There aren't many hockey fans that predicted a 2-0 series lead for the Los Angeles Kings once that matchup with Vancouver was set, yet here we are. I had the utmost privilege to watch game two with a diehard Kings family—as in pre-Gretzky era Kings fans who couldn't be happier following another incredible 4-2 victory on the road.
For those who believe momentum from the regular season is key for playoff success, this series is sure to change your ways. Vancouver closed out the 2012 campaign winning eight of their last nine games and secured their second straight President's Trophy as the league's best regular season team.
The Kings, on the other hand, finished out the season with back to back close, scrappy, playoff-esque games against San Jose—both finishing in shootout losses.
I am a firm believer that once the playoffs start, anything can happen. Last year we saw an incredible series between Vancouver and Chicago in which Chicago forced overtime in Game 7 after starting the series down three games to none.
The next two for the Kings break down like this:
Game Three: at Los Angeles; Sunday, April 15, 10:30 PM EST
Game Four: at Los Angeles; Wednesday, April 18, 10:30 PM EST
Vancouver is not quite in panic mode just yet, and can certainly come back and win this series. Knowing that, here are the five key takeaways for the Kings following their impressive 2-0 road trip in B.C.