Coldplay have left the building and in their place a rising young group out of California moves in, eager to make some noise, steal away a win and take a series, that at least would be the plan of the Los Angeles Kings, who can eliminate the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.
Perhaps the Canucks (and their fans) found some comfort from the collective song book of the lads, such tunes as "Don't Panic", "Everything's Not Lost", "Sparks" and "Up against the world" providing the momentum to move on against the Kings and to greater Glory.
To that end, Alain Vigneault says it simply, the Canucks know that they have to be better.
The three day break between games could work to the Canucks benefit, providing more rest for Daniel Sedin and helping the team refocus on the job ahead (though we hope they turned off the radios and didn't read the newspapers, as the three days provided for no shortage of chatter and material over goal tending and the future, not really conducive to the moment thing).
Los Angeles, which a few games back probably thought they had the Canucks so off balance that victory was theirs for the taking, gave the Canucks a crack in the door, Sunday night will tell if Vancouver is going to move through it or if the door slams shut.
Game Five-- Los Angeles 2 at Vancouver 1 (OT)
LOS ANGELES WINS the series 4 games to 1
Previews and Reviews
Vancouver Province-- Canucks eliminated in 2-1 OT heartbreaker
Vancouver Province-- Canucks' Salo watches Stanley Cup chance turn to dust
Vancouver Province-- Former Canuck Mitchell happy to win with Kings
Vancouver Province-- Canucks came up flat, no gas in tank against Kings
Vancouver Province-- Canucks' Schneider takes defeat on the chin, pulls no punches
Vancouver Province-- Canucks lost a Kings series they were never really in
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks clearly second best, outplayed by L. A. Kings in playoffs
Vancouver Sun-- Vancouver Canucks 'in shock' after playoffs end with overtime loos to L. A.
Vancouver Sun-- L. A. Kings' overtime hero Jarret Stoll had been in this position before
Vancouver Sun-- Stoll goal a Kings' killer against Canucks in overtime
Vancouver Sun-- Game within a Game: Kings convert a 2-on-1 in OT
Los Angeles Times-- Kings complete stunning upset of Canucks with overtime win
Los Angeles Times-- Los Angeles Kings earned their upset win over Vancouver Canucks
Los Angeles Times-- Kings eliminate the Canucks with 2-1 overtime win
Los Angeles Daily News-- Stoll helps L. A. advance to second round...
Globe and Mail-- Questions surround future of Canucks' core
Globe and Mail-- Kings eliminate Canucks in OT
Globe and Mail-- How the Kings made Quick work of Canucks
Sportsnet- Failure to launch
National Post-- Canucks couldn't escape early series deficit
National Post-- By the time Canucks woke up, the series was gone
National Post-- Canucks knocked out of playoffs by Kings
Vancouver Province-- Sedins struggle for signature moment must end for Canucks to win series
Vancouver Province-- Canucks' Lapierre walks fine line between aggressiveness and stupidity
Vancouver Province-- Canucks' Schneider prepared for Game 5 pressure cooker
Vancouver Province-- Canucks, Kings agree do or die Game 5 is 'just one hockey game'
Vancouver Province-- Canucks' Luongo ignores rumour mill, readies to be 'team guy'
Vancouver Province-- Move over Schneider, Kevin Bieksa's Ryan Kesler impersonation is..
Vancouver Province-- Henrik Sedin says elbow on Dustin Brown "a shoving motion"
Vancouver Province-- NHL baffles with Torres suspension
Vancouver Sun-- "I think we are ready" says coach Vigneault
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks to unleash "Mouthketeers" on L. A. Kings
Vancouver Sun-- Secondary scoring a must
Vancouver Sun-- Kings exec Hextall doesn't have a taste for Sedinery
Vancouver Sun-- The Net Whisperer quietly does the job
Vancouver Sun-- "Hated" trio vow to play it straight
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks try to shift pressure to Kings
Vancouver Sun-- Canucks offer their reaction to Raffi Torres 25 game suspension
Los Angeles Times-- Kings hope to break through in Game 5 after another extended break
Los Angeles Times-- Daniel Sedins return to Canucks complicates challenge for Kings
Los Angeles Times-- There's playoff mettle - and then there's the mayhem
Los Angeles Times-- Canucks need stops, so Cory Schneider tends to it
Los Angeles Times-- Kings benefit from Darryl Sutter's varied personality
Los Angeles Daily News-- Robitaille knows the Kings' business belongs pointed toward the Cup
Los Angeles Daily News-- Now it's Kings, not Canucks, feeling pressure
Los Angeles Daily News-- Schneider stops 43 of 44 for Canucks as Kings fail to close out series
Globe and Mail-- Canucks need to get offensive to stay alive
Globe and Mail-- Canucks react to Torres suspension
National Post-- We know we have to be better
Previous Items on the series