This photo stinks.
I had only gone to Staples Center once prior and it was also a Sharks-Kings game. Of course, that time the game was in December so it was different and it was three years ago before the Kings became the Kings of hockey. The game tonight was Game 7. It was one of the best seven-game series hockey had to offer in recent years. This was what great hockey was about.
Knowing the Sharks, this season was going to be a struggle and this series wasn’t going to be easy. The Sharks were still trying to find their own identity. But as they tried to do so in this shortened season, they also had to win an important playoff game. It was a tough journey.
I could easily just say that Jonathan Quick was too good, but I won’t. He was good. But the Sharks didn’t challenge him enough. The shots on goal were too easy most times. Credit to the Kings for keeping the area in front of the net congested, but there were numerous times where the Sharks just didn’t give Quick a challenge.
I don’t like the Kings. Sucks even more they’re the defending champs. But now it’s time to finish their reign of terror.
All California, all in right now. The Sharks match up well against the Kings. Antti Niemi is on a roll and this Sharks team is better than the ones of years past. They can win this. I believe it.
I might go to a game. Let’s see how much tickets are and how frugal I can be about it.
The Kings announced Thursday that they will be eliminating purple from their color scheme. The color has had a lot of history but recently, they’ve switched to the black and silver scheme (and the first time they had it a little before Wayne Gretzky’s arrival).
To me, the color purple has always been associated with yoyalty. In the NBA, that’s what the Kings have emphasized for many years. And in the NHL, the Kings’ best looks in my opinion are with purple.
I remember when the Kings switched to the black and silver in the late `80s. Part of it was cultural and possibly some of it was influenced by the Raiders. Either way, the color scheme had an attitude and it was very popular.
The paper I picked up yesterday.
Yesterday I picked up a copy of the LA Times. I read through it. I hated it.
This is the second time in two years that a rival of my favorite team won a championship title. The Kings won the Stanley Cup on Monday and back in 2010, the Giants won the World Series. (I’m a Sharks and A’s fan.)
Since I now live in the Los Angeles area, I am surrounded by all this Kings love. When the Giants won, I was working in San Francisco. And it sucks to see a rival win a title.
I am a Sharks fan and I don’t care for these Kings. In fact, I really wish that the Kings would have lost in the first round.
But with the Kings shocking everybody as the 8th seed, I start to realize that we need the Kings to keep playing well. Their mentality, style is playing at a level that is just fun to watch.
Since they were in must-win mode to just into the playoffs, they carried that right into the dance and dominated the Canucks and Blues. Now they’ve won again and appear to be on their way to the Cup Finals. And if they actually win the Cup, I’ll be living in Los Angeles and I might just go the parade to see.
Not because I am a Kings fan, but I want to be part of what I think is one of the most remarkable playoff runs in any sport.
If you missed today’s game, you missed out on a great hockey battle. I normally don’t write much about hockey but it is actually my second favorite sport to watch. And this battle had everything you wanted in a great, exciting hockey game.
The rivalry between these two teams is so intense that every time these two meet, it’s going to be great. This time, the Sharks are trying to catch up to the Kings to win the Pacific division and I was just so amazed at the grittiness that the Sharks displayed on the ice.
Throughout the season, especially last month, the Sharks didn’t look all that great. They were not in sync and they were losing to lesser teams. But with desperation in their eyes, they’ve won six of their last eight games and capped off this streak with an amazing win over the Kings.