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Vancouver Canucks


After two trips to the second round, they blew a three-games-to-two lead and suffered a bitter defeat on home ice in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. The Canucks bounced back to win the Presidents' Trophy for the best regular-season record in 2011-12, but, alas, it proved to be a meaningless piece of silverware as they were upset in the first round by the eighth-seeded L.A. Kings, four games to one. The defeat unleashed speculation that longtime goaltender Roberto Luongo would traded, coach Alain Vigneault would depart for Montreal, and GM Mike Gillis's job was in jeopardy.

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