The Vancouver Canucks have lacked for many things over their history, but rarely in the last 20 years have they been without hope.
They looked fairly close to it Friday night after Game 2 of their first-round National Hockey League playoff series, down 0-2 to the Los Angeles Kings, who are far better than people reckoned when the visitors were being picked to lose to the Canucks in five games — six, max.
In 17 previous series that started with two games in Vancouver, the Canucks had never lost both games. They've never won a series after losing the first two games. They hadn't lost the first two — home or away — since 2001, when they were swept by Colorado as the Avalanche was on its way to the Stanley Cup.
There are lots of ways for the Canucks to rationalize the deficit.