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ATKM: Planes, Trains and Automobiles - Part 2

The second installment of Jesse Cohen's travels through the East Coast

by Jesse Cohen @KingsMenPodcast /

Immediately following the Philadelphia Flyers game, I left for the train station and found myself on the LA Kings charter to Washington D.C.

I had never even heard of a charter train before, now I can't think of a finer way to travel.

Being a "Loyal Little" and having arrived in D.C., I had to make sure I saw the only thing more important to me than the Kings game, the cheese counter at Calvert Woodley Fine Wines and Spirits.

Tweet from @KingsMenPodcast: Followed the @LAKings to D.C.Had to stop at @CalvertWoodley No sign of anyone from @ThisShowStinks but at least I got to see #LaCheeserie


I was fortunate enough to have friends who live a short subway ride away from Verizon Center. If I was prepared for the worst in Philly, I was expecting the best from Washington D.C.

The Verizon Center is located in the heart of downtown, just a mile away from the White House.

I had heard nothing but rave reviews about the game presentation, the building and the fans for years.

While the fans were just as welcoming and passionate as they were in Philadelphia, I was a little underwhelmed.

Or maybe I was just put off by the promotional giveaways.

Tweet from @KingsMenPodcast: Everybody gets a giant Ovechkin head on a stick at the game today.

Tweet from @TedLeonsis: Hahaha

OK … I was DEFINITELY put off by the promotional giveaways.

The Capitals were celebrating the 1,000th career point by Alexander Ovechkin. There was a pregame ceremony with all the trappings you'd expect including a jumbotron package with well wishes from players all over the league.

The Caps scored early and often to end the Kings five-game win streak.

It got so bad even the Gatorade bottles gave up.

Tweet from @myregularface: slow motion water bottle cap explosion cc @rinkrebel

After back-to-back shutouts for Peter Budaj, the Kings were shutout themselves.

Tweet from @KingsMenPodcast: On the current road trip the Kings have 66 shots and 1 goal.*sigh*

I grasped for any explanation for the poor performance, but LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen insisted on harsh reality.

Tweet from @lakingsinsider: @KingsMenPodcast nah, not checking against a good team. b2bs overstated with plush modern travel. LA generally better in the second game.

While the Kings anemic offense wasn't shocking, I was completely surprised by how many Kings fans I saw in attendance. Including an old friend!

Tweet from @RaeRaeBloom83: The game may not be going in our favor, but was still great to see @KingsMenPodcast & @lakingsinsider !! #GoKingsGo #GoKingsGo #GoKingsGo

With the clock winding down and the indignity of a 4-0 loss setting in, life found a way to make the game even more painful to sit through.

Tweet from @Capitals: FIF! @JustinWilliams #CapsKings

All those tears I thought I was done crying from the pregame celebration suddenly reappeared.

The Kings are off to Tampa Bay to face the Lightning on Tuesday night and their record with me in tow drops to 1-1.

I'll be spending my Monday sight-seeing around our nation's capital and who knows …  maybe I'll meet someone famous.

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