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The Royal Half Los Angeles Kings Playoff Clinching Countdown

AKA… did Calgary Lose Tonight?… did Jon Bernier Get a Shutout Tonight?




So the Los Angeles Kings come out against the Vancouver Canucks and opened up a good ole fashioned can of whoop-ass. Exactly the type of game this team needed during this tough playoff race. And the Kings continue their recent strategy of playing excellent against teams that are guaranteed to make the playoffs. But all is not lost, Vancouver Canucks, I mean one of the perks of coming down to Southern California to play the Kings is the gorgeous weather…  it really gives you the opportunity to work on your tan.



Kings 8 (!), Canucks 3, Minds: Blown


Ryan Smyth Bobblehead Night wasn’t part of our Half Season Ticket Holder Package, so Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy and I made the decision to save the money and not buy tickets for this one. (Well, really we are just going to spend that money on like half a Playoff  ticket.) But I could imagine this would have been an awesome game to be at and not just because I’ve been told the Ryan Smyth Bobblehead Hair feels like the hair of a unicorn. Jon Bernier is a really interesting goalie. He has the technique of the now “traditional” French-Canadian butterfly style goalie but he also looks like he could be a contemporary of Tom Barrasso and Pete Peters with his giant long pads and tall frame. And to top it all off… he comes out to challenge the shooters in a way Kings fans haven’t seen since the days of Robb “Blueline” Stauber. I’m very curious to see what Coach Murray and GM Dean Lombardi decide tomorrow in terms of Bernier’s future with the big club.


Jon Bernier… now 3-0-0 with a .957 save percentage and 1.30 goals against average.

But enough talking… I used up most of my energy tonight screaming in celebration at the tv screen. So let’s just do what you came here for… a Cavalcade of ScreenGrabs from Tonights Game… after the jump!!!




Thanks Fox Sports West HD for the live look into the Kings locker room before the game starts.
Although, I’m pretty sure they didn’t wear those jerseys tonight. So how live could this be?



“Nah, that’s cool. I totally shouldn’t start tonight. I mean, I only have more wins than the opposing goalie. 
Yeah, the one who has the gold medal… that one.”



“Hey Brownie, I didn’t want to say anything. But with that assist…
I kinda have a 2 game point streak going on. Halpern is back!”
“That’s great, Halpie. Now I’m going to go be a veteran leader and get a hat trick. Anything else?”



Oh, so the stench of the playoffs is on the Kings and look who comes sniffin’ around.


You know what Kings PR department… you may not want to go around celebrating that today was the anniversary of Roenick’s last goal as a King. Scoring 9 goals in your only season as a King isn’t really a cause for celebration. Not when Chris Kontos scored 17 goals in 39 games as a King. Where is the goddamn celebration of Kontos’ last goal as a King!!!



“Yeah, so he said that he was frustrated with my play. And he wrote about it on some NBC website.”
“Jack, he probably lives in his mom’s basement. Don’t worry about it.”
“He said on some nights O’Donnell is better than me.”
“Jack, he’s a hockey blogger… drop it.”



Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.



Jon Bernier quickly learns the perks of being an LA Kings star player.


And did anyone catch Heidi Androl’s interview with Jared Leto, sometime actor and current leadman for the band 30 Seconds to Mars? Wow… sometimes a photo does say it all.


A hockey game? Oh shit, I’m totally in the wrong place. My bad.


As always, check out the awesome Canucks Misconduct and the incomparable Benched Whale for all your funny looking uniforms Canucks Coverage. The Kings now get ready for a Home and Home with the Anaheim Ducks, winners of 3 in a row, but not a playoff bound team… which means the Kings are going to lose. Forget about winning the past 2 games… the Kings seem to have rediscovered some of the swagger they were playing with earlier in the season… and that might be enough to make any Kings fan smile.


Greatest. Photo. Ever.


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, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones.You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.