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LA Kings look ahead after repeat dreams are dashed

Updated: June 9, 2013, 9:30 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Dean Lombardi was awake until dawn after the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup defense came to a crashing end in the Western Conference finals.

After talking with coach Darryl Sutter until 4:30 a.m., the Kings' general manager decided he couldn't fault his team for its effort or its tenacity in a difficult postseason run that ended one series early.

Lombardi also remained steadfast in his belief that the Kings can stay in annual Cup contention for quite a while.

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