Some twit fires up Canucks
Kings account tweets trash talk
RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
VANCOUVER - Now we'll see whether NHL bulletin boards exist via cyberspace.
If the Vancouver Canucks didn't have enough reasons to be looking for revenge when they next face the Los Angeles Kings in their Western Conference quarterfinal series, the Kings communications department added some fuel to the fire.
In the aftermath of the Kings' 4-2 win in Wednesday's opener, the Kings official Twitter account stated: "To everyone in Canada outside BC, you're welcome."
Talk about opening a can of worms, even if the prevailing attitude across Canada may be anti-Canucks, and the Kings weren't impressed.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) April 12, 2012
The organization apologized -- even though the tweet remains on the club's official feed -- and even the players weren't too amused.
"As players, we're all smart enough to know bulletin board material at this time of the year is not a good idea," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "Maybe someone who is control of the Twitter feed needs to understand that as well."
Defenceman Drew Doughty admitted the line was "kind of funny" but said: "I don't know if we should be saying that at this point, after winning one game."
No kidding. If Los Angeles wins the series, then it'll be fair game.
And you bet there will be Canadians willing to say "Thanks."
The reaction from the Canucks ran the gamut.
"You laugh about it a bit, but we're used to it," backup goalie Cory Schneider said. "Everyone's kind of doing that stuff to us, so it doesn't really bother us a whole lot. We have bigger, more important things to worry about than what their team is putting on Twitter."
Coach Alain Vigneault added: "I don't read the Twitter world. I don't care about the Twitter world. I care about the Stanley Cup playoffs and we're going to focus on Game 2."
Truly, that is more important for the Canucks, who can ill afford to lose a second consecutive game before the best-of-seven series heads to Southern California.
As close as the final score was in the opener, the Canucks were outplayed by a wide margin, especially through the first two periods. Adding to their problem was a stream of penalties, which the Kings took advantage of by going 2-for-8 on the power play.
"Obviously we were expecting a better performance," Vigneault said. "That being said, it didn't happen and there's nothing we can do about it. I think the objective is not to win one game, the objective is to win four games.
"We're going to get back on track, this group has a lot of confidence in itself and I've got a lot of confidence in it."
The Canucks, however, are facing uncharted territory.
Last year's team didn't trail in a series until finally watching its Stanley Cup hopes disappear in the seventh game of the final round.
They had won eight consecutive series openers.
Could it be a different feeling?
"It's no different feeling if you're up 1-0," defenceman Sami Salo said. "You have to prepare yourself the same way the next game. We knew we didn't play our best game, so we're going to correct a few things, but it doesn't matter if you're up 1-0 or if you're down 1-0."
Besides, the Canucks should have a little extra fire when they take to the ice at the Rogers Arena.
"I don't think we need bulletin board material," goalie Roberto Luongo said. "We're a hungry team and we want to get to where we were last year.
"That's the only motivation we need."
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