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LA Kings Think They Can Reach “Another Level”

Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — The mood was subdued at the Los Angeles Kings practice facility in El Segundo, California the day after their 2-1 double overtime loss in Game 2 of their first round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights.

But the subdued mood was only because after such a long, grueling game and a flight home, they did not skate on Saturday, choosing rest, re-hydration, and recovery instead.

“You get fluids into [yourselves],” said forward Jeff Carter. “We got in here and got moving, a little bit. We’ve got a lot of guys who’ve been through it before. It’s nothing new.”

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LA Kings Hoping Stark Contrast From Games 1 and 2 Continues

AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Includes audio interviews with Dwight King, Darryl Sutter, and the entire media scrum interview with Dustin Brown (not available elsewhere)..


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LA Kings winger and team captain Dustin Brown.
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LOS ANGELES — Just ahead of tonight’s Game 6 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the San Jose Sharks, who lead the series 3-2, the Los Angeles Kings, have not only made this playoff series a competitive one, but the pressure is all on the Sharks.

Despite that, the Kings are still just one game away from elimination, and they know that they have to keep doing what’s been working for them, and push forward from that.

“Getting off to a good start is key for us,” said winger and team captain Dustin Brown. “The desperation for both teams should be pretty high, so it’s a matter of matching it, and pushing it to the next level.”

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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
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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
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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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