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2013 Western Conference Finals: Goaltending, Physical Style Should Help LA Kings Advance Past Chicago Blackhawks

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Heading into Game 1 of the 2013 Western Conference Finals, the Los Angeles Kings face their greatest challenge yet this season in the President’s Trophy-winning Chicago Blackhawks.

Having lost two of the three games against Chicago in the regular season might be a red flag for many. But the Kings won the last contest between the two teams on March 25, 5-4, at a time when the Kings were different team than the one the Blackhawks faced earlier in the season.

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Intangibles Are Now A Source Of Strength For The Los Angeles Kings

EL SEGUNDO, CA — A couple of days ago, Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown reflected back on his team’s 2012 Stanley Cup Championship, the road they traveled to reach the National Hockey League’s Promised Land, and then compared that playoff run to their current journey towards the 2013 Stanley Cup.

In LA Kings Dustin Brown Has New Perspective On Winning And Losing, he said:

“You always remember what it feels like to lose,” he said. “You almost have to lose before you learn how to win. It’s a motivating factor.”

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LA Kings Dustin Brown Has New Perspective On Winning And Losing

LA Kings winger and captain Dustin Brown (foreground), shown
here during a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Just one game short of having two series under his belt in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, not to mention having won the Stanley Cup last season, Los Angeles Kings winger and captain Dustin Brown now has a strikingly different outlook about hockey than he did prior to the Kings winning the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship.

“You always remember what it feels like to lose,” said Brown, who began his National Hockey League career with the Kings in 2003-04, playing on a lot of poor-to-mediocre teams that did a lot more losing than winning. “You almost have to lose before you learn how to win. It’s a motivating factor.”

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Los Angeles Kings Aren’t Fazed By Game 7 Mystique

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar (left), shown
here with goaltender Jonathan Bernier
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On the eve of Game 7 of their Western Conference Semifinal series against the San Jose Sharks, the Los Angeles Kings were very much aware of the potentially final nature of tonight’s game at Staples Center in Los Angeles (6:00 PM PDT, NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS).

“This is it,” said center Anze Kopitar. “Either you live on, or you’re done with the season. I think everybody is going to take responsibility, and obviously, I’m certainly one of them. I’m going to try and pull the team behind me.”

“We want to make sure we leave everything out there, and give ourselves the best chance to win,” added Kopitar. “We’re a confident group. We know we can get it done. We’ve done it a bunch of times already. Now it’s just a matter of going out and performing to our standards.”

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