A huge lead turned into a King-sized “Choke on Chick Hearn Court” in downtown L.A.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs L.A. style

As the late great Jack Buck once announced after calling Kirk Gibson’s historic World Series homerun, “I can’t believe what I just saw!” WoW, what a start for the L.A. Kings as in 2 goals in a 13 second span, less than 3 minutes into the hockey game and they went on to take a 4-0 un-catchable lead right? WRONG, Miracle on Manchester Breath!

A hard to believe tie game start to the 3rd period

The Kings unthinkably allowed 5 goals in the 2nd period before giving up the embarrasing overtime game loser to Devin Setoguchi and suffered their worst loss in franchise history 6-5. And the crowd was extra noisy, not just due to the early hometeam lead but also the local payback for a rediculous newspaper story by a San Jose Mercury News columnist stating “the Sharks may struggle to pick up a victory on their trip south but it will have nothing to do with a smothering crowd atmosphere, unless you count the odor of some movie star’s perfume. And more of them go to Lakers games anyway. Staples Center is a jewel of an arena. Yet as hockey venues go … well, if HP Pavilion can be a Metallica concert when the puck drops, Staples is more of a Kenny G experience”.

Oh really???? Well Mr. G would’ve needed earplugs for most of this one until the Kings blew the lead of course, and then the crowd tried to get into it but it was never the same.

Devon Setoguchi spoils the L.A. party for good!

Kings Defenseman Willie Mitchell opened the scoring just 2:26 in and 13 seconds later his buddy Kyle Clifford also beat Sharks goalie Antii Niemi for a quick 2-0 lead while L.A. netminder Jonathon Quick was sitting back enjoying the action from his front crease seat. And the Kings closed out the first period with a great pass by Dustin Penner setting up Michael Handzus for a 3-0 start. And L.A. scored AGAIN at 0:44 secs. into the 2nd on a beautiful steal and individual effort for that 4-0 lead that blew up in So-Cal’s faces and it’s a loss that will never be forgotten around these parts-or around the entire NHL.

I hustled into both locker rooms after this historic event for your listening pleasure (or disgust if you’re a diehard Kings fan) so at least try to enjoy some of the principles involved.

Sharks RW Devin Setoguchi with Ted Sobel:

Sharks LW Ryane Clowe with Ted Sobel:

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick with Ted Sobel:

Kings RW Wayne Simmonds with Ted Sobel:

Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi with Ted Sobel:

Kings defenseman Matt Greene with Ted Sobel:

Kings Hall of Fame announcer Bob Miller with Ted Sobel:

Kings radio color commentator Darryl Evans (of ‘Miracle on Manchester fame’ with Ted Sobel:

TSN color analsyt (and ex-King) Ray Ferraro with Ted Sobel:

About Ted Sobel

Award winning sportscaster/journalist covering major events around the world since 1973. Please check out my new book 'Touching Greatness' and deep audio vault---and follow me on Twitter and Instagram (@tedsobelsports).
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