For the Vancouver Canucks, the 2012 NHL Playoffs ended almost as quickly as they started.
Despite winning the President’s Trophy as the league's best team in the regular season for the second straight year, the Canucks were admittedly shocked by the L.A. Kings in the first round, losing the series 4-1.
Perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned by the Canucks' apparent shock and disbelief after their quick playoff exit, though. No playoff team can take be taken for granted in an NHL that’s ripe with parity and no team, regardless of how they finish the regular season, is good enough to ignore their shortcomings and assume that everything will work itself out when the games matter the most.
As you’re about to find out, the Kings may have played great, but most of the Canucks' problems in this series came from their own mentality heading into the playoffs. With that in mind, let’s dive right into the key takeaways for Vancouver from their disappointing first-round playoff loss.