Slash's rendition has a little more in common with Jimi Hendrix's famous version than Whitney Houston

By Alex Heigl
Updated May 25, 2014 11:15 AM
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The Los Angeles Kings are in the middle of their third straight Western Conference Final appearance, and they went into Saturday’s game tied against the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks.

So they needed to bring out the big guns. And/or roses.

Mono-named and top-hatted guitarist Slash, who famously delivered the searing riffs to Guns N’ Roses tunes like “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City,” performed the national anthem before the game, standing on the ice in front of two Marshall amplifiers and wielding his signature Les Paul guitar.

Slash’s rendition has a little more in common with Jimi Hendrix’s famous Woodstock version than, say, Whitney Houston’s, but the crowd seemed appreciative.

And it may have helped the Kings as well: The team beat the Blackhawks, 4-3, to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

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