Just before last night’s game, in our chat — thanks for Jim Fox for participating, and to all of you as well — Jim asked me for three keys to the game. I picked 1) the Kings’ ability to manage the first 10 minutes, 2) power plays and 3) the matchup in goal. Two of the three went Vancouver’s way. Goalie Cory Schneider justified the faith shown in him by coach Alain Vigneault, as he turned in a tremendous, clutch effort. The Canucks scored two power-play goals and didn’t allow any. It seemed reasonable to think, though, that the Canucks would start the must-win game strong and that the Kings would have to weather an early storm. It turned out precisely the opposite way.

The Kings dominated the first period and easily could have scored three goals. They got one, but when the Canucks came with an expected push-back in the second period, the Kings couldn’t handle it. The Canucks skated, hit and moved the puck with confidence and authority and took a 2-1 lead going into the third period, then iced the game with an amazing sequence in which they stopped a penalty shot, then scored a power-play goal less than 30 seconds later. The Kings missed an enormous opportunity to close out the series. The must-win pressure is still on the Canucks, but now they get three days to regroup, and all they have to do is win a home game in order to make it a 3-2 series. What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in Game 4? I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…

The Key Three: April 18

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

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Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

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Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

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Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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