Originally written on The Royal Half  |  Last updated 4/19/13
KINGS 2, LUMBUS 1 FIRST... make sure you read The Royal Half's GAMEDAY PREVIEW for last night's Kings-Lumbus contest. Exclusively on LAKings.com. Buy the t-shirt!!!   THEN... Our RECAP master PumperNicholl takes a look at last night's Los Angeles Kings-Lumbus game. Take it away, PumperNicholl.... *THE FOLLOWING BELOW IS NOT WRITTEN BY THE ROYAL HALF, BUT RATHER A GUEST WRITER* Last night was a strange one for Los Angeles Kings fans. The Kings were heading into a late season game they needed to win in their chase for home-ice advantage in the first round. Yet, fans were conflicted. A win for the Kings meant a loss for the Columbus Blue Jackets (trust me, it was a weird sentence to type). But #LUMBUS was the lovable runt of the NHL. A team that lost its superstar in the offseason and was surely headed for another top draft pick. Instead, they've clawed their way to a possible playoff berth.  And now it was the defending Stanley Cup Champions job to ruin their season (even weirder to type).  Anyway, let's see how it all played out in the Twitterverse.   Pregame:   Yes... No. NO! I don't know what to think anymore.   Click Here to Read PumperNicholl's RECAP of Game 44!!!   Typical fashionably late Angelino. A better financial advisor.   #NO   Not sure why people hate #LUMBUS fans.     1st Period:   And we're off! I'm not as conflicted as others online appear to be. Sure, it'd be great to see Columbus succeed, but at the end of the day I'm a die-hard Kings fan. So as long as the Blue Jackets fans are cool with me, I'll be cool with them.      ... WHAT?!?   OK NOT COOL.   SCREW YOU, VIOLET BEAUREGARDE!   So as I was saying: TO HELL WITH COLUMBUS! It's all good though. You can't keep a good Carter down. His masterful work continued when the Kings went on a 4-on-3 powerplay. I'm not sure how the man manages to do it, but he was the only King player to not get a point on the play. Thus keeping his #NHLCyYoung hopes alive and well! The Doughboy Shuffle.   It's always Ladies Night when they hit the town. So you can name them "Carter?" I think not!   Drew Doughty: Snuggler.     2nd Period:   Despite playing their fifth game in seven nights, the Blue Jackets fought as hard as they always did to get back in it. Another mucking and grinding shift led to a goal to knot it up 1-1.   The goal was as pretty as what you made.   Fortunately, the Kings quickly came back with a fourth liner special of their own when Kyle Clifford scored his fifth of the season.   I think we found Jeff Carter's Twitter!     3rd Period:   Despite trailing, Columbus still had a shot in the third period. But their fans couldn't be bothered with this.   Eighth place! Eighth place! Eighth place! The Blue Jackets fought hard to equalize the score, but the Kings wouldn't budge. And as the columbs continued to move, it became obvious #LUMBUS would be no more that night.   Their fans handled this harsh truth very well. I don't get it either.   Wait, what? I'm not sure they understand what trash talking is.   TOO STRONG!   Better.   There we go! You guys are getting this whole hockey trash talking thing now.   There's no way Doughty and Penner could keep that weight on, buddy.       TRH Three Stars of the Night:   3. Kings Fans Strong showing this past week by the the die-hards. Making everyone fall in love again with the scrappy Kings team and their top-notch fans.   YEAH!!! Wait... Seriously, I don't know how anyone can hate Kings fans!   2. Kyle Clifford   The gritty second third fourth liner stepped up huge by crashing the net and scoring the game-winner. He even managed to answer a Dan Moriarty postgame question without first ripping his arms off and beating him to death. Incredible restraint.     Clifford's offseason smile training is really paying off.   1. Jonathan Quick   Another ho-hum performance by backup netminder. It's been quite a ride for Quick as he's gone from leading his team to the No. 8 seed last year and winning the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Award, to leading his team to No. 4 seed for another run at the Cup. Apparently the fans seem to be OK with all of this.   WOO! YEAH! *gasp*  
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