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The theme of Game 1 was good omens.

The Canucks leave a 3-2 overtime win aglow with their goaltending, defence, and resolve. The Kings are encouraged by their goaltending, power play, and poise.

Lots of hockey left.

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Some impressions...

Alexander Edler. The Canucks needed a Willie Mitchell-like stopper, and the soft-spoken Swede was the most physical competitor on the ice. Explosive hit on Doughty -- message served. Edler anchored a D-corps that allowed no goals at even strength, and played 38 minutes minus Andrew Alberts (game misconduct). Gutty stuff.

Goaltending. Roberto Luongo, very good. The goal-line save in overtime was the play of the game, but he was also on-the-puck. Even when he didn't see rubber, it hit him. Jonathan Quick, exceptional. Forty-one saves and a performance that makes you wonder if he can steal one down the road. The only problem: he is winless in nine starts. Curious George is becoming King Kong.

Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. Kopitar looked comfortable as a first-time playoff starter, he had an assist and generated some possession in the offensive zone. Brown also drew an assist, but this wasn't his best night. The Kings had some quiet stretches in the first and third, but were 2-for-3 on the power play, and showed just enough to believe in a brighter day.

Open ice. The refs tucked their whistles, and three of five goals were scored on the PP. But for a playoff game, there was ample space out there, and five-on-five play was not choked of flow. Still think we could see some fireworks.

Drew Doughty. In the pre-game warm-up, cameras caught the 20-year-old singing along with the blaring arena music, All I Do Is Win by DJ Khaled.

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Based in Vancouver, Matthew spearheads the Globe's sports coverage in B.C., and spends most of his time with the NHL Canucks and CFL Lions. He has worked for four dailies and TSN since graduating from Carleton University's School of Journalism a decade ago, and has covered the Olympic Games, Super Bowls, Grey Cups, the Stanley Cup playoffs and the NBA Finals. More

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