Now this was much better. Pam and I spent the day in LA doing all the touristy stuff before heading over to the Staples Center - where we met up with a few of the guys from our fantasy hockey team (all Kings fans) together with "spectr17". After photos, Spec and I left them to it and we headed in to watch the Blues warm up - before making our way down to the ice we met a nice chap decked out in Blues gear...with a yellow wig. LOL.
Stood right by the tunnel this time and held my hand down and got "hand tapped" by most of the team - it made my night to be "tapped" twice by Cam! Once on his way to the ice and once on his way back. Hand taps included Oshie, Perron, Chris Mason, Alex Steen, Brad Winchester, Patrik Berglund et al. The funny thing was that there were quite a number of Blues fans down by the tunnel...and Davis Payne got a nice cheer and clap. He stood just where the Blues bench was...and the fans opposite me started up a chant. The chant was "House of Payne" - lol we all joined in. Davis Payne turned, smiled and then did that embarrassed cleaning of glasses thing.
Obviously took lots of pics before going up to the 334 section where we were sitting - great view from up there...you could really see the play develop. I was out of my seat at Perron's goal....and damn near shouted myself hoarse at Oshie's superbly taken goal. Seems like the creativity is starting to come back here. The fantasy hockey team took the piss of course - but they were really a fun lot.
I was just so damn happy to see a Blues win - a fantastic day capped with a fantastic night. Anyway - pics are here:
I love this one though:
Again - feel free to take any you like.