Either way you look at it, the L.A. Kings fore-check has taken advantage of the poor play by the Vancouver Canucks defence throughout this series. The Kings have dominated the Canucks D when they try to break the puck out of their own zone.
The Kings fore-check has forced the Canucks to turn back into their own zone, tired them out, drawn delay of game penalties, and even created scoring chances based on the Canucks inability to break out. Whether it is the fault of the Kings terrific fore-check and energy, or a lack of communication on the Canucks side of things, it has been a major factor in this series.
Regardless, the Vancouver Canucks have spent far too much time in their own end in this series, and it has been their downfall. Even if the Kings haven't gotten as many shots on goal as the Canucks have, they have been able to take advantage of the pucks they do get on net largely due to a tired defenceman or a turnover by a Canuck in their own end. This awful puck play is killing the Canucks.
One player in particular who is having a postseason to forget is Vancouver Canucks young defenceman Alexander Edler. Although Edler is a plus-one, more of the plays he has made have resulted with his team going down shorthanded or turning the puck over and creating scoring chances for the Kings.
In addition to their poor play in their own end, the Vancouver Canucks defencemen are struggling with their puck-sense as well in the offensive end of the ice. Too often, they have been caught pinching down in an effort to keep the puck in the Kings end and have it bounce by them, resulting in partial breakaways, drawn penalties, and even goals.
In a word, the Vancouver Canucks defence has been awful this postseason and like they say, "defence wins championships," and this defence is not deserving of one at this stage.