April 22, 2012; Vancouver, BC, CANADA; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) congratulates Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown (23) during overtime of game five of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at Rogers Arena. The Los Angeles Kings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

The Stage Is Set

I’m not gonna throw a lot of fluff into this because that’s not my style. I’ll just post the facts for you to read then move on and enjoy your day. First though; the Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks in the first round!!! Yep, still feels good to write that and it must be nice to read it.

I have to give props to Nick Thomas (@buckythomas on Twitter) for stepping up and helping a fellow Kings fan out. I went to buy tickets yesterday morning, typed in the presale password – AND IT WAS SOLD OUT. Talk about disappointment. Yes, it was the right password. Yes, I waited until 10 am pacific. I even tried before and after – no joy. So I sent out a message on Twitter voicing my displeasure and pleading with the general public to come to the aid of a fellow Kings fan so my wife and I could at least attend one game of the second round and Nick stepped up. Thanks bro! We’ll meet up prior to game one next Thursday where I will buy drinks.

Now on to the details of the Conference Semifinals.

Western Conference Semifinals:
No. 2 seed St. Louis Blues vs. No. 8 seed Los Angeles Kings
No. 3 seed Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 4 seed Nashville Predators
Eastern Conference Semifinals:
No. 1 seed New York Rangers vs. No. 7 seed Washington Capitals
No. 5 seed Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 6 seed New Jersey Devils

As Kayla Shimasaki astutely pointed out on Twitter last night:

In case you forgot…
Vezina Trophy Finalists:
H. Lundqvist of Rangers
Jonathan Quick of Los Angeles Kings
P. Rinne of Predators

Announced this morning are the Hart Trophy Finalists:
Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist
Penguins C Evgeni Malkin
Lightning C Steven Stamkos

Jonathan Quick snubbed? Oh well, guess he’ll have to win the Vezina.

That’s it. Short and quick. You can get back to your day now. Oh, I heard there’s a game tomorrow…

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