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Kings Send Vancouver Packing

Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images – Cory Schneider watches as Jarret Stoll’s wrist shot goes over his blocker.

Just 4:27 into overtime, Jarret Stoll sent a quick snap shot over the blocker side of Cory Schnieder, and just like that…it was all over. The Vancouver Canucks and two time President Trophy winners, have been eliminated from the first round of the playoffs. This is the first time since 2004 that the Canucks have not advanced past the first round. The Kings advance to the second round of the playoffs, their first since 2001, where they eliminated the Detroit Red Wings in 6 games. It was also only the 10th time an 8th seeded team has defeated a 1st seed team in the first round since the NHL went to its current playoff format in 1994.

Jarret Stoll, the hero of the game had this to say:

“It’s special,” Stoll said. “It’s pride in the organization, and your team and your teammates and coaching staff. They’re a great team over there, it took a lot to beat them.” Stoll scored from the left wing side on a turnover at the Vancouver blue line. Trevor Lewis made a tremendous play and tapped the puck to Stoll that turned into a 2-on-1 situation. It looked like Stoll might make the pass, but instead took the shot himself. “I was shooting all the way there,” Stoll said. “I had a lot of room up top. I saw a little room up top and put it where I wanted to. I just got lucky, I guess.”

When asked to sum up his feelings on the Kings win, Kings captain Dustin Brown had this to say: “In a word, great,” a grinning Brown said of his feelings. “And the way we did it and the team we did it against. Coming in with a lot of people probably not giving us much of a chance. It’s huge. I’ve been here for eight, nine years and this is a pretty good feeling for a lot of guys in here, especially some of the guys that have been here for extended amounts of time.”

The Kings now move on to the secound round where the face the number 2 seed, the St. Louis Blues. The Kings regular season record against the Blues this year is 3-1. That being said, I think this will be a very good matchup. Goaltending, defense, special teams will play a critical factor in this series. The Kings will have at least 4 days off to rest pending the outcome of tonight’s Phoenix/Chicago game and rescheduling. As soon as the next round’s schedule is posted, I will re-post here.

A huge congratulations goes out to the Los Angeles Kings. Their victory last night was well deserved. I wish them well on their upcoming series and hope to keep posting positive posts here.



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