April 14, 2012 8:20 am

The Key Three: April 13

One shorthanded goal seemed improbable. Two shorthanded goals seemed nearly miraculous. A three-goal third-period lead against a desperate team, a team that recorded the most points in the NHL regular season? That’s practically historic. For only the second time in franchise history, and the first time since any of the current players were born, the Kings hold a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series. And they did it by going on the road and beating a Vancouver team that had never gone 0-2 at home to start a best-of-seven playoff series.

The score was identical to Game 1 — 4-2 — but it was a different game. This time, the Canucks outshot the 48-26 and goalie Jonathan Quick was exceedingly sharp. The big similarity? The Kings once again won the special-teams battle, by knockout. The Kings scored a power-play goal, were perfect on the penalty kill and scored two shorthanded goals. Once again, 5-on-5 the Canucks were arguably the better team, but the Kings made the most of their chances while the Canucks didn’t. What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 2? I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…

The Key Three: April 13

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