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Kings, Sharks prepared for California clash

Monday - 5/13/2013, 6:18pm  ET

St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie, center, tries to score against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, right, as he is defended by Los Angeles Kings' Rob Scuderi during the first period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Los Angeles, Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

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

Although the Anaheim Ducks didn't show up for a postseason 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 postseason 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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