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The Kings' calm amid the playoff storm carried them to Stanley Cup
The Kings' calm amid the playoff storm carried them to Stanley Cup

It was April 22 and the Kings had just lost their first three playoff games against the San Jose Sharks, with their only consolation being that Game 3 had been close — a 4-3 overtime decision — instead of the blowouts they'd endured in the first two games of the first-round series. To put it mildly, the Kings' prospects of advancing did not look good at that point. "I don't know about a sense of shock. It's certainly not satisfying," center Anze Kopitar said after the Kings dropped into a playoff hole only three other NHL teams before them had escaped. "We've all won here and we know how it feels and we've been on the other end...

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