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Edmonton Oilers v. Los Angeles Kings 06 April 2002 

Here are some photos taken during the pre-game skate at Staples Center on 06 April 2002 when the Edmonton Oilers came into Los Angeles to play the Kings.  Another important game for the Kings as the season was winding down and playoff implications were at stake.  Pre-game skate photos taken by Amy and Donna.

Ziggy Palffy skating behind Felix Potvin in goal as pre-game warmups begin.

Bryan Smolinski on the ice for warmups.

Adam Deadmarsh skating down ice.

LA Kings Center, Eric Belanger.

Ziggy Palffy skating down the ice.

LA Kings Centers, Bryan Smolinski and Eric Belanger.

Ziggy Palffy (#33), Lubomir Visnovsky (#17), Ken Belanger (#12) and Brad Chartrand (#29) wait to take their turn shooting on goal.

Kings defensemen, Mattias Norstrom (#14) and Aaron Miller (#3).

Felix Potvin watches as Bryan Smolinski fishes the pucks out of the net.

Same as above except Bryan looks up this time :-)

Bryan Smolinski ready to make a pass.

Bryan Smolinski watching the play.

Ziggy Palffy watching the play.

Bryan Smolinski and Cliff Ronning.

Lubomir Visnovsky and Jason Allison.

Ziggy Palffy watching Felix Potvin prepare to make a save.

Ziggy Palffy watching as Felix Potvin comes out of the crease to make a save.

Adam Deadmarsh checking out the action.  The running joke with the crew is ... how can I get Ziggy Palffy to come stand right by me?????

Answer ... take pictures of Adam Deadmarsh.  That's Ziggy standing right next to him.

Again ... side by side.

Ziggy standing right in front of where I am on the glass.

Ziggy watching the play or suspecting that his picture is being taken?

Picture being taken ...

Busted by Ziggy Palffy and Lubomir Visnovsky.

Bryan Smolinski watching the play.

Bryan Smolinski skating towards us.

Ziggy Palffy about to flip a puck over the glass to a lucky fan.

Ziggy Palffy watches as the puck goes over the glass.

Bryan Smolinski coming off the ice at the end of warmups.

Ziggy Palffy coming off the ice at the end of warmups as he glances at "the camera".  Eric Belanger and Lubomir Visnovsky look on.

The next few photos were taken by Amy at the end of the game from our seats in Section 320. 

The final score:  Kings 4 and Edmonton 3 (overtime). 

The number one star of the game, Ziggy Palffy who netted the game winning goal 28 seconds into the overtime period.  Right before the start of overtime, I asked Amy if it would be too much to ask for Ziggy to get the game winning goal.  I guess not :-)

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Photos courtesy of Amy and Donna 2002
Updated 1
8 July 2002