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So now I'm rollin' down Rodeo with a shotgun: Canucks & Kings, Game III

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Vancouver Canucks
@ Los Angeles Kings

Monday, Apr 19, 2010, 7:00 PM PDT
Opposition Blog: Battle of California, Jewels From The Crown

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Somewhere along the way in the second period of Saturday's game (oh, around the eleven minute mark) I want to say a crazy thing happened but honestly it wasn't: Vancouver took themselves out of the game (especially at even strength). No disrespect to the Kings effort, but I can't count how many times I've seen Vancouver get scored on in quick succession and then everything unravels shortly thereafter. They stopped challenging Quick (hell they they just stopped shooting), got lazy in their own end and Doughty and company made them pay. Forget the missed shots or the penalties called; those won't matter in the long run if Vancouver wants to play each shift in a timid manner.

Tonight brings with it two glimpses of hope: Alberts is gone and Demitra is close to joining him. Kicking out the dead weight didn't work out too badly for LA dropping Williams and Jones. Not sure Grabner needs a promotion, but he's had a bit of magic in Southern California before. Glass for Rypien? Just stay out of the box Tanner. And while Luongo hasn't been bad, I've been spoiled watching Anderson, Niemi and Bryzgalov and would like to see the Cap't stand on his head and then some.

Perhaps one other benefit is Vancouver's feeling the pressure now and maybe the "we could be in deep shit" vibe can snap a few of them into playoff relevancy.

Time to wrassle the mo' back.

Gamethread on. Coconuts go.