*THE FOLLOWING BELOW IS NOT WRITTEN BY THE ROYAL HALF,
BUT RATHER PUMPERNICHOLL, OUR MASTER RECAPPER*
KINGS 1, BLUES 0
Heading into Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues, the Los Angeles Kings found themselves in an unfamiliar position. The team never trailed during its historic run to the Stanley Cup Final, and now were potentially going to be put on the brink of elimination.
Yet, I wasn't worried. I didn't think there was any way the Kings would lose the series, much less Game 3. Sure the Kings had scored only two goals in two games and hadn't managed to score a single goal at 5-on-5. That just meant things were going to open up soon.
That final prediction didn't come to fruition, but the Kings didn't disappoint their faithful
WHAT?! Kings fans cannot be serious, right?
Better strap in, folks. It's only going to get much, much worse from here on out. Grab your favorite fifth if you're going to be able to handle all of this talk about the fourth.
Oh, this really is going to get worse.
Somehow, Riquel isn't a 10-year-old boy.
Nerds everywhere are wondering where these girls have been their whole lives.
Kings fans are good at masking their pain.
Let's just move on before this gets any more pathetic…
Spoke WAY too soon.
This is the part where we break down the game, but all of these Star Wars references are just too much.
TRH THREE STARS OF THE NIGHT
3. St. Louis Blues Fans
Of course Blues fans would NEVER
engage in this behavior.
Speaking of staying classy…
Well this is awkward.
Never change, Blues fans.
2. Jonathan Quick
I love everything about this. Even the "quick question" reference.
Dad must be proud.
1. Slava Voynov and Alec Martinez
Slava Voynov finally solved Brian Elliot in the 2nd period and scored the Kings first 5-on-5 goal of the series. In doing so, he rocketed up the Kings scoring chart and found himself in a nine-way tie for first with one point.
*takes three shots of Stoli*
Something like that.
Kings fans were thrilled!
Blues fans, not so much.
*finishes rest of Stoli bottle*
The #FreeAlecMartinez campaign finally ended when Darryl Sutter re-inserted the young defenseman for Game 3. Although Martinez started all 20 games during the Kings run to the Stanley Cup last year, he had been unable to crack the lineup since the acquisition of Robyn Regehr. Well, Martinez made the most of his opportunity by assisting on Voynov's goal.
More importantly, he regained the trust of his head coach.
PumperNicholl is a lifelong LA Kings fan and actually learned how to speak English from Bob Miller by watching LA Kings games… and the Police Academy movies. You can follow him on Twitter.