Peter Budaj

Familiar story with an unhappy ending for Kings

Familiar story with an unhappy ending for Kings

It was, in many ways, a sight familiar to Kings fans. A goaltender whose resume includes a Stanley Cup championship and a Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP stood tall at Staples Center on Thursday, repelling almost every shot he faced and remaining fiercely focused during the rare occasions he was pressured. 

The wrinkle is that the Cup-winning MVP in question was the Carolina Hurricanes’ Cam Ward, who enjoyed those successes in 2006. He made 21 saves in a 3-1 victory for the Hurricanes, their first win in Los Angeles in 11 years, but a span of only six games. The Kings’ 2012 Conn Smythe winner, Jonathan Quick, remains sidelined indefinitely because of a groin...

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