The optimism surrounding the Presidents' Trophy win was short-lived.
It took less than two weeks for the Canucks to be eliminated from the 2012 Stanley Cup playoff run, falling in five games to eight place Los Angeles in a stunning upset.
Along the way, Cory Schneider supplanted Roberto Luongo in the Canucks' net—a move that will likely impact the team significantly when play resumes.
It turned out the Kings were for real. They went on to steamroll St. Louis, Phoenix and New Jersey, losing just four games on their way to capturing their franchise's first Stanley Cup.
We've yet to have a chance to see if the changes made in the wake of the loss will have the desired effect for the Canucks when they get back on the ice.
Here's hoping that the lockout is settled soon and 2013 will once again be filled with NHL hockey.
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