Kings put success into perspective

Updated: December 17, 2009, 1:56 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

We've all seen that football player start celebrating a few yards from the goal line only to have a defender strip the ball from him and turn a sure score into a handful of nothing but shame and embarrassment.

The Los Angeles Kings are trying desperately not to be that football player. A team that started the season with the highest expectations since Wayne Gretzky rode into town in the fall of 1988 have, for the most part, met and exceeded those expectations. As of Thursday morning, ...

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