TRH 2ND ROUND PLAYOFF RECAP 3 – SAN JOSE SHARKS: DEATH PENALTY

*THE FOLLOWING BELOW IS NOT WRITTEN BY THE ROYAL HALF,
BUT RATHER PUMPERNICHOLL, OUR MASTER RECAPPER*


KINGS 1, SHARKS 2 (OT),
JON QUICK PISSED OFF

 

Another Hollywood ending for the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 made it six straight wins for the defending Stanley Cup Champions (and typing that will never get old).

Coincidentally, those six wins all came with Alec Martinez in the lineup. A fixture in the Kings top-six for the past two seasons, Martinez has helped stabilize the defensive corps since his return to the starting lineup in Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues. So it was rather shocking to read that Darryl Sutter decided to bench Martinez for the upcoming game against the San Jose Sharks. Sure, Martinez finished at a -3 in Game 2, but the general consensus around all sports is to never mess with a winning lineup. 

That said, it's hard to question the coach who led the team to its first championship less than 12 months ago.

So the Kings headed up to the Shark Tank coming off a huge comeback to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. The latest win came after a couple of penalty calls late in the game turned the momentum for the Kings as they scored 22 seconds apart in the dying moments of the game.

It was especially important for the Kings to win Game 2 not just because home-ice means so much to these two teams, but because referees never make series altering penalty calls late in a game.

Rest assured, borderline penalty calls like those won't be seen in a playoff game for years, if ever again.

Wait… what?

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PREGAME:
At least the pain is over Blues fans…
 

…ouch.
 

MOAR HASTHAGS!
 

I dunno, this seems hella poserish.
 

#LETS #DO #THIS

FIRST PERIOD:
1-0 Sharks after Dr. Evil/Zoolander superfan Dan Boyle scores on the powerplay.
 

Uh…
 

Yes, that makes perfect sense in that case.

Hey, now! Don't Hassle the Toff!

Allow me to introduce you!

 

SECOND PERIOD:

Someone should explain to this kid that an arena is not a city.
 

Seriously, is there a hashtag/capital letter usage quota in NorCal I'm unaware of?
 

Seems about right.
 

Yeah, he's never done anything.
 

 

THIRD PERIOD:

LA problems.
 

 

Uh oh.
 

Never change, Kings fans.
 

 
OVERTIME:

 


TRH THREE STARS OF THE NIGHT
 

So, yeah… That ending was all sorts of crazy. Kings fans were understandably upset after their team had lost. Conspiracy theories were thrown around about the game being rigged and it just got ugly.

 

Despite the loss, the Kings still have a 2-1 lead in the series and need to only win two of the next four games to advance to the next round.

 

Plus you get to see Sharks fans writing asinine comments and acting like this:

3. Sharks Fans

Congratulations to the Sharks on winning their first 2013 playoff game against an NHL team.

2. S-M-R-T Sharks Fans 

I love everything about this tweet.

Sigh.

Interesting investment on a player who will never play for the Sharks again.
 

1. Sharks Fans Celebrating Advancing to Western Conference Final
 

Never change, Sharks fans. Never change.
 
 
 
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.

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.