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L.A.'s world of hurt

Originally Published: August 18, 2004
By Tom Wheatley | Special to ESPN.com

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The Los Angeles Kings were the NHL's magic act. Somehow, despite an almost comically perverse injury epidemic, coach Andy Murray and general manager Dave Taylor kept the team in the playoff hunt for five months.

Attrition finally took its toll. The Kings missed the playoffs for the second year in a row, falling 10 points out of a playoff spot. But they still nearly reached the .500 mark at 28-29-16-9 in the parity stricken Western Conference.

This summer, the Kings -- ...

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