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May 31, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The Kings head to Chicago, the most cursed city in America .. sports-wise. The Stanley Cup Western Conference final needs no back story, and the Chicago Blackhawks lack one, even in a city where The Natural meets the supernatural. There is the Curse of the Billy Goat (would the Cubs please win for Steve Bartman's sake). There is the Curse of the Black Sox (the White Sox ended it after 86 years in 2005, so hope you bet the over). There is the Curse of Michael Jordan (Bulls' fans are trying to get traction with this)
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April 7, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
For Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, the bottom line is being ready by April 16, the start date for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Doughty injured his shoulder in the first period against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday and did not return to action. He got back on the ice Monday and took part in most of the Kings' practice in El Segundo. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter, true to form, did not elaborate much when asked about Doughty by reporters after practice. Forward Dwight King, who has sat out four games because of an unspecified injury, also practiced.
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April 12, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
If point totals at season's end prove anything, then the path to the Stanley Cup will go through San Jose for the Western Conference playoffs and through the nation's capital for the Eastern Conference. The San Jose Sharks finished with 113 points and have three formidable scorers, Joe Thornton (69 assists), Patrick Marleau (44 goals) and Dany Heatley (39 goals). But the Chicago Blackhawks are hungry and finished only one point behind the Sharks, who have a penchant for collapsing this time of year.
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September 10, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks arrive in Anaheim for physicals Wednesday and the official opening of training camp Thursday with their coach vowing they won't obsess over the regret of how good they were and how agonizing their end was last season. Thanks to balanced scoring, a knack for rallies and the strong double-headed goaltending of Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth, the Ducks won the Pacific Division (30-12-6) before bowing to the Detroit Red Wings in seven games in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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May 13, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
The second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs was full of drama, magical playmaking, emerging stars … and then there was the Eastern Conference. Action in the West outshone the East. The Vancouver Canucks had to labor to eliminate upstart Nashville, while the San Jose Sharks finally developed a collective heart in holding off the Detroit Red Wings in a series that featured six games decided by one goal. The East finals will start Saturday at Boston's TD Garden. The West finals will start Sunday at Vancouver's Rogers Arena.
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June 4, 1993 | MIKE DOWNEY
Gretzky's streak of scoring points in Stanley Cup finals ended at 17 games. Gretzky got off only one shot, coming during the first period, and did not assist on either goal.
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May 10, 1991 | From Associated Press
The Pittsburgh Penguins kept their confidence despite losing the first two games of their playoff series against Boston. They haven't lost anything since then. With their explosive offense and an underrated defense, they moved within one victory of the first Stanley Cup finals berth in their 24-year history Thursday night with a 7-2 rout of the Bruins.
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April 23, 1987 | DAN HAFNER
You sort of get the feeling that the New York Islanders may be a team of destiny. After four games of their first-round series with the Washington Capitals, they trailed, 3-1. Without their two best players, Mike Bossy and Denis Potvin, they fought back to win the series. The finale was that six-hour marathon in which all skaters were moving in slow motion until Pat LaFontaine ended it after more than 128 minutes of play.
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May 31, 2013 | By David Wharton
CHICAGO -- The Stanley Cup playoffs are getting down to serious business with the Kings scheduled to practice in Chicago later Friday as they prepare for the Western Conference finals against the Blackhawks. This postseason marks only the second time in NHL history that the four remaining teams are also the last four Cup winners. That's good news for a league battling to erase memories of a lockout-shortened season, but Kings Coach Darryl Sutter believes all the focus and accolades belong elsewhere.
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May 31, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The Kings head to Chicago, the most cursed city in America .. sports-wise. The Stanley Cup Western Conference final needs no back story, and the Chicago Blackhawks lack one, even in a city where The Natural meets the supernatural. There is the Curse of the Billy Goat (would the Cubs please win for Steve Bartman's sake). There is the Curse of the Black Sox (the White Sox ended it after 86 years in 2005, so hope you bet the over). There is the Curse of Michael Jordan (Bulls' fans are trying to get traction with this)
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May 11, 2013 | Helene Elliott
Making history has become routine for the Kings. Last spring they became the first No. 8 seed to win the Stanley Cup, upsetting the 1-2-3 teams in the West before defeating the New Jersey Devils in the final. After opening their title defense by dismissing the fourth-seeded St. Louis Blues, the Kings appear to have picked up where they left off. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the fifth-seeded Kings are the first NHL team to win five consecutive playoff series despite playing Game 1 on the road in each series.
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April 29, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Wasn't it just yesterday that the Kings were hoisting the Stanley Cup? Time flies when you follow a tedious, spirit-sapping lockout with a 48-game season that was crammed into 100 calendar days. The Kings will try to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998, but, unlike last season, they won't take anyone by surprise. The Chicago Blackhawks, who had to break up their 2010 Cup team almost immediately because of salary-cap concerns, have rebuilt their reserves of talent and character and are the favorites.
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April 28, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
This is the sixth time they have met in the playoffs. The two times the Ducks defeated Detroit in the playoffs (2003 and 2007) were also the two times they reached the Stanley Cup Final, winning in 2007. Anaheim was 1-2 against the Red Wings in this shortened season, losing both games at home, getting outscored 7-2. The Ducks' win at Detroit on Feb. 15 was a breakthrough moment of sorts, marking their first win at Joe Louis Arena in five years. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard has a career record of 9-3-1 against the Ducks.
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April 27, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Detroit, again. If it is the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Ducks have qualified, well then, it almost seems automatic that they will face the Detroit Red Wings. They will meet in the opening round of the playoffs with the first game possibly on Tuesday at Honda Center in Anaheim. This is the sixth time they've met in the playoffs. The two times the Ducks defeated Detroit in the playoffs (2003 and 2007) were also the two times they reached the Stanley Cup Final, winning in 2007.
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April 26, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Corey Perry was a fresh-faced second-year player and just 21 when the Ducks started their playoff run to a Stanley Cup championship in 2007. Now, the 2010-11 Hart Trophy winner is a little more than a month removed from signing an eight-year, $69-million extension, and the attention on him is far more glaring with the Stanley Cup playoffs just days away. "Starting from a young age and maturing as a player, you're taught to put the team on your back," Perry said after practice Friday at Honda Center.
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January 8, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Goaltender Jonathan Quick never complained while he carried the Kings on his back and became the most valuable player of their Stanley Cup championship run, but he paid a steep price for toting that heavy burden. A herniated disc that doctors didn't immediately diagnose began pinching his sciatic nerve in March, while the team was making its playoff push, but Quick played through it stoically and superbly. Game after game he kept the low-scoring Kings competitive, boosting them into the final playoff spot in the West and then repelling shot after shot as they rampaged through the playoffs and to a six-game victory over the New Jersey Devils in the Cup final.
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