From KISS to Vin Scully, the USC marching band to Wayne Gretzky, the palm trees and South Park cartoon characters in Los Angeles Kings' jerseys to the Anaheim Ducks' 3-0 win in a jam-packed Dodger Stadium, it's hard to imagine Hollywood scripting a better start to the NHL's ambitious -- and oft-criticized -- series of regional outdoor games.

If Los Angeles is a big-event city that revels in the glitz, then the NHL proved it can play with the big boys with a lead-up to the game that simply hit all the right notes, including Gretzky's appearance to drop the puck for the ceremonial opening faceoff to a thunderous ovation.

More importantly, though, the Ducks and Kings did their part in delivering a compelling, intense game that had a little bit of everything, including a first-period penalty shot by Kings center Anze Kopitar and a stellar turn in goal by Anaheim's Jonas Hiller, who stopped 36 Kings shots, 20 in the first period.


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