January 26th, 2014, 03:44 AM #1
Show doesn't overshadow game (ESPN.com)
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.
Read more: NHL - Dodger Stadium game still about hockey for Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings - ESPN