NHL Playoffs 2012: 6 Memorable Moments from Game 2 of Canucks vs. Kings

Carol SchramFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2012

NHL Playoffs 2012: 6 Memorable Moments from Game 2 of Canucks vs. Kings

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    If you're a Vancouver Canucks fan, you won't remember Game 2 fondly. But you will remember it.

    Overall, the Canucks played a pretty decent game. But special teams cost them and they came out on the wrong end on the scoresheet, leading to their first 0-2 playoff series deficit in more than a decade.

    The last time was in 2000-01, when they were swept by Colorado. They've never gone down 0-2 when starting at home.

    In chronological order, here are six memorable moments from a Friday the 13th that lived up to its billing.

Opening Video

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    Let's start on a positive note.

    No matter what the outcome, the game presentation staff at Rogers Arena does a masterful job of putting together their video montages and this one would give any fan chills.

    When this video ran just before the team skated on the ice for Game 2, it was probably the most uplifting moment of the game for the fans in Rogers Arena.

Dustin Brown's First Short-Handed Goal

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    The two teams played the first period almost exactly even. The shots were 11-10 in favour of the Canucks; faceoff percentage was 52-48 in Vancouver's favour; giveaways and blocked shots were even; the Canucks outhit the Kings 18-13.

    With just over two minutes to go in the period, David Booth won an extended puck battle with Willie Mitchell along the boards, forcing Mitchell to take a holding penalty. This was Vancouver's chance to snap the series goose egg on the power play.

    Instead, with seconds to go in the period, Alex Edler gave the puck away at the Vancouver blue line. Anze Kopitar was quick to pounce, and in the ensuing chaos, Dustin Brown was able to score so surprisingly even veteran announcer Jim Hughson thought the puck stayed out of the net.

    Alas, it was in. The Canucks were down 1-0 heading into the first intermission.

Jannik Hansen Ties the Game 1-1

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    The Canucks came out strong in the second period. It took just 17 seconds for them to tie the game, as newly-anointed first-liner Jannik Hansen tipped a Henrik Sedin shot past Jonathan Quick.

    For a moment, it looked like everything might turn out okay after all.

Dustin Brown's Second Short-Handed Goal

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    It didn't take long for the Canucks to get back in a hole. Willie Mitchell took another holding penalty at 4:59, and this time it took just 18 seconds for Dustin Brown to capitalize.

    You won't see Dan Hamhuis miss a puck at the point like this very often, but it was enough of an opening for Brown to break free and become the first player since 2006 to score two shorthanded goals in the same playoff game.

    At this point, the Canucks' power play is no longer just an offensive liability—it's now so bad that it's creating opportunities for the other team.

Luongo Keeps the Canucks in the Game

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    Despite all the talk of a goaltending controversy in Vancouver, Roberto Luongo has been one of the best players on the ice for Vancouver in its first two playoff games.

    Here, he makes an unbelievable save off Dustin Brown to keep his team in the game in the third period, allowing his team to keep pressing for the comeback.

    Luongo deserves to start Game 3, as the Canucks try to put the pieces back together on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Canucks Fight Back

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    Even after they went down 3-1 in the third period, the Canucks kept fighting, finishing the game with 48 shots and 45 hits.

    In this scrum, mild-mannered Dane Jannik Hansen tries his best to square off against Drew Doughty, as Vancouver keeps its intensity in high gear and its first line shows it's not afraid to mix things up.

    The Kings and Canucks traded goals after this scrum and Game 2 ultimately ended just like Game 1—with a 4-2 score.

    The Canucks battled until the final whistle, and they were the better team 5-on-5. But it's now or never—they must get the power play working in Game 3 or it'll be a long summer in Lotusland.