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Outdoor hockey at Dodger Stadium provides ‘unbelievable experience’

Jan 26, 2014, 2:35 AM EDT

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Under the lights of Dodger Stadium, the Anaheim Ducks and L.A. Kings staged hockey’s largest spectacle in Southern California.

The Ducks defeated the Kings 3-0, and maintained their hold on the Pacific Division by nine points over the San Jose Sharks, who managed to keep pace with an overtime win over the Minnesota Wild. But what transpired between the Ducks and Kings was more than just another game.

“Yeah, it was a really special experience. I think I had more time to enjoy it last night. Once you’re in the game, you’re more focused on the game,” said Ducks’ goalie Jonas Hiller afterward.

“But, yeah, sure, after intermissions and key breaks, you are able to get the whole picture, and it was pretty unbelievable. It was just, for sure an unbelievable experience.”

Added Ducks’ head coach Bruce Boudreau: “I mean, I’ll remember the atmosphere, you  know, 54,000 people, and where we were … and when people say Californians are laid back, I thought they were pretty into it tonight.”

  1. Gord - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    I wonder what the consensus around here would be had the game not been on NBCSN. Though I’m sure it would’ve been fun as hell to actually be there, I didn’t think it really translated that well through TV(green grass and palm trees as a backdrop just looked weird) and the game itself was a sleeper to say the least. Was glad to hear the NHL announce there wouldn’t be so many outdoor games next year. The Winter Classic and maybe the Heritage Classic in Canada is probably more than enough.

    • justinhbhb - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      This should have been on NBC. But I feel they put it on NBCSN just in case it was a disaster and wouldn’t get as much attention. A double edge sword…. like a lot of things in the leagues economics. The league is doing wonderful, and will eventually surpass the NBA

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Saturday Night Live starts at 11:30. They won’t bump that for hockey.

  2. bigdaddy44 - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Since the crowd couldn’t leave after the seventh inning, did they leave after the second period instead?

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Easily the most exciting hockey game I’d seen since … earlier on Saturday.

  4. jimw81 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Jonas Hiller the player to watch in the olympics. he might steal games.

  5. djshnooks - Jan 26, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    The backdrop is what was so special…Palm trees and mountains?

    You might never see a hockey game with that backdrop on your life.

    Appreciate it! ;-)

  6. djshnooks - Jan 26, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    And be glad you got to witness it!

  7. erinogirl123 - Jan 26, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    So my Kings lost, bummer. It was still an amazing experience. Taking in the iconic stadium, hockey under the lights, Vin Scully & Bob Miller…it was just awesome moment after awesome moment. Would have loved to have cheered for at least one Kings goal but alas, those Ducks are just really dang good.

  8. flash8910 - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Can anyone who was at the game comment on the experience? I heard some mix things. The atmosphere itself was awesome, but the game was practically unwatchable because the seats were so far away. Also, was it worth the $200+ for the seats?

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