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THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW GIF OF THE DAY
Ryan Getzlaf, huge LA Kings fan.
GAME 1 RECAP ATTACK:
The Royal Half TweetCap™ & Podcast
Jewels From The Crown Recap
THX BUD Recap & Podcast
Anaheim Calling Recap
ARE THE KINGS IN THE NEXT ROUND?:
With veteran leaders Willie Mitchell and now Robyn Regehr out of the starting lineup... it's up to the young guns of the LA Kings to propel this team forward in the playoffs.
Oh, and Jeff Schultz.
The Jeff Schultz Experience is my favorite wedding band.
Here is a little bit of background on Jeff Schultz. And Jewels from the Crown has a really in-depth look at the man who will probably be skating a regular shift at defense for the LA Kings the rest of this series. With Mitchell and Regehr out, the LA Kings will really be missing their shot-blocking abilities... but at least Schultz knows a thing or two about that.
LA TOURISM BOARD:
The LA Kings battled hard Saturday night in Anaheim to defeat the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. But over the course of the night, LA Kings fans learned that the battle with their toughest opponent had barely begun.
Sup, Kings fans.
For some reason that NBC Sports won't explain, 20-year color analyst for the Anaheim Ducks, Brian Hayward, was between the glass on the NBCSN broadcast of Game 1 for the Kings and Ducks. And boy, were fans excited!!!
The TRH "Worst Opposition to Follow", everyone!
Now, I was at the game on Saturday... so I was unable to listen to the NBCSN broadcast. But I'm sure that Brian Hayward acted totally professional and didn't show any bias toward the Anaheim DucWHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA?!?
Anze Kopitar. Nearly invisible in Game 1.
I mean, it's not like Brian Hayward has ever shown any ill-will toward the LA Kings before, right? RIGHT?!?
This video is from March 16, 2012. 3 months before the LA Kings would win the Stanley Cup.
The Anaheim Ducks didn't make the playoffs that year.
You really should watch the whole clip, it's amazing. And it's the reason why Jim Fox wears his Stanley Cup ring on broadcasts only when the Kings play the Ducks. Well, at least we know that for the rest of the series, Brian Hayward will provide us with unbiased and informative commentary. Like the time he thought that Chicago Blackhawks defenseman, Brent Seabrook, was "selling it."
As created by Jesse Cohen from All The Kings Men Podcast... The Moulson Index™ highlights an opposing player from tonights game who has the opportunity to score against his former employer, the LA Kings.
Tonight's Moulson Index Spotlight is:
TIM JACKMAN, RIGHT WING
In 21 games versus the LA Kings, Tim Jackman has 2 GOALS and 30 PIMs.
THE ROYAL HALF'S @SPIKEC20 VINTAGE VIDEO OF THE DAY
May 5th, 1993... 21 years ago today:
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY
One final thought on Brian Hayward calling the Kings-Ducks series...
The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick and Ben Scrivens. If you like the hockey equivalent of dirty jokes or enjoy humorous screen-grabs of NHL players and broadcasters with funny captions... man, you are going to like The Royal Half. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter at @TheRoyalHalf