I'm still in a daze.
My mind is numb from last nights dizzying victory that capped off an amazing first round knockout of the San Jose Sharks.
Most would have written off the Kings after they lost the first three games of the series. Heck, my pregame posts that typically root for the Kings had disappeared after Game 3. I just couldn't muster up the energy, and I feared my depressed state of mind would come through in my writing.
That doesn't mean that I didn't believe, though. I still thought we had a chance. That deep within my flag-waving heart, the Kings could still pull out a victory.
As we witnessed, the Kings played with heart, conviction and poise. They knew that what had unfolded was on them, and it would be up to them to make it right. They didn't complain about bad refereeing, or sulk around feeling sorry for themselves. Instead, they retooled their game, fixed their deficiencies and played like the kind of club we had hoped we'd see during the first few games of this series. Unlike the Sharks, they got better as the series went on, and now they find themselves headed towards Round 2.
I want to add, that last nights victory was due, in large part, to the efforts of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. With the game still tied at 1 a piece, he came up with an incredible save midway through the second period. If not for this save, I dare say that the outcome of the game may have been different. Watch the highlight below. For more video highlights from the game go here.
Well... The rivalry game every Southern California hockey fans has been hoping for is finally happening. The Kings will face off against the Anaheim Ducks, and it all starts this Saturday. It promises to be an epic showdown.
Last night, I got together with my season ticket buddy to snag a couple tickets for Game 1 and 2 in Anaheim before prices skyrocketed - today, prices are almost double what they were yesterday. So, I'll be rooting for the Kings live for the first 4 games of the series.
Via the @LAKings on twitter, here is the schedule:
The one we've all waited for. pic.twitter.com/YXWrm9v2oV
— LA Kings (@LAKings) May 1, 2014
The photo at the very top via @LAKings on twitter.
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