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Lombardi, Lamoriello share bond

Updated: May 30, 2012, 12:48 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- When the Los Angeles Kings were struggling earlier this season, Dean Lombardi's phone rang.

It was the familiar voice of Lou Lamoriello, just checking in with some encouraging words.

"And he's done it throughout my career," the Kings GM said Tuesday. "I don't know, it's like having a godfather. He sees you're going through a little thing and, boom, here comes the call. He says, 'I'm not going to tell you what to do, but just keep believing in yourself.' It's pretty ...

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