The solution is simple as the Vancouver Canucks look to avoid an upset in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Coach Alain Vigneault's crew must be better on special teams after suffering a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the second game of the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series Friday night.
Vancouver's playoff survival depends on significant improvement on in both the power-play and penalty-killing departments. Heading into Sunday's third game in Los Angeles, the Canucks find themselves down 2-0 for the first time ever when they have held home-ice advantage in a series.
Vancouver enabled Kings captain Dustin Brown to tie an NHL single-game playoff record with two shorthanded goals.
Vancouver also gave up a power-play goal as the Kings scored on one of four man-advantage opportunities. On the other hand, the Canucks produced zilch on five power plays that, as Brown's goals indicated, looked downright ugly at times.
Brown's first goal, in the dyin...