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ATKM: Hockey Day in Anaheim

Jesse Cohen takes a trip down to Ducks land

by Jesse Cohen @KingsMenPodcast / LAKings.com

The Kings headed into Anaheim with an 0-2 record since returning from a 4 game road trip and their scheduled "bye" week. Having become accustomed to seeing them play on the road, I decided to follow them to the Honda Center.

Tweet from @KingsMenPodcast: The last time I was here was Game 7 in 2014... pic.twitter.com/Wi3nbI8cQM

And I wasn't the only one!

Tweet from @DieterRuehle: At Kings/Ducks tonight, a meeting of the 3 LA area pro sports organists! @Gilimber, Joel Jacobson and me. ������������@organistalert pic.twitter.com/Szf1HnDWXX

I was a little concerned that the recent postseason disappointments may have led to fewer Kings fans showing up to Ducks games…

Silly me.

Since the Kings wore black on their recent road trip, I was excited to see them in their road whites again. Then the two teams skated out for warmups…

Tweet from @LAKings: Up for auction! Benefiting Orange County Ronald McDonald House. Visit https://t.co/RFcqxKBfaV or text KINGS 52182. pic.twitter.com/DnhTup6lHI

Tweet from @AnaheimDucks: The boys are out for warmups! #LetsGoDucks pic.twitter.com/Lyvk1fK8f4

Very funny.

As usual, Kings fans were well represented at Honda Center. Before the players could break a sweat, they made themselves heard.

Tweet from @KingsMenPodcast: An audible "Go Kings Go" chant less than 30 seconds into the game.

Attending a game in Anaheim is always a fascinating experience. The Kings roots extend back into Southern California history so deeply that there are always plenty of Kings fans in attendance of every shape and size.

Across all generations…

And they do it with STYLE...

... even representing teams from Anaheim that called themselves LA.

I was hoping the crowd support would spur an offensive explosion from the Kings. I was hoping the Kings would prevent another three game losing streak. I was hoping Adrian Kempe would announce his presence with authority the way Anze Kopitar had done in this building so many years ago. 

Watch: Youtube Video

Wanna feel old? Go back and see when an 11 year NHL veteran scored their first NHL goal.

Like the game against Arizona, Kempe came close but failed to capitalize on an excellent scoring chance. While he couldn't hit the back of the net, he did manage to hit Jared Boll.

Tweet from @Kingsgifs: Boll in pain after collision with Kempe: https://t.co/Jp5wkt67aX#LAKings #ANA #LAKvsANA pic.twitter.com/eemMl0AU4q

Ultimately, this was a Ducks home game. So there were legions of Ducks fans. Ordinarily, I don't like to see little kids cry on their birthday. But in this case, I was willing to make an exception.

I suppose the silver lining was when Josh Manson scored the only goal of the game. At least that kid got his birthday wish.

Brat.

The Ducks and Kings have been rivals for over 20 years, but it was only in the past few seasons that things have become really contentious between the two clubs. There's no safe ground in the battle between two fan bases. Not even the jumbotrons.

Tweet from @KingsMenPodcast: That's just mean, man. pic.twitter.com/Z8VX4dGD8h

With the Kings losing and the Ducks and their fans mocking our plight, I was beginning to feel a bit glum.

Tweet from @LAKings: current mood pic.twitter.com/oyhS69RLg9 

Then I realized it was Hockey Day in America!

Tweet from @NHLonNBCSports: Happy Hockey Day in America, folks! ��#HDIA pic.twitter.com/98arBNvgul 
It was a day to celebrate hockey and how it brings us all together. The Kings and Ducks have been divisional rivals, and while we could waste our energy fighting with our neighbors over who's got the most Stanley Cup banners (we do) or who won it first (who cares)... at the end of the day, we're all hockey fans. That's what really matters.

Just ask these guys.

 

Lunatics.

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