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Taking Metrolink to the LA Kings Game at the Staples Center 2/23/2013

by Chris Guenzler

I got a ticket for this Saturday Day Game knowing I could use a Metrolink Weekend Pass that would allow me for 10 dollars not only the train ride but also subway and light rail for that low price. I got up and after doing my chores I drove down to the Santa Ana train station and parked the car. I got my Metrolink Weekend Pass and walked over to Track 1 via the Santa Ana Blvd grade crossing.

The Santa Ana train station on a beautiful clear morning.

My Metrolink Weekend Pass.

Surfliner 566 came into Santa Ana just before my Metrolink Train.

Metrolink 651 came into Santa Ana and I boarded the Bike Car for my trip to LA Union Station. I called Lets Talk Trains just before we arrived into LAUPT. I detrained and headed down to the subway.

I took the Subway from Union Station to 7th/Metro then walked the rest of the way to the Staples Center arriving on the north side where the LA Sport Statues are.

The sixth statue was of Laker legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was unveiled on November 16, 2012.

There is a Statue of Magic Johnson.

Boxer Oscar De La Hoya is here.

The fifth statue was of the Laker legend Jerry West dribbling was unveiled on February 17, 2011.

This is the statue I wanted to see was Wayne Gretzky.

The fourth statue was of the late long time Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn, behind a Laker desk with a chair for fans to sit down for a picture.

The north entrance to the Staples Center. Doors opened at 11:30 AM and once I went through Security I visited the Team LA Shop inside the Staples Center to buy my Official Story of the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings Book.

The LA Kings banners now hang from the ceiling.

Retied LA Kings Jerseys are 30 is for Rogie Vachon, 16 is for Marcel Dionne, 18 is for Dave Taylor, 99 is for Wayne Gretzky and 20 is for Luc Robitaille.

The Stanley Cup Banner really has improved the Staples Center.

The LA Lakers Banners are on the other end of the Staples Center.

The Staples Center Scoreboard.

The ice is ready for team warm ups.

The LA Kings come out onto the ice.

The Colorado Avalanche has taken the ice.

The LA Kings start their pregame warm ups.

The Colorado Avalanche is still warming up.

The LA Kings are warming up.

The Colorado Avalanche is still warming up.

The LA Kings are still warming up.

Center Ice is always interesting to watch during warm ups.

The Colorado Avalanche is still warming up.

The LA Kings are almost finished warming up.

Today is Ian Laperriere Tribute Day at the Staples Center.

The Zambonis came out to resurface the ice.

It is always fun to watch the Zambonis do their work.

The Zambonis have finished their jobs.

The ice surface is now ready for play.

A Green Light Show was done plus Emerson, Lake & Palmer Karn Evil 9 Part 2 was played over the sound speakers.

Ian Laperriere was honored today for his excellent hockey playing for the LA Kings.

The LA Kings returned to the ice for their pregame warm up skating.

Pia Toscano sang the United States National Anthem.

Ian Laperriere dropped the puck at the pre game faceoff.

The game started with the faceoff which the Kings won. Dustin Brown scored the first goal of the game for the Kings at 0:58 of the first period with assists going to Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar. Next Jeff Carter scored the second goal of the game at 14:22 of the First Period with assists going to Mike Richards and Slava Voynov. End of the First Period it was Los Angeles Kings 2 and the Colorado Avalanche 0. During the period break we were treated to the LA Kings 5-7 year's old game before the Zambonis smooth out the ice surface for Second Period play. During Period 2 Milan Hejduk scored with assists going to PA Parenteau and Gabriel Landeskog at 1:16. Next at 2:51 a short handed goal was scored by Trevor Lewis with assists going to Jarret Stoll. Later at 16.42 Anze Kopitar scored with assists going to Dustin Penner and Dwight King. End of two Periods La Kings 4 and the Colorado Avalanche 1. No scoring in Period 3 so the game ended Los Angeles Kings 4 and the Colorado Avalanche 1. As we exited they gave each of us a Ian Laperriere 22 Hockey Puck.

My Trip Home

I walked over to the Blue Line Station and boarded the first train to the 7th/Metro Station.

My Expo Line Train going out of service.

Another trolley out of service at 7th/Metro. I walked down the stairs to the subway station and boarded a Purple Line Train for LA Union Station.

My Purple Line train at the LA Union Station Subway Station. I stopped by Wetzel Pretzel before headed up to my Metrolink Train for home.

My Metrolink Train 664 which took me home to Santa Ana ending a great day in my life.