouver Canucks News & Notes

Brad Ziemer offers a rather scathing recap of Game 1 against LA. | VS

Ben Kuzma states the Canucks were "stifled" by the underdog Kings in last night's game. | NP

Do you think Byron Bitz's hit to the head of Kyle Clifford will draw a suspension? I'm betting on a game or two.

I think it's time for the Higgins - Kesler - Booth line to get back together. The team needs offense without Daniel and that line brings it. Match them up against the Richards line and let Hansen - Pahlsson - Lapierre deal with Kopitar.

The official LA Kings Twitter account sent out a tweet after the game last night that has a lot of people fired up. | CanucksArmy

Gord McIntyre sits down for a little Q&A with Alex Burrows. | The White Towel

It's a tale of two beards: Chris Higgins and Mason Raymond. | PITB

Cam Charron explains how David Booth has been a two-way machine this season. He showed some flashes last night. | CanucksArmy

CHB is holding a contest where you could win tickets to Game 2, go enter now and cheer on the boys to tie up the series!

NHL News & Notes

Jakub Voracek scored in OT for the Flyers to complete a 4-3 comeback victory over the Penguins. | Sportsnet

As Bobby Mac points out, the first playoff game in the post-Richards and Carter era for the Flyers proves they're still the "comeback kids". | TSN

Shea Weber turnbuckled Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass in the dying seconds of last night's win over the Wings. It was ugly, and probably warrants a one-game suspension. | PD

In that game, Darren Helm suffered a skate cut on his arm that required immediate surgery. Doesn't look good for Detroit. | Kukla's Korner

Mike Babcock had a zinger for the officials during an in-game interview: "The refs are trying to get to the Stanley Cup Finals just like the rest of us." | PHT

Tonight's games: OTT vs NYR at 4:00 on CBC, WSH vs BOS at 4:30 on CBC, SJ vs STL at 4:30 on TSN, and CHI vs PHX at 7:00 on TSN.

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