The Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League battled the Florida Panthers hard at the Staples Center on March 16 in an interesting Saturday afternoon matinee. The game was tightly contested for 18 minutes before Jonathan Huberdeau scored the game-winning goal for Florida with 1:56 left in regulation to break a 3-3 tie.
During the afternoon, one could tell by analyzing the Kings Twitter account that the franchise had a good time celebrating St. Patrick's Day, which will take place on March 17. The Kings wore all green jerseys in pre-game warmups, put out a fascinating "Go Kings Go" sign with a unique green background, and the jumbotron was lit up green.
It was also special for a young Kings fan named Elliot, who got to meet the Kings in their bright green Kings jerseys. Elliot, who was participating in the Make-A-Wish Foundation program, was seen giving a fist-pump to Kings captain Anze Kopitar.
The Kings were also honoring Darren Granger, the Kings head equipment manager. Granger was working his 2000th National Hockey League game against the Panthers. In a video tribute posted on Twitter, Granger received high praise from Kings president Luc Robitaille, as well as many Kings current and former players. They included Jonathan Quick, Kopitar, Rob Blake, Jarrett Stoll, Sean O'Donnell, Matt Greene and Justin Williams.
The Los Angeles Kings next play the Winnipeg Jets at the Staples Center on March 18. Get your tickets today!