LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dean Lombardi was awake until dawn after the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup defense came to a crashing end in the Western Conference finals.
After talking with coach Darryl Sutter until 4:30 a.m., the Kings’ general manager decided he couldn’t fault his team for its effort or its tenacity in a difficult postseason run that ended one series early.
Lombardi also remained steadfast in his belief that the Kings can stay in annual Cup contention for quite a while.
“You can never condone losing, but I have to condone their sense of honor,” Lombardi said Sunday. “They didn’t quit. Fought through. They deserve to be commended for what they did accomplish, and they deserve to be commended for the fact that right now, they’re not satisfied.”