The Los Angeles Kings opened their regular season a long ways from L.A., with games Friday in Stockholm (they beat the New York Rangers) and today in Berlin (they lost to the Buffalo Sabres.) The video here shows the end of Friday's win, on a sudden-death goal in overtime. The clip begins with two Kings not in the lineup watching on a TV monitor, you see the post-game procession to the locker room and hear a bunch of young pro athletes happy at starting the season 1-0 ("we're in the playoff hunt!")
The Kings don't actually play in this country until Thursday or at Staples Center until Tuesday, Oct. 18. The two games in Europe were both home games for the Kings — AEG and Phil Anschutz own the arenas — so that means two fewer games here this season.