10 compelling storylines from the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs

Published: Thursday, May 9 2013 2:09 p.m. MDT

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Since beating Boston in Game 5 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, Alain Vigneault's Canucks have lost 10 of their last 11 playoff games.

Looking to rebound from losing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home, the Canucks repeated as the Presidents' Trophy winner last year, but were subsequently bounced from the first round in five games by eventual champion Los Angeles. In the lockout-shortened 2013 season, Vancouver won its fifth-straight Northwest Division title, but was swept in the first round by the sixth-seeded San Jose Sharks.

The last two years have been marred by a goaltender controversy between Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider as well as injuries to Ryan Kesler. Consecutive first-round exists could cost Vigneault his job. The offseason will be a busy one for General Manager Mike Gillis.
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