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There’s A Silver Lining In LA Kings’ Failed Defense Of 2012 Stanley Cup Championship

“Sometimes you have to lose again to remember how hard it was to win.”
LA Kings right wing Justin Williams
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — More than one week has passed since the Los Angeles Kings were bounced out of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks, who took the Kings out in a rather decisive five games in the Western Conference Final.

Since that time, the Stanley Cup Final has begun, with the Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins tied, with one win each, heading into Game 3 in Boston (tonight, 5:00 PM PDT; televised on NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS). Meanwhile, Kings players are already into the summer routine, many having already left Southern California for home.

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Poor Playoff Performance Shows That LA Kings Anze Kopitar Is Not An Elite Player…Yet

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — At this time last year, the Los Angeles Kings were basking in the glory of their first Stanley Cup Championship in what was then the 45-year history of the franchise.

The team raced through the playoffs, earning an astounding 16-4 record, including ten straight road victories, and they accomplished all that by staying healthy, and getting contributions from everyone in the lineup. But as the old saying goes, a team’s best players have to be their best players in order to achieve post-season success, and that is exactly what the Kings got from goaltender Jonathan Quick, defenseman Drew Doughty, and forwards Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar.

But one year later, the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks are in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, which begins tonight in Chicago. Indeed, the Kings failed to defend their Stanley Cup Championship after being eliminated in the Western Conference Final by the Blackhawks in five games, and in a more convincing fashion than the game scores may have indicated.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: LA Kings Reflect On Playoff Run And Look Ahead to Next Season

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Los Angeles Kings forwards Dustin Brown and Tyler Toffoli, defensemen Jake Muzzin and Rob Scuderi, and head coach Darryl Sutter all took time today to speak with the media, either in person, or by phone.

KingsVision has the video of the interviews with Brown and Sutter (see below), but, at least for the moment, Frozen Royalty is your only source for the audio of the media conference calls with Scuderi, Muzzin and Toffoli, which you can listen to below.

Frozen Royalty will have stories starting on Wednesday based on these interviews.

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2013 Western Conference Final: LA Kings Use Off Day To Go Back To Square One

LA Kings right wing Justin Williams
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Down 2-0 in the 2013 Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Los Angeles Kings are not in a do-or-die situation.

Indeed, they are not facing elimination. That said, they know that they cannot afford to go down in the series, 3-0, not against a healthy Blackhawks team that is now firing on all cylinders, and is getting contributions from all parts of their lineup—highly reminiscent of the Kings team that won the Stanley Cup last season.

“We [were] here, what, three weeks ago,” asked right wing Justin Williams, referring to his team coming back from a 2-0 series deficit in the first round of the playoffs against the St. Louis Blues. “Obviously, it’s four wins or go home, so it’s not do-or-die tomorrow, but it is.”

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