The Royal Half Gameday: Florida Panthers
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umm... uh...umm... @Litter Box Cats?
LooKING Back:During a tight defensive battle Friday night in Carolina, the LA Kings once again came out on top in a shootout and beat the HurriOH WHO CARES ABOUT THE HURRICANES AND WHO CARES ABOUT THE PANTHERS?!?!? THE MIGHTY DUCKS OF ANAHEIM ARE HAVING A THROWBACK NIGHT TODAY!!!!!
To be fair... this is also Joe Thornton's vanity license plate.
That's right, a few hours after the Los Angeles Kings finish playing the Florida Panthers, the Anaheim Ducks will be playing in a Throwback Night... honoring the inaugural 1993-94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim team. And no matter what you think of the Anaheim Ducks...
Jonas Hiller's throwback Mighty Ducks mask for Sunday's game. In a word: awesome pic.twitter.com/styBheyJK5— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) October 10, 2013
...their game will be infinitely cooler than the Kings-Panthers one.
Yes, he did say "alongside former Jennings Trophy Winner, Brian Hayward."
To anyone who ever said "Ugh, Brian Hayward sounds like he used to work at an Olive Garden!"
Turns out you were right.
It was Friday, October 8th, 1993. The Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim was packed with hockey fans new and old.
That kid was right... Michael Eisner didn't ever get traded off the Ducks team.
He just sold it 10 years later at a loss.
Sweet "McNall $$" jersey, by the way.
And with all the excitement and expectation bursting at the seams... this happened.
Please watch all 14 minutes. Please.
I think the residents of 1993 can really sum it up best.
Enough with the pomp and/or circumstance... let's play some hockey! I'm sure the Detroit Red Wings totally took their brand new opponent seriously, right? RIGHT?!?
FYI, any team that starts Peter Ing is not taking its opponent seriously.
And with Peter Ing leading the Detroit Red Wings out onto the ice against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim... it was time to drop the puck. And by "drop the puck" of course I mean completely annihilate the Ducks.
The only thing rarer than this Ducks Opening night video is Aaron Ward scoring a goal.
Even Roberto Luongo laughs at that goal on Guy Hebert.
One of the few times Sergei Fedorov ever did anything noteworthy on Anaheim home ice.
#NeverForgetAnd with their team down 3-0 heading into the 1st Intermission, the Ducks organization knew that the only thing that could cheer up their fans was Tim Sweeney and Peter Douris visting Disneyland.
Tim Sweeney sounds and acts exactly like you'd think he would based solely on his name.
Tim Sweeney is also literally the Jimmy Two Times of the 1993-94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
When the action returned for the 2nd Period, the Mighty Ducks were able to score their first ever goal... and the hockey world was forever blessed with the worst bell in hockey since Shawn.
Even Once Upon A Time thinks that on-screen graphic is ill-timed.
By today's NHL standards... Keith Primeau would be considered small.
With the Ducks down 4-1, their management tried whatever it could do to make their fans laugh and smile. And when that couldn't happen they interviewed Dave Coulier.
Ugh, just shut up and say "Cut It Out."
The only thing Cut Out here was the Ducks defense.
With the 2nd Period in the books, what important NHL event would be complete without an awkward interview with Gary Bettman.
What's a "Blockbuster"?
The only thing more awkward than a 1993 interview with Gary Bettman... is a 1993 tour of the state-of-the-art facilities of the Arrowhead Pond.
Anyone catch that typewriter in the Press Box?
Thankfully, this game was almost over. Well, after Detroit scored two more goals.
And it might be hard to believe... but in 1993... fighting was still legal in the sport of hockey.
Grimson Vs Probert, 4eva
So after the Los Angeles Kings completely destroy the Florida Panthers today... sit back and enjoy the Anaheim Ducks Throwback Game against the Ottawa Senators... and just remember what a complete disaster the Ducks' Opening Night was.
As created by Jesse Cohen from All The Kings Men Podcast... The Moulson Index™ highlights an opposing player from tonights game who has the opportunity to score against his former employer, the LA Kings.
Tonight's Moulson Index Spotlight is:
MIKE WEAVER, DEFENSEMAN
In 12 games versus the LA Kings in his career, Mike Weaver has 1 POINT.
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY
Just a reminder... Dustin Brown is a badass.
@Dodgers just a reminder LA teams have been known to come back from a 2-0 hole leaving St. Louis.— dustin brown (@DustinBrown23) October 12, 2013
The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier and Jonathan Quick. If you like the hockey equivalent of dirty jokes or enjoy humorous screen-grabs of NHL players and broadcasters with funny captions... man, you are going to like The Royal Half. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter at @TheRoyalHalf