Discuss: Kings eliminate Canucks in 5


Since the NHL switched playoff formats in 1994 — seeding teams one through eight in a conference format — the No. 8 seed has upset the No. 1 seed nine times in 32 tries.

On Sunday, the LA Kings made it 10.

The Western Conference’s eighth seed defeated the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in overtime, with Jarret Stoll providing the heroics just 4:27 into sudden death. The Kings will now face the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference semifinal.

Some talking points:

— Like he was all series long, Jonathan Quick proved a virtual brick wall in the Kings net. He made several huge stops to keep Vancouver from getting its second goal, including a breakaway save on Daniel Sedin late in the second period:

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Quick finished the night with 26 saves on 27 shots, and ended the series with a .953 save percentage.

— The Kings trailed until 3:21 of the third period when Brad Richardson jammed home the equalizer. It was Richardson’s first point of the series since returning from an appendectomy in Game 4 — he almost scored the winner in regulation, but his shot with 10 minutes to go in the third hit the post.

— The Canucks went 27-10-4 at home during the regular season. They went 0-3 in the playoffs.

— It promises to be a long, uncomfortable summer in Vancouver. There will be questions about Alain Vigneault’s job status and the future of Roberto Luongo, who was replaced by Schneider midway through the series as the Canucks’ No. 1 netminder.

— Since the format change, a No. 1 seed has never lost in five games. So the Canucks have that going for them, which is…something.


Vigneault can’t escape blame for Canucks failings

Already without Eberle, the Oilers could also be missing Hall tonight

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Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.

Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.

The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.

Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.

Sabres waive d-man Donovan

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Buffalo has put blueliner Matt Donovan on waivers, per Sportsnet.

Donovan, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on the opening day of free agency after spending his entire professional career with the Isles organization.

The fact he’s being waived isn’t a huge shock. Donovan failed to draw into a single Sabres game this year despite a whittled-down blueline; Jake McCabe, recently called up from AHL Rochester, drew into the lineup for Monday’s win over Columbus at the expense of Carlo Colaiacovo, who played the first two games of the year.

The fact both McCabe and Colaiacovo were ahead on the depth chart didn’t bode well for Donovan. Today’s move could also suggest that Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played this year due to injury, is ready to return.