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After classic West final, Kings-Rangers series could be even better
After classic West final, Kings-Rangers series could be even better

The Kings' seven-game victory over Chicago in the Western Conference finals was so thrilling and emotionally draining — and that's just to watch — it might have set a new standard for playoff excellence. Simply put, it was fabulous hockey. “That's what I've heard,” said Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin, who was too busy playing in it to fully appreciate its artistic merit. “It was good hockey to be a part of. It was a lot of fun. Good battles, a really skilled, hard team. To come out on top in that series was special.” As gripping as it was, as resourceful as the Kings were in winning their third Game 7 on the road in these playoffs...

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