Between periods, I sat exhausted. By game’s end, I had nothing more to give. Just as our boys left it all out on the ice and did their very best, we, as LA Kings’ fans, brought our best to Staples Center and left all we had in the arena.
The LA Kings should be proud of their fans. The team, coaches and management should relish that they have such uncompromising support. After decades of futility, this fan base, our fan base, has not faltered. We continue to sell out nearly every game. This playoffs, like the last, we were as loud as any hockey arena in the NHL. I went to the Shark Tank for game two. Their team may have been predicted to win this series due to their greater talent but our fan base against theirs, side by side, is a draw and do not forget they are proclaimed by many as the loudest in the NHL.
We have to prepare for our Stanley Cup win next season.
"It has not been a good day. I lost my glasses early this morning and I had to go buy a pair of 79 dollar reading glasses today. 79 bucks. You can literally get them at Costco, three-for-20." - Darryl Sutter's response to going up 2-0 in the series.
My friend, you are being gracious beyond what is due.
Yes the San Jose HP Pavillion is loud, as any over-sized gymnasium seating 17K+ should be expected to be. But our fan base against theirs, side by side, is NO draw. Yes we went together and left our voices echoing in their rafters for ages to come. But I’d lose hearing, just as surely as I’ve permanently lost vocal range, if our fans, KING FANS, played in such an enclosed space. WE ARE LOUDER AND FAR MORE INTENSE!
I’m not taking anything away from those that inhabit Teal Territory, well maybe just a little. They wear their jerseys in droves. Not just the hardcore fans, but it seems like every grandmother in the building has one on too.
But their volume and intensity, maybe because they haven’t suffered through all the years we have is not our match, and it will never be. In some year, far, far off from now, I’ll go to my grave knowing that to be a universal truth.
Yes their team won this round but there will be others in the future, the near future in hockey terms. But still for them, nothing is guaranteed but that they will see US, and dread seeing US, again. Kyle Clifford will still scare their children. Neimi will once again be more sieve than wall, and The Britannia Arms remains safe only for a while.
But in the meantime, I’ve secured my grandmother’s promise that everything Teal in her wardrobe can be burned!
To be honest, I went to game 4 and was a little underwhelmed by the crowd's intensity. It wasn't too much better than a regular game. I'm sure the Game 3 result had a lot to do with it, but still.
I'm sure Games 3 & 6 were louder. I went to all 3 games last year and the crowd was great for all 3.
Part of it is also because a large chunk of people there (and generally the loudest ones) are there for every game. We literally destroyed our voices this series. I haven't been able to speak properly for three days. People keep asking me if i am sick. I sound horrible. Sometimes you yell and go a little hoarse, others, like this time, you do some actual damage to your vocal chords. We spent the entirety of game 3 yelling, from start to finish. Even I, the relentless one, couldn't help but keep it down more than i wouldhave liked at game 4 out of sheer necessity of psychics.
Agreed game four was quieter but it was definately due to the intensity of game three right thru o/t...in the same way period two of all the games were a little quieter, just can't keep up that level of pain for 3 hours, but this was as close to the forum level of noise that I can remember at staples ( I wasn't at the games in 01 )