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Kings must play at higher level to avoid a post-Christmas slump
Kings must play at higher level to avoid a post-Christmas slump

Dustin Brown doesn't recall that the Kings lost their last game before the Christmas break last season, a bit of history they repeated when they fell to Calgary on Monday. "It all blends together for players," the Kings' captain said Saturday morning, as the team reconvened after a four-day rest and prepared to face the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center. "I don't even remember stretches at the beginning of this year." It's probably just as well Brown forgot that pre-Christmas loss to Dallas last season, which triggered a five-game losing streak and offensive struggles that contributed to the Kings losing nine of 10 games from Jan. 18 through Feb....

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