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Kings and Ducks take rivalry to higher level
Kings and Ducks take rivalry to higher level

They needed a way to combat and perhaps neutralize the Grim Reaper. The earliest days of the Kings-Ducks rivalry were not about good hockey teams. It was about the Kings sinking fast after reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 1993 and missing the playoffs the next season; about the expansion Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, hatched in the 1993-94 season, exceeding modest expectations, playing hard and fighting hard. Stu Grimson, now a broadcaster with Nashville and known as the "Grim Reaper" in his NHL days, remembered how the Kings responded to the physical presence of Anaheim. "L.A. didn't have an answer for that," Grimson said Friday from Nashville. "I remember...

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