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Kings fall to Sharks, 4-0, on banner night in Staples Center
Kings fall to Sharks, 4-0, on banner night in Staples Center

And so, the weaknesses of the Kings have been exposed to the world. Banner nights are not followed by banner days on the ice. Twice, their Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony has been followed by a sluggish pratfall in the season opener. This time, the San Jose Sharks beat them, 4-0, behind two goals from Tommy Wingels and two assists from Brent Burns. This quickly punctured the celebratory atmosphere in Staples Center on Wednesday night, quieting the building and sending many folks home early. Sharks goalie Antti Niemi faced 34 shots. Niemi was the subject of much criticism in the spring after the Kings' historic comeback in the first round of the playoffs, rallying from a...

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