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Kings learned a lesson in desperation in loss to Wild on Monday
Kings learned a lesson in desperation in loss to Wild on Monday

Desperate Hockey Teams, Part II. The other entry in the three-way battle between Minnesota, Phoenix and Dallas for two wild-card playoff spots in the Western Conference, the Coyotes, visits the Kings on Wednesday night. It's no coincidence that Minnesota and Phoenix are the only teams to beat the Kings this season when the Kings led after two periods. They both did so in March with the Wild rallying for a 3-2 win Monday night. "It's hard but you just have to realize the desperation of teams," Kings center Mike Richards said. "Last night Minnesota came out and you could see right from the get-go they were flying around pretty good. "I don't know if...

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