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NHL likes Obama

November 4, 2008 |  8:30 pm

According to CNN projections, states with NHL franchises favor Barack Obama 10-3 at this point, with  Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Missouri and Florida pending. In 2004, George Bush and John Kerry split the 18 NHL states.

Apparently, having Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin drop the puck before a Philadelphia Flyers game and a St. Louis Blues game didn't influence that crucial NHL vote.

Obama received a small ovation from fans at the Kings-Ducks game tonight when the message board at Staples Center announced he had won the election with 1 minute 46 seconds left in the first period.

Meanwhile, Kings goaltender Erik Ersberg survived four minutes of penalties to start the game and had 11 saves in the first period. Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere had 10 saves. The period ended in a scoreless tie.

-- Chris Foster