After a Stanley Cup championship run that stunned everybody but the players in the Los Angeles Kings' locker room, they've all returned to attempt the improbable again.
Really. They're all back in black - every player who touched the ice during that magical run to a long-suffering franchise's first NHL title.
"We all know this is a rare situation when you get the chance to try it again with the same team," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "We don't take it lightly, and we're going to use it to our advantage."
The Kings will raise their first championship banner in the Staples Center rafters Saturday before facing the Chicago Blackhawks.
Their fans are still on a high from last season, when the Kings took a 3-0 lead in all four playoff series, never played an elimination game, and only trailed for about 184 minutes in the entire postseason.
While their roster hasn't changed, their reputation will never be the same - but the Kings are confident they can handle the scrutiny in an abb...