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
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
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.