Thursday, January 19, 2006 was hockey night for some of us working at Fortanasce & Associates. We thank Anang, one of the PTs at the clinic, for organizing this work event. 20 of us headed to downtown L.A. to watch the Los Angeles Kings play against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Staples Center.
Prior to the start of the game, the Los Angeles Kings had not been doing well as of late. They entered the game 2nd place in the Pacific Division, four points behind Dallas, and losing four of their last five games. The Kings also had a few key players injured during that stretch – including forward Alexander Frolov (flu), Pavol Demitra (leg injury), Lubomir Visnovsky (neck strain), and goalie Mathieu Garon with a shoulder boo-boo. Atlanta, on the other hand, entered Thursday with a 23-18-6 record, and 2nd in the Southeast Division. They are on a five-game winning streak, and have a 7-1 record in January.
The game was an awesome game, with the Kings beating Atlanta 8-6. A few key highlights: Luc Robitaille scored three goals (a hat trick), and became the King’s career leading goal scorer, passing Marcel Dionne’s record. Luc tied the record at the 4:20 mark in the 1st period by intercepting a pass, and receiving a feed from Derek Armstrong. Goal #551 came on a breakaway when he beat goalie Mike Dunham between the pads, and both teams going 4-on-4.
It definitely was an amazing and fun night, and I enjoyed hanging out with my fellow co-workers (and a couple of the bosses) outside of work. It was great to see how different people interact with their co-workers outside of the workplace. I also was delighted to be a part of Los Angeles Kings’ history by watching Luc "Lucky" Robitaille enter the record books for the Kings.
Oh, yeah... #1 star of the game: Luc Robitaille... #2 star of the game: Kings' defenseman Mattias Norstrom (I love this guy!); and #3 star of the game: an Atlanta Thrasher player (can't remember who).