Goalie Peter Budaj was driving home from a team function for the fans in Ontario, Calif., the Kings’ minor-league affiliate, and he didn’t know what had happened in San Jose on Oct. 12.
“I came home and my wife and my wife told me Zats was in,” Budaj said.
Zats would be Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff. Zatkoff was pressed into action after the first period in the Kings’ season opener at San Jose when their franchise goalie Jonathan Quick suffered a groin injury.
(Quick could be out about three months and Budaj left Ontario and joined the Kings.)
That was a tumultuous night for the Kings...