In the most hotly contested exhibition game of all time, the Kings fell short of besting their likely first round opponent after Drew Doughty left the game early with an “upper-body” injury.

The injury:

My reaction:

“If you look closely, you can pinpoint the exact moment his heart breaks in two…”

Of course, we knew there was a great likelihood of the Kings taking their foot off the gas somewhat for this game. After clinching a playoff spot the night before, Sutter rested both Willie Mitchell and Matt Toffoli for this postseason preview matchup. And remember, the Kings are an opportunistically lazy team, reminiscent of myself when I was in high school — do just enough to do fairly well, and not the tiniest bit more.

Then again, there’s a difference between a potential trap game and a full-on disasterpiece, which is what this evening’s events may turn out to be if Drew Doughty is not himself (or even available) for the playoffs. Losing a star player to an apparent injury is a big deal, something both Kings and Sharks fans were quick to point out on Twitter:


And though this game had little meaningful effect on the standings, prides were at stake and tempers ran high among fans of both teams.

Yes, as we wait for the playoffs to begin, these are strange days indeed:

We’ll wait for word on the nature of Doughty’s injury though, and as always you can trust #TeamTRH to bring you the latest, most accurate, and most professional LA Kings news around.

But perhaps the most telling thing about San Jose Sharks fans is this…

Real Authentic Sharks Fans - The Royal Half

Yeah, those Sharks fans are pretty darn authentic.

Tufficult out.

-King Tufficult (@KingTufficult)

As a child, King Tufficult liked to hang out at Iceoplex to watch his dad’s summer skating group that included many gloriously mulleted individuals. Some of the people attached to those mullets played for the early 90′s LA Kings. It was destiny. Since then, King Tufficult is best known for extensively traveling in Europe during the Cup Finals and writing “The Post” after Game 6 of the 2014 WCF. If you're a glutton for punishment, you can follow King Tufficult on Twitter @KingTufficult.