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California collision: LA Kings, SJ Sharks have contrasting styles, but same playoff goals

Monday, 05.13.2013 / 6:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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California collision: LA Kings, SJ Sharks have contrasting styles, but same playoff goals

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Drew Doughty doesn't mind acknowledging the Los Angeles Kings would have enjoyed travelling to their next playoff series in a bus instead of a plane.

Although the Anaheim Ducks didn't show up for a post-season Freeway Faceoff, the defending Stanley Cup champions still have some awfully short trips in store when they meet the San Jose Sharks for the fourth all-California playoff series in NHL history.

And for the first time in 21 years, the Kings get to start a post-season series at home.

The Kings hope to continue their dominant run Tuesday night at Staples Center, where they've won 10 straight since March.

Los Angeles is amply wary of the Sharks, who are just one series away from their third Western Conference finals appearance in four years.

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