Being out of the country for an extended period meant I couldn’t keep up with the LA Kings as well as I’d liked to.

So coming home to find out That 70s Line had disbanded, Anze Kopitar isn’t leading the team in points, and Jonathan Quick has morphed back into the 2011-12 version of himself was all little jarring. Although I briefly did think I was sucked into some sort of Twilight Zone realm when I found out that the Vancouver Canucks led the Pacific Division and the Kings were looking up at the Calgary Flames in the standings.

Still not sure I should believe any of it, I decided to make the trek down to Staples Center to investigate this version of the Kings.

Pardon me for not being able to articulate how the major points of the game unfolded. But I was able to enlist the services of a dear friend of mine to help break down the action against the Boston Bruins.

Let’s just get this thing over with…

Oh, yay, the Kings are facing a backup goalie…

…this should be great!

But I did my best to put on a brave face.

Missed you, Kings offense.

But then, something magical happened…


Half of the arena reacted like this.

While the other half reacted like this.

And then I thought about how beautiful that goal was some more.

I’m sure there were other noteworthy moments along the way, but let’s skip ahead to the main event.

Kings fans couldn’t believe that a net could be that empty.

But we all understood these things happen and a goal was imminent.

…then a funny things happened:
the Bruins didn’t celebrate after Torey Krug shot it at the empty net.

No one could quite comprehend what happened.

The replay flashed on the scoreboard.

And people still couldn’t believe it.

But Jonathan Quick was like, “Eh, yeah, I do that type of thing.”

Fans tried to explain to each other how that didn’t go in.

But in the end, it didn’t matter how it happened.
Just mattered that the Kings won.


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 should probably follow PumperNicholl on Twitter @pumpernicholl