Parity reigning in NHL playoffs

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Expected to be a walkover for top-seeded Vancouver, Los Angeles instead ran over the Canucks, scoring 12 goals in five games while Quick turned away almost everything that came his way.

That put the Kings in the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 11 years and gave the NHL its biggest jolt in what has been a surprise-at-every turn playoffs.

“It went from 16 teams to eight, so it’s going to get a lot tougher, not easier,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.

And, the way things have gone so far, probably a lot wilder

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AP Sports Writers Teresa Walker in Nashville and Greg Beacham in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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