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QUEST FOR THE CROWN
MICHAEL FARBER
June 04, 2012
The hapless Kings have rarely risen above second-banana status in L.A., but closing in on their first title, they have a chance to rewrite history
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June 04, 2012

Quest For The Crown

The hapless Kings have rarely risen above second-banana status in L.A., but closing in on their first title, they have a chance to rewrite history

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This is what can happen if you get your hands on a 35-pound silver trophy: Early Kings heroes like Dionne and goalie Rogie Vachon, those purple pros, can again be lionized with purple prose. McNall becomes the man who reshaped NHL geography by bringing Gretzky to Los Angeles, not a felon who played fast and loose with other people's money. McSorley is the player who had a commanding 1993 playoffs—"Without Marty, we don't get past Toronto," Gretzky says—and not a hubristic tough guy who neglected to ditch his illegal stick in the third period of a one-goal game.

"Maybe," Jiggs McDonald says, "the Inglewood High School band could even lead the Stanley Cup parade."

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