Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Shot That Won The Game

If you think I'm referring to Anze's game-winning goal in OT, you are incorrect. I'm talking about the shot that KingsCast bought me during the second intermission. We were in the concourse distressed about how terribly this game was turning out and decided that alcohol was the answer. Turns out we were 100% correct. The alcohol miraculously allowed the Kings to rally back for the most incredible finish I have ever witnessed in my years on this planet. I think I might have even peed my pants. I don't think I will ever witness something like this again, and to see it live amongst those in section 318 made it a million times better. But let me back track to the first crap-tastic 50 minutes of the game.

1st period: It was uninspired. Nothing was going on and I started to loudly mock the Kings predictable suckiness. As I pointed out to KingsCast during the second intermission, the Dallas' boring play definitely rubbed off on my Kings. Damnit.

I WILL point out that I was presently surprised at the starting lineup for the Kings. The D was the standard Blake and Lubo pairing, but in front were Willsie, Sully, and Moulson (who needs an awesome nickname). This was to match up against Dallas' D Boucher and Daley with Rebeiro, Morrow, and Lehtinen out in front. I thought the game was going to be exciting with Sully throwing up two hits in the first minute, but sadly, nothing worked after that and I was getting bored. How would I describe Army's and Stuart's playing in the first? Suck-tastic.

At the end of the first: Stars up 2-0 = gay

2nd period: They say that hitting can turn a game around. Well, there was plenty of hitting by the Kings, but did they turn the game around? Negative. Army? Still sucking. And you know who else was sucking in the second? That's right, Handzus. Once again guys, stop giving up the neutral zone! Be one with the neutral zone, it is your friend. And, by the way, that fourth Dallas goal was sloppy; the Kings clearly were NOT protecting Barbs. Argh!

At the end of the second: Kings have a stellar 18 shots on goal and the Stars are up 4-0. Where's Aubin?

3rd period: Hmm, Crawford must have heard me cuz Aubin was in net. Sweet, this might change something. The Kings' play was yet again uninspired; the seats were emptying and it looked like a predictable ending. Was anyone else surprised that this game actually sold out? There were so many empty seats in the second tier!

So we come upon the last 10 minutes of the game. Oh my god, is something actually happening? Are the Kings showing some life? Are the fans actually providing some energy to our ailing Kings? BAM! Brownie nets one. Then Thornton. Then the Fro. Then Anze. Then Nagy. Fuck! Modano? We move into overtime.

P.S. You know why Handzus is not my favorite player? Because he took a freaking boarding penalty to allow Modano to score. What the FUCK. You will never mean more to me than Blake. This is also why I'm unsure about Handzus.

At the end of the third: Kings have tied it 5-5 with the most exciting 5 minutes and 7 seconds of playing in Kings' history. My hands literally hurt from clapping so much.

Overtime: A VERY stressful 2:30 passes and then Anze comes out of the corner with a man on and backhands it toward Turco. Game is OVER at 2:34 into OT. What a beautiful highlight-worthy goal, Anze. I honestly had my doubts about you in the first 50 minutes of the game, but I appreciated the effort to finish the game.

Notable chants from the peanut gallery: “Go, Monarchs, Go!” And for the first 40 minutes, whenever Cammy got the puck, some dude would yell, “C'mon Squid!” hahahahahaha

After game notes: listening to Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans on the drive home. They broadcasted from the Grand Reserve Room and interviewed Zeiler for a couple of minutes. His “you knows” started to wear on my patience and then came the kicker. When he was talking about Turco's play, he actually said, “Couldn't get nothing past him.” ...Dude....Zeiler...the English language does not allow double negatives to be equated with intelligence. Are you fucking kidding me?? Who's handling player PR for the Kings? They need some public speaking courses, and some English classes wouldn't hurt either. Conclusion: John Zeiler hurts my ears.

Conclusion overall: This was the most incredible ending to a Kings game. EVER. I heart my Kings.

P.S. My bro bought a JMFJ jersey. It matches well with my Blake jersey. =D


KQ949 said...

Ya, no excuse for Zeiler with (supposedly) English as a first language. I have to say I get annoyed with Anze's "and...uhhhh" but my 13 year old reminded me he is thinking in slovakian what he wants to say in English and it's a stall tactic to translate everything in his head. Well, OK then!

Hubby had to work last night so I called to tell him it was those stupid firemen helmets on the jerseys that were messing the kings up (He's a captain for LA County Fire). Had to blame SOMEONE. So of course when the game winner was scored my phone instantly rang and I was told that the helmets brought them the fighting spirit. They are "Heroes"! As stated above...Well, OK Then!

Can't wait for Tuesday!!!

KQ949 said...

oh, wait. Is Anze from Slovania? bad!

CKim said...

Yes, Anze is from Slovenia. But it's an honest mistake. =) I'm ok with Anze's "and uhhh..." for now. The longer he's in the US, the less frequent they should become.

I wonder if Teebz over at Hockey Blog In Canada is going to include this Fireman patch in his next "You're Wearing That?" post. *hint hint*

Oh, and who was that man signing the National Anthem?? My god, he was freaking amazing. This was one of the few times where I didn't want it to end. Just incredible.

Kirsten said...

Whoo! Good job on beating the hated (for me at least) Stars! Also, that's awesome that your bro got you a sweater. My bro is currently trying to get me to buy him stuff.

KMS2 said...

I honestly had my doubts about you in the first 50 minutes of the game

After the first period I said to the BF "I think Anze is in a sophomore slump." He definitely proved me wrong!

KMS2 said...

Nice pic with Cammy! Although...his shirt is kinda gay...

CKim said...

Yeah, Anze wasn't looking so good. I think it was the bags under his eyes; maybe they dragged him down.

As for Cammy's shirt. I kinda of thought the same thing too. hahaha I'm just glad I didn't wear my heels that day or else I would have been probably an inch shorter than him. Might have hurt his ego.

KQ949 said...

ckim, you got to get up close and personal next to "Hammie's" head. Well, was it like a canned ham?

It cracked me up to see the casual clothes of these guys in the photos from various people's meet and greet. I do have to say that Army has no shame. He'll wear ANYTHING including those white framed sunglasses.

The pics of JJ in his black T-shirt really says "Michigan Boy". Anze the surfer dude is pretty funny too.

CKim said...

hahaha, I totally forgot about the canned ham!! I think I was focused on the fact that he's only 5'9". Definitely fit, but also 5'9".

I still have yet to meet JMFJ. Well, Blake is more of the priority, but yeah....

KMS2 said...

5'9"?? He's not even a foot taller than me!! ;)

CKim said...

Dude! You didn't know Cammy was only 5'9"??? He's even compact-looking on the ice too. haha