April 22, 2010
LOS ANGELES — Things were looking awfully good for the Los Angeles Kings, who took a 3-2 lead into the third period of Game 4 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff game against the Vancouver Canucks on April 21 at Staples Center.
But the third period proved disastrous for the Kings, who wound up dropping a 6-4 decision and, instead of taking a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series, they now head to Vancouver for Game 5 on April 23 with the series tied, 2-2.
Whether they were overconfident and let up to start the third period, or maybe they were playing not to lose instead of continuing to attack and take the game to the Canucks. But whatever the reason was, the Kings stopped playing their system in the third period and that opened the floodgates for the Canucks, who took full advantage. Read more of this post