The San Jose Sharks have been to the playoffs in each of the past 10 seasons, but never to the Stanley Cup Final. They'll have to hope what happened at their home building before Game 1 of their opening-round series against the Los Angeles Kings isn't an omen. The power went out briefly in the SAP Center approximately 50 minutes before puck drop.
The entire arena went black for a few minutes. Emergency lights did come on inside, but full power was not immediately restored. It takes a while to get a big building like that with all its electronics to get warmed up again.
Here's a rundown of what happened from those on the scene.
Six-minute power outage here at SAP Center. Lights just came back on.— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) April 18, 2014
SAP Center right now. pic.twitter.com/XKML9JyqZ9— Cörey Masisak (@cmasisak22) April 18, 2014
Very odd not to hear the loud music that's usually played during warmups. Not necessarily bad. Fans jump in, chanting "Beat LA"— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) April 18, 2014
There are an awful lot of things in a professional arena that require power, not the least of which is the broadcast equipment to get the games out to viewers. There were probably a few dozen production folks running around like crazy people for a few minutes there.
Stick with us here on CSN-CA. Soon as we can get full power well start broadcasting live. Crazy stuff here.— Brodie Brazil (@brodiebrazilCSN) April 18, 2014
And ESPN's Pierre LeBrun had a pretty good light-hearted conspiracy theory going here. He may be on to something.
We had about a 4-5 min power outage here at SAP Center. I know the Sharks don't want Jonathan Quick to see the puck but this is pushing it— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 18, 2014
It does not appear that this will delay the game any as both teams made it out on the ice for warmups, albeit quiet warmups, but this situation could be interesting to watch as the game goes on. Puck drop is still set for 9:45 p.m. ET.
Super Bowl-like fiasco averted, for now.