Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings seemed set on bringing its fans the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.
The Staples Center, a good neighbor of ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center (LAPC), was teeming with Kings fans anticipating the completion of a four-game sweep of the visiting New Jersey Devils. The photos above — shot before Game 4 by the LAPC’s Gary Reynolds — capture the excitement.
But the Devils spoiled any NHL title celebration plans that night with a victory, setting up a Game 5 tonight in New Jersey. Scott Burnside looks at the Devils’ attitude heading into their second straight elimination game against the Kings.
Our Barry Melrose and Steve Levy (pictured in the gallery above) will have pre- and post-game thoughts from on-site throughout the weekend.
Let’s review the week on Front Row:
• ESPN revealed a new Monday Night Countdown this week. The company decided to brand all MNF shows with one unique package.
• ESPN’s Creative Services team transformed Studio G from the home of NASCAR into a hub for all that is UEFA EURO 2012. From Friday, June 8, through Sunday, July 1, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will combine to present more than 200 hours of live coverage of the UEFA EURO 2012 including all 31 matches live on English-language networks and 27 on the Spanish-language sports network ESPN Deportes.
• Ever wonder what it’s like to operate a camera on the SportsCenter set or to edit the highlight of a big game? Production Operations provided ESPN employees outside of the department those experiences and more.
• With UEFA EURO 2012 underway, Our experts’ predictions can serve as your guide to the Beautiful Game’s beautiful tournament.