It was a wild night at my local watering hole, which actually closes at 10 or so. At least they lock the front door so you have to exit the back where the parking lot is. And even though I changed up my drink of choice (which resulted in my actually having less over the approximately four hours [it went into overtime]) as I was leaving the joint, I tripped on my pant leg and tumbled forward causing a huge gash in my knee. Damn! I am still recovering from it this morning, and may actually have to use my cane to help walk. But it was worth it in a strange way, to be with friends enjoying a brewskie and for the first time in 19 years, know the Kings will once again, play in the Stanley Cup finals. I was a season ticket holder when they went in 1993 (the 1992/1993 season, this is the 2011/2012 season) and I remember all the games back then, including the improbable game seven win against Toronto that put the Kings into the finals.
This particular Kings team, though, has all the makings of winning the cup for the first time in their 45 year history. Now all we have to wait for is who we will be playing, the Devils or the Rangers. I'm rooting for the Rangers. NYC vs LA will be a great publicity draw for the game of hockey, and should spike TV ratings.