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Kyle Clifford plays a new role for Kings in opener — goal scorer
Kyle Clifford plays a new role for Kings in opener — goal scorer

Kyle Clifford spent part of Tuesday calming fears that a practice shot he fired hadn't rendered Kings goalie Jonathan Quick useless for the Stanley Cup Final. A night later, the Kings' forward eased the home crowd's concerns that Game 1 was slipping away. Clifford scored his first goal of this postseason, then delivered a secondary assist on Drew Doughty's tying goal in what became a 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Rangers at Staples Center. Of all the players who could've been the first to break through against Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Clifford was the best last choice. Clifford ended a 37-game playoff goal drought dating to April 23,...

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