The Royal Half Gameday: Boston Bruins
BEST PLAYER TO WEAR BOTH COLORS:
We also would have accepted Ray Bourque.
BEST WOMAN FROM THE 90s TO LOVE JOZEF STUMPEL
Anyone out there know who this woman is?
BEST OPPOSITION BLOGS:
BEST OPPOSITION TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER:
WORST OPPOSITION TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER:
Anyone who uses the #BruinsFam hashtag
OILERS + FLAMES VS THE KINGS POINTS UPDATE:
LooKING Back:On Tuesday night at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Kings lost 2-1 in the shootout to a team starting a 3rd string goaltender amongst an already injury-depleted lineup. And even though the LA Kings possession numbers were off the charts during the game, overall the team looked distracted and unable to focus. Well, at least most of the team.
The best part is at 24 seconds when Jarret Stoll starts to crack up.
To say that the Ben Scrivens Video Photobomb™ created a stir on the internet Tuesday is an understatement.
Ben Scrivens is trending in Los Angeles.— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) January 8, 2014
Ben Scrivens is trending in Houston #What— Brice Victor (@BVtracco) January 8, 2014
I'm slightly curious to why @scrivens_30 is trending in Boston. Interesting..— Sydneysaurus (@totheice) January 8, 2014
My computer must have frozen because you're still trending @scrivens_30— Jenny Scrivens (@JenScrivs) January 8, 2014
both those via reddit
Ben Scrivens: Ladies' Man pic.twitter.com/CJS2SXFebw— PumperNicholl (@PumperNicholl) January 8, 2014
King Leer pic.twitter.com/pZJXXBShzf— All The Kings Men (@KingsMenPodcast) January 8, 2014
The best part of all of this is that Ben Scrivens staring into the camera during Jarret Stoll's bench interview was only the 2nd greatest meme moment from Ben Scrivens this season.
WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE PAST GAME:
Contractually, I'm unable to say anything about these above photos.
But I think Jon Quick sums it up nicely.
LA TOURISM BOARD:The Boston Bruins come into Los Angeles dealing with a lot of injuries and some sub-par play from their #1 goaltender. Sure, LA and Boston are the top 2 defensive teams in the NHL... but how do they really compare when it comes to the most important hockey advanced stat.... OLYMPIC PLAYER SELECTIONS!!!
The Boston Bruins have 1 player selected to the Canadian Olympic Team, while the Los Angeles Kings have 2. Let's see how they matchup.
BOSTON: PATRICE BERGERON
In 2010, Bergeron won Olympic gold despite only having 1 assist in 7 games playing on a line with Sidney Crosby and Rick Nash. He also thinks the Stanley Cup is more important than an Olympic medal. Is this really the guy you want representing your country?
LOS ANGELES: JEFF CARTER & DREW DOUGHTY
Drew Doughty was the breakout star of the 2010 Olympics, playing top pair minutes as a 20 year-old. Jeff Carter was an injury selection for the 2010 team, but was not on the main roster.
Patrice Bergeron isn't even the most famous Bergeron in all of North America. (Even though some prominent Bruins bloggers say he is the greatest Canadian Bruin of all-time.)
Plus, Patrice Bergeron is from L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec while Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter are both from London, Ontario. And we all know that the secret to winning in Canada is to be a good ol' Ontario boy.
Not only do the Boston Bruins not have a Russian player on an Olympic Roster... they don't even have a Russian player on their own roster... or even a Russian player in their prospect system! (Suck it, Maxim Chudinov!) So it's no surprise here that Slava Voynov's selection to Team Russia puts the LA Kings as the clear front-runner in this category.
Here is where these two teams really match up.
TUUKKA RASK, FINLAND
ZDENO CHARA, SLOVAKIA
LOUI ERIKSSON, SWEDEN
ANZE KOPITAR, SLOVENIA
Sure, it's great that Rask, Chara and Eriksson will be representing the Boston Bruins amongst the fringe countries participating at the Winter Olympics... but are those 3 the ONLY players from their individual countries playing in the Olympics??? Yeah, I thought so.
While the LA Kings have two players representing the greatest country in the world at the Winter Olympics... an original 6 US franchise, the Boston Bruins, has none. And that must break Jack Edwards heart.
THE ROYAL HALF KINGS WEEKLY PREVIEW OF THE DAY
Tonight, after the Kings post-game show... catch a brand new Kings Weekly!!!
Mike Richards reveals that he stopped surfing because he's afraid of sharks, in this week's… http://t.co/sdYTaurh4R— Jack Wilson (@JACKaWILSON) January 8, 2014
Mike Richards afraid of sharks???
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY
Finally, one of the biggest omissions in LA Kings history makes it into the Hockey Hall of Fame...
Congrats to @LAKings 1984 draft pick Tom Glavine for making the Baseball Hall Of Fame!— Dieter Ruehle (@DieterRuehle) January 8, 2014
Oh, were you thinking of someone else?
1984 NHL Draft Rd 4, 69th overall: Tom Glavine (Kings) Rd 6, 117th overall: Brett Hull (Flames) Rd 9, 171st overall: Luc Robitaille (Kings)— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) January 9, 2014
Of course he was.
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, Jonathan Quick and Ben Scrivens. 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