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The Canucks fell in the first round of the playoffs this year, but they lost to the Los Angeles Kings, who turned out to be an unstoppable juggernaut. The Kings went on to roll over the St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes and New Jersey Devils on their way to their franchise's first ever Stanley Cup.
As such, Vancouver continued an odd trend of losing to the eventual champions with unlikely frequency, no matter what the round.
In 2011, it fell to Boston in the final, but in 2010, it lost to Cup-winners Chicago in the second round, and in 2007, it was beaten by the champion Anaheim Ducks. In the past six years, the only times it didn't lose to the champions were in 2008, when it missed the playoffs, and in 2009, when it lost to Chicago for the first time—the Hawks went on to lose to Detroit in the Conference Final.
It's an unusual pattern, but it emphasizes that while the Canucks haven't gone all the way yet, they only lose to teams that are firing on all cylinders. 2013 could be the year it all comes together.
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