Route 101

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For Angelenos, the 101 Freeway can mean different things. It can mean a quick trip across the valley or it can mean horrible, horrible blinding traffic as you head downtown. But today, 101 points means that the Los Angeles Kings are taking the freeway up north to Vancouver!

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You are going down, Benched Whale.

Kings 2, Av’s 1, Playoffs: Finally Here

I’m fine with the Vancouver Canucks as the Los Angeles Kings’ first round opponent. These teams have played each other well throughout the year and I think it will be a great series. And the best part of all… welcome to the playoffs Phoenix Coyotes… now go play the Detroit Red Wings and you can see what the Western Conference has been dealing with the last 10 years or so.

To celebrate the last “regular” season game for the Kings, I decided to check out one of the Kings-Sponsored Watch Parties that they’ve be throwing all year long. It was at a little French place in Burbank called “Hoo Ters.” Check it out… after the jump!

 

 

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Does this scream Kings hockey or what?

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Okay, that’s a little better. At least there are some balloons.

All in all, it was a fun early afternoon spent with fellow Kings fans. But man, I haven’t been to a Hooters in years. Is that place stuck in the 90s or what?

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Really, Hooters? No HD tv’s? Anywhere?

The Ice Girls were there, as well as the dude who does all the in-arena contests during the Kings games. They were selling raffle tickets and giving away all sorts of prizes.

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And then it got awkward when he started a rap-off. 
You’d be surprised how much rhymes with “Frolov.”

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One of these things is not like the others.

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This dude bought 200 tickets at a dollar a piece.
And won Jon Quick and Anze Kopitar autographed pucks.

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I spent 2 dollars and won a t-shirt!

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And what hockey watching party wouldn’t be complete without a mobile video game playing truck outside?

So it’s all set. The Los Angeles Kings versus the Vancouver Canucks. The Kings are 1-2-1 against the Canucks this season. And for some inspiration… every single goal the Kings scored against the Canucks during their march to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993.

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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.