After awesome NHL exhibition game, fans shouldn’t hold their breath for a team to move into the Sprint Center

Last night 17,779 hockey fans (a few thousand may have been wearing invisibility cloaks) filled the Sprint Center for a meaningless exhibition NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings, and they were treated to a thriller. The Penguins tied the game 1-1 early in the third, then took a 2-1 lead, only to watch the Kings level up at 13:43 in the period and force overtime. Five minutes of 4-on-4 hockey couldn’t settle the game, forcing a shootout that went eight rounds, ending when Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen scored on Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier, bringing the Sprint Center’s only professional hockey game of the year to an end.

As you can see in the video above, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma gave at least a lukewarm endorsement of Kansas City as a hockey town. Of course, he was swayed by the largely pro-Penguin (so many Mario Lemieux sweaters!) crowd.

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