The game was fun ! Max and I parked the car downtown, and walked to the HP Pavilion, which is San Jose's sports and entertainment venue... it's actually an awesome looking building, and impressive, both from the outside as well as the inside. One thing that struck me is that all the sponsors are pretty much from tech companies... not surprising given that this is the silicon valley, but interesting nonetheless.
A few interesting facts about the HP Pavilion: it opened in Sept. 1993, and took 540 days to build, the Hockey stadium hosts 17,483 folks, it cost $162.5 million to build, ($132.5 million funded by the City of San Jose; $30 million funded by Hewlett Packard), and was architected by Sink Combs Dethlefs.
So we get the the HP Pavilion, and there are tons of people, i mean literally thousands of people here to watch the game, and this is not even a weekend night, it's Thursday night in the city! I was really surprised to see that many people here, but it would seem that NHL is really popular here.
The game was loads of fun... divided into several 20 mn periods (i think 3). Lot's of players slamming into the plexiglass, and it's great to see all this people skating furiously fast after this puck! When San Jose scored, it was wild !
You can stream a video of one of the goals made by Joe Thornton, one of the more popular players (it would seem) in the team here (you will need Windows Media Player 9).