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Long-suffering Kings now contenders

Updated: April 30, 2010, 4:46 PM ET
By Tom Murray | For ESPN Los Angeles

The scene is a subdued Los Angeles Kings locker room in Calgary on Thursday night. The team has just lost a bruising 2-1 battle to the Flames, and captain Dustin Brown is sitting in front of his locker, peeling off his sweaty gear and talking about why things are different for this team, this season.

He doesn't mention the 7-2-1 record in December they'll take into an eight-day Christmas break. And he doesn't bring up the team's 22 wins or its 47 points in 37 games. Or the fact that the ...

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