The puck squirted to the New York Rangers' goal line and halted dead in its vulcanized rubber tracks. Just stopped. Refused to move. Sat there alone and untouched. A shiny black hood ornament. A frozen omen.
Henrik Lundqvist, Anton Stralman's stick, a pile of snow and Derek Stepan's hand kept the Kings from hoisting the Stanley Cup on Wednesday.
Large crowds of Kings fans swarmed L.A. Live on Wednesday evening hoping to see their team win the Stanley Cup, but many were left disappointed after finding out that there was no outside viewing of the game and that restaurants and bars were filled to capacity.
As Darryl Sutter tells it he was in the barn on his 3,000-acre farm in Canada, not long after he had finished shoveling manure, when Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi called on a cold Alberta day in December 2011 and offered him the team's coaching job.
His hands gripped the hockey stick a little tighter as he glided into the faceoff circle.