The season is over. Inches away from a 2-0 sweep in Vancouver. A period away from a 3-1 series lead. Yet, the Kings are done in six games.
The biggest reasons why the Vancouver Canucks are moving on to the next round: Roberto Luongo at one end and the Sedin twins at the other.
From the third period of Game 4 on, the Sedins were the dominant line in this series. The pace of the game in the third period, the Kings could not keep up with the Sedins.
Let's be real here. The Sedins were good but it was Bobby Lu who made the big saves when his team needed them. His stacking of the pads on Frolov's breakaway in the third period of Game Four was a turning point of the series. His glove save of Ryan Smyth in period two of Game Six was unfair. He was truly The Captain.
On the other end, Jonathan Quick did what I was afraid he might do. The Kings rode Quicker into the ground and our playoff fate was sealed before the postseason even began.
On the bright side...
Who would've thought the Kings were a 100-point team going into this season.
Hey, let's be serious here. The sky's the limit for this Kings team. Led by 20-year-old Norris Trophy nominee Drew Doughty, this club is on its way to being a powerhouse, and the Canucks had better take care of business this season before it's too late. They may not beat this Kings club next time around.
The Kings will be back and be better for it. For the Canucks, the moment is at hand. This team was built to win now. Step 1 is complete.
The Kings and Canucks are two teams at different stages. The Canucks time is now. The Kings made their first playoff appearance in eight years. They took a Canucks team that many picked to win the Conference to six games. No shame in that.
Kings have some questions going into the off-season. I'll do my best to answer them for Dean Lombardi. Check back soon.