Programming note: Coverage of Game 2 between the Sharks and Kings begins Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on CSN California with Sharks Pregame Live (Channel locations)
SAN JOSE – Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic has a theory behind the power outage that occurred just minutes before warmups were set to take place for Game 1 on Thursday night at SAP Center.
“[Tommy] Wingels said about 20 minutes before that, ‘why do we have to wait 27 minutes between the warmup and the game? Why don’t we just push warmup back?’ Maybe he had something to do with it,” Vlasic said. “He was happy.”
Right around 6:57 p.m., everything went dark in the arena for a few seconds before the emergency lighting kicked in. The game still started at its scheduled time of 7:45 p.m., which was a bit later than usual due to television obligations.
Still, it was an odd scene. The in-arena music system remained down, and instead of coming out to Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” (also known as the most overplayed song currently heard in hockey arenas...but, I digress) the only thing that could he heard was the clatter of sticks and pucks. A few “Beat LA” chants also rise and fell during the 15 minutes.
“It was really weird,” Vlasic said. “Having warmup with no music was really weird. I didn’t like it, but guys had fun with it. You can’t do anything about it. But, hopefully it doesn’t happen again.”
Head coach Todd McLellan was fearful that the delay might work in the Kings’ favor.
“The group was ready to go out, standing and ready to walk out for warmup, basically. It’s not a comfortable situation,” he said. “Skates are tight, minds are already set, and all of a sudden things change.
“It might sound strange, but I had a concern about the energy in the building, because when you get out for warmup and have got music going, and the energy is building and building, all of a sudden it wasn’t there. I was concerned that would play into LA’s favor. We managed it well.”
Vlasic and Raffi Torres both indicated that the mood in the dressing room was a light one, despite the team being ready to go minutes earlier.
In fact, Vlasic was still able to joke about it on Friday afternoon.
“[Brent Burns] kind of got real excited. I was protecting myself because he was standing next to me,” he said. “Guys had fun with it.”
The Sharks evidently weren’t thrown off by the oddness of their surroundings, as they scored barely three minutes into the game and led 3-0 after the first period. The organ worked in the first period, but missing was the blaring music between whistles. That came back a few minutes into the second period.
Torres said: “Maybe we should keep trying that [for the next game], if that’s what’s going to happen.”