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LA Kings taking early lumps in NHL title defense

Updated: February 16, 2013, 6:57 PM ET
Associated Press

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings' defense of their Stanley Cup title looks a whole lot like their championship season so far.

They just haven't got to the good part yet.

The club that turned a rocky regular season into the franchise's first championship last summer is off to another slow start. The Kings climbed out of last place in the Western Conference with a 2-1 win over NHL-worst Columbus on Friday night, winning consecutive games for just the second time this season.

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