Well how do you like that?
The Kings are going to the second round!
This isn’t a post game. We aren’t going to analyze the 60 minutes of hockey played, how Drew Doughty scored the most Drew Doughty goal ever, vaguely reminiscent of his first NHL goal against the Colorado Avalanche. We don’t need to remunerate Dustin Penner’s buzzer beater or how the Kings, once again, came out victorious despite playing a vast majority of the game hemmed in their own zone.
No. Fuck all that.
For all intents and misguided purposes, we swept the St. Louis Blues for the second year in a row. How much do Blues fans hate us right now? Tomorrow I’ll wade through the minefield of twitter to find out. For now, just smiles.
So we drink and we cheer and we grin big, stupid, happy grins. And then come Sunday we scowl. Game 7 of Anaheim-Detroit determines our fate. If the Ducks win, then the series we have all anxiously been awaiting for 20 years is wrought. If the Red Wings win, a rematch with San Jose is upon us, with whom we owe a debt of smackitude.
Who do you want?
All night people asked me this question, and I truly don’t have an answer. I think I want the Ducks, but I just can’t bring myself to root for them to win any game. San Jose is playing great, and the Ducks are a team ripe for game hunting/murder. I find them flawed in a way their record wouldm’t suggest. All I know is that whoever we play, we essentially have home ice and I am going to a whole mess of road games. I guess I also want Anaheim because I’m less likely to be tackled by a group of angsty, rapey homophobes near Disneyland than I am in the severely hostile Bay Area.
Either team, I firmly believe we can defeat. In eliminating the Blues, we have sent packing the Western Conference’s other best defensive team. Yes, other teams pose a far greater offensive threat, but that is only in the way of talent, not in the relentless forecheck the Blues brought. Regehr is finding his rhythm with the team. Scuderi is settling down. Jake Muzzin tonight finally realizied in his bones that he can play solid NHL playoff hockey. The defense is set in front of a Jonathan Quick that seems to think he wasn’t quite good enough last year.
So rejoice tonight and fuck it, rejoice tomorrow!
On Sunday we reset, and brace for the storm to come on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Then we fight to remain. The second round is only as good as it looks from the rear view mirror of the third.
I love being the fan of a kick ass team.
I love being a Los Angeles Kings fan.
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