Southern California still has two professional teams in their sport's playoffs. And now it could get interesting. The LA Kings tonight eliminated the St. Louis Blues and move on to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Kings are the first defending Stanley Cup champion in three years to make it to the second round. They won when a long-range, last-ditch shot in the final second of the second period grazed the left post and went in. The Staples Center crowd had to wait while the goal was reviewed to make sure the puck crossed the line before the clock reached 0:00. When the referee announced the goal was good, the arena erupted.
Meanwhile, the Anaheim Ducks lost in Detroit in overtime. They now have to play the Detroit Red Wings in a deciding seventh game, on Sunday night in Anaheim. So here's the deal. If the Ducks win game 7, Los Angeles and Anaheim will meet in the NHL playoffs for the first time. For the fans in both places and the teams' coffers, that would be awesome.
Kings and Blues shake hands at Staples Center. Jeff Gross/Getty Images via LA Kings