4th in Western Conference
SAN JOSE SHARKS
5th in Western Conference
7:30pm, HP Pavillion
San Jose, CA
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THE CALGARY FLAMES VS JEFF CARTER POINTS UPDATE:
ARE THE LA KINGS IN THE PLAYOFFS?
You know, if the Los Angeles Kings hadn't won the Stanley Cup last season... we here at The Royal Half probably would have spent this entire season looking back at the 1992-93 Los Angeles Kings team... AKA the first LA Kings team to make the Stanley Cup Final.
FYI, this is my childhood.
The date was December 26th, 1992
. The San Jose Sharks were 3 months into their 2nd NHL Season... and their fans were crazy for hockey.
The best part of watching any early 1990s game involving the Los Angeles Kings were the NHL Superstars that you were able to see play.
Okay... Luc is awesome. Who else?
Jari... one of my favorites! Who else is playing tonight?
Well, Paul Coffey looks really happy to be there.
But I feel like we are missing someone really important...
Not even close.
That's right... what a lot of people don't remember is that Wayne Gretzky was out injured
for most of the 92-93 Season, only playing 45 games (and scoring 65 points). Thankfully, we have Tony Granato to talk about it.
Yes, your eyes aren't deceiving you.
Tony Granato received a gift certificate to Olive Garden for his interview.
I believe that is punishment for a crime in Granato's home country.
Obviously Wayne Gretzky was suffering from a concussion...
because why else would he choose that tie?
But the LA Kings had to soldier on without their leader and it was time to drop the puck at San Jose's home arena.
Which is literally a barn.
Coming into this game, the LA Kings had a 20-11-4 record while the San Jose Sharks were 6-28-1. So in keeping with the historical context of the Los Angeles Kings Hockey Franchise... they played awful against a horrible team.
Thankfully... and perhaps because he was jonesing for some unlimited breadsticks, Tony Granato finally gets the LA Kings on the board during the 1st Period.
And then... well... let's just say the San Jose Sharks of old turned into the San Jose Sharks of new (except for this season
, of course.)
I'm pretty sure at 20 seconds the announcer calls them the "Starks."
And I'm not sure if you caught it... but the early 90's San Jose Sharks Broadcast Graphics Team...
So in December of 1992, the LA Kings might have lost 7-2 to a pitiful San Jose Sharks team... but at least LA Kings fans never did this:
Never change, San Jose Sharks fan. Never, ever change.
IT'S UNUSED SCREENGRAB TIME!!!!
I remember the good old days... when a .900 save percentage was Vezina-worthy.
Lyle Odelein Alert!!!
Brian Bradley Alert!!!
So that's where all my hockey cards went.
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 and Jonathan Quick. 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