A power outage knocked out the lights at SAP Center in San Jose just minutes before the Sharks and Kings took the ice to warm up for Game 1 of their first-round series. Several writers, including Kings beat writer Helene Elliott and CSN's Ray Ratto, reported hearing loud "bangs" and "booms."
And now a loud boom that wasn't supposed to happen. This game will be delayed while we all die horribly. Please resume watching COL-MIN.— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) April 18, 2014
Just heard a loud bang in SAP Center. Not sure that was supposed to happen.— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) April 18, 2014
Only emergency lights on pic.twitter.com/i7TP8EGXHa— LA Kings (@LAKings) April 18, 2014
Jumbotron a little funky right now at SAP Center pic.twitter.com/Kug6OohMFf— Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) April 18, 2014
Emergency lighting on right now, but that's it. pic.twitter.com/V6TxbP3Jxb— Brodie Brazil (@brodiebrazilCSN) April 18, 2014
The regular lights eventually started to come back on, but the scoreboard and sound systems are apparently still down. No source of the outage has been revealed yet, but given the temperature in San Jose on Thursday it seems that the power supply might have been working overtime to keep the ice in playing condition.
Either way, a power outage isn't the way any team wants to start the playoffs. Bad signs and all of that.