Hockey is Back

That’s right! They’re in the second period in London with the Kings ahead of the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks 2-0 on power play goals by Mike Cammalleri and new Los Angeles captain Rob Blake.

Not surprisingly, there’s been a ton of penalties called as the teams have already had a combined 11 power plays and we’re not even through the 2007-08’s first 40 minutes!

What would you expect with Gary Bettman in attendance?

The best part of this game though was the beginning. The first ever NHL game in London and what happens? A half hour delay due to bad lighting!!!!!!

You got to love it. Only could happen to the NHL.

One thought on this game. The Ducks miss Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne. Their power play has looked out of synch thus far which would help explain their 0-for-5 output as we near the end of the second.

Two quick others:

1.The Kings D looks really good. They’re getting in lanes blocking shots and breaking up plays. So far so good for them.

2.The rookie Jonathan Bernier who impressed so much in the preseason has looked very steady stopping all 16 Anaheim shots. If this is any indication, the 19 year-old 2006 first round pick (11th overall) should get his shot at being the No.1 goalie for L.A. It would also be in their best interests as a franchise.

Well, maybe we’ll be back for more later. Happy puck day!

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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