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Kings face obstacles in quest for back-to-back Stanley Cup championships
Kings face obstacles in quest for back-to-back Stanley Cup championships

Winning the Stanley Cup might be the most demanding task in professional sports, a glorious and grueling test played out over eight months and more than 100 games. Only when the ice has melted do teams disclose who was hobbling on a wounded knee or who was tethered to an IV between games. Lifting the Cup with aching arms above your bruised shoulders makes it all worthwhile. Winning the Cup twice in a row, though, is even tougher. The NHL — once a haven for dynasties built by Montreal, Edmonton and the New York Islanders — hasn't had a repeat champion since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. Since then, the NBA (Bulls, Lakers and Miami Heat), NFL (Denver and New...

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