Snapped Into Place

Guess what I got today?

I mean… my Los Angeles Kings Playoff Tickets!

The entire county of Los Angeles can exhale now… the Kings have clinched a playoff spot with a particularly inspired 3-2 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes Wednesday night at Staples Center. Even the players were caught up in playoff fever.

I can’t tell if Jarret Stoll is excited…
or if he’s showing the ladies of Hermosa Beach what he demands later tonight.

When the season started back in October, I think we all knew exactly which player would put this team on his shoulders and carry them into the playoffs.

This guy.

With his 2nd period goal, Kyle Clifford tied the game for the Kings and a little while later found himself as the #1 star of the game.

When asked how he felt going to the playoffs for the first time, Clifford said:
“They are gonna be a lot of fun.” 
You are right, Kyle Clifford. They are gonna be a lot of fun.

I hereby call the line of #13 Kyle Clifford, #15 Brad Richardson and #17 Wayne Simmonds… The “Mac Book Pro Line.” Ok… maybe then… the “Battle of Ontario.” 

Make ’em proud back home, boys.

The Kings making the playoffs in consecutive years wasn’t the only piece of Kings history to re-visit Staples Center tonight. Trade Deadline Acquisition Dustin Penner also decided to show up.

This was on the back of every box of milk served at Staples.
Seriously, are missing person ads on the back of milk cartons even a relevant joke anymore? 

Probably tired of being called out on back to back days by Coach Murray, Penner might have played his best game as a King, throwing that massive body around the ice. And let’s be honest, have you seen a cuter set of wings than Penner and Oscar Moller?

Penner is actually on one knee.

A lot of people thought the Los Angeles Kings were gonna buy the farm when it came to making the playoffs. They couldn’t have been more wrong.

I know that Stoll told Doughty to go after a slumpbuster, but this is ridiculous.

Here we are. 2 games left in the regular season and if the Kings can win them… they will have home ice advantage as the 4th seed. Raise your hand if you thought that was possible 2 weeks ago.

I love it when Dustin Brown does his Marky Mark impression.

How excited was everyone at Staples Center to clinch a playoff spot? 

Heidi Androl didn’t even notice Indiana Matt stalking her all night.

So after 7 years of having Half Season Tickets without any post-season action, myself and Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy are going to the playoffs for a 2nd straight year. And then the Kings will get swept in 4 games without Anze Kopitar and with an 80% Justin Williams. I’m trying to stay positive, I promise! Maybe the new Playoff T-Shirt we’ve designed for 2011 will prove to you how hopeful I’m being for the playoffs.

I swear I’m trying.

You can buy it today… and wear it next week. At a Los Angeles Kings NHL Playoff Game. Damn, that feels good to say. And if the newest commericial from the NHL doesn’t give you goosebumps… then you aren’t human.

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.