Retta made it to Game 4 of the Kings vs Blues series tonight, and I was there too! KINGS WON 4-3, tied the series, and Retta and I bonded over the stress of hoping your team gets just one more goal. Amazing night!
It was wonderful to meet you and talk Kings hockey last night. You’re such a gracious lady!
Now that you’ve witnessed the craziness of LA’s game in person, truly falling for the team, I want to help keep that fire burning. The Kings still need to win this series! Battling to tie it up 2-2 means they’ve still got a chance at moving forward in the playoffs.
Let’s recap last night for folks who couldn’t make it, shall we?
Things then took an IMMEDIATELY TERRIBLE TURN when the St. Louis Blues scored twice within the first five minutes of the game. First during a bad bounce, and then again during an early Blues power play. I had an early breakdown to match the Kings’ defense.
Let’s be real: it looked dire in the beginning, only because the Kings hadn’t scored more than one goal in each of their first three playoff games. Suddenly, they needed three in one game to have a chance at winning.
It felt like we might be in store for this kind of night.
Thankfully, the home team stepped up and answered the challenge. After the Kings forced a turnover, tiny monster Mike Richards (#10) raced to net with the puck, sent a slick pass to swan prince Jeff Carter (#77), and then, gloriously —
I felt energized; you felt energized — all of Staples felt energized. A goal! Yes! But could the Kings maintain good offense and pull out another one to tie the game before the end of the period?
SAME, RETTA. SAME.
My friend and I were jumping up and down while hugging and then high-fiving strangers.
The Kings lost their groove somewhat in the 2nd period. Blues player TJ Oshie was able to score another goal to put the Blues ahead, 3-2. TRAGEDY.
(If Oshie ain’t crying, you ain’t trying.)
Some Blues fans got confident, too, which is the worst ever.
Now the Kings needed two more goals heading into the 3rd period. We chatted about the stress of pulling for a team you like to get that much-needed goal, of worrying about finding out you might be bad luck at your first game!
The pressure: ON.
While I was mooching charger time off the Verizon Wireless station at Staples Center, I said to my friend there with me: “Two goals in the 3rd. It’s gonna happen.”
I got bold there, but it turns out I’m not a jinx!
Kopi tipped the puck on net… SCORED. He broke a 20-game streak of not scoring goals to tie the game at 3-3.
The magic wasn’t done yet. Literally 76 seconds later, #LaughingJustin Williams — the Kings’ own living meme — scored the go-ahead goal to give LA their first lead of the game at 4-3.
MIRACLE ON FIGUEROA STREET!!!!
The Kings had to protect that lead for the remaining half of the 3rd period. In game 2, the Blues scored with 50 seconds left in regulation, so fans knew not to get too cocky. With about two and a half minutes left in the game, the Blues even got an amazing and terrifying point-blank opportunity to remind us of darker days.
We (the fans) were on our feet for the last minute of play. Time ran out, and the Kings had officially come back strong to win.
What started out tense ended up being a beautiful night of emotions and triumph.
Thanks for coming to the game, Retta! I’m glad you had an awesome time! I’m glad you’re a fan. I’m glad this blog has been able to help. Here’s to games 5 and 6.
GO, Kings, GO.