NHL Playoffs: Vancouver Canucks: What or Who Is Responsible for Their Collapse?

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NHL Playoffs: Vancouver Canucks: What or Who Is Responsible for Their Collapse?
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Both the Vancouver Canucks and their fans are in absolute shock from how their first round series with the Los Angeles Kings has gone.

Entering Game 4 on Wednesday evening in L.A., the Canucks will be on the brink of elimination by way of sweep, as they are down three games to none in the series. Following their heartbreaking Stanley Cup Finals loss in 2011, the 2012 Vancouver Canucks had only one expectation: win the Stanley Cup.

If they are eliminated by sweep in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2012, changes need to be made.

What or who is responsible for the Vancouver Canucks collapse thus far will likely be scrutinized and analyzed more deeply following their eventual elimination from the playoffs (if they don't pull off the reverse sweep).

Until then, here is what we think lies behind the Vancouver Canucks collapse in this first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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