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Players huddle in prayer following the Kansas City Chiefs 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri -- the day after Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend at their home, then drove to the Chiefs' practice facility and took his own life. (Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Sports Year: Sad Sagas The Story Of 2012

Again and again, it seemed, the sports world in 2012 saw the end of long tales with tragic or, at best, bittersweet endings.

97.1 The Ticket–01/01/2013

The Kings' Jeff Carter celebrates his second-period goal during Los Angeles' 6-1 win over the Devils in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Kings won their first cup in their 45-year existence. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Nightmare End For Devils As Kings Earn Their Crown With Game 6 Rout

The Los Angeles Kings’ 45-year Stanley Cup quest ended in a triumphant flourish of blood, sweat and power-play goals. After missing two chances to claim the title last week, the long-suffering Kings are NHL champions for the first time.

06/12/2012

Members of the Los Angeles Kings surround the Stanley Cup during a group photo after the Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LA Kings Win First Stanley Cup In Franchise History

The Los Angeles Kings have completed one of the most improbable playoff runs in the NHL, beating the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to capture their first Stanley Cup in team history.

97.1 The Ticket–06/12/2012

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Never-Say-Die Devils Believing They Can Pull Off The (Nearly) Impossible

Winning Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals did more than keep the Devils alive. It gave them a sniff, a scent, a feeling. Call it momentum if you want.

06/08/2012

The Devils' Adam Henrique, right, celebrates after giving New Jersey a 2-1 third-period lead in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Los Angeles on June 6, 2012. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Devils Come Alive In 3rd, Force Kings Fans To Put Away The Brooms

Adam Henrique scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:29 to play, Martin Brodeur made 21 saves, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Wednesday night to avoid a sweep in the Stanley Cup finals.

06/07/2012

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What Pressure? Devils Rookie Henrique Continues To Dazzle On Big Stage

After Henrique scored the tiebreaker to win Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night, he became the first rookie to get three game-winning goals in one playoff year since 1999.

06/07/2012

The Kings’ Dwight King, left, puts a shot under the leg pad of Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur during the second period of Game 3 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 4, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Devils’ Stanley Cup Dreams All But Gone After Kings’ Game 3 Rout

The Los Angeles Kings are one win away from putting a Hollywood ending on one of the most spectacular playoff runs in NHL history.

06/05/2012

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Devils’ Kovalchuk: ‘We’ll Be A Desperate Team In Game 4′

Only three NHL teams have rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series, and just one – the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs – did it in the Stanley Cup finals.

06/05/2012

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Goodbye, Home-Ice Advantage: Devils Head To Game 2 In Early 1-0 Hole

The Devils had plenty of chances to score on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, but they cashed in only one in their 2-1 overtime loss Wednesday night.

05/31/2012

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Almost Lost For Season, Travis Zajac Helping Fuel Devils’ Run

Most of the talk about the Devils and their run to the Stanley Cup finals has focused on Martin Brodeur, Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Peter DeBoer. The guy who tends to get lost in all the talk is Travis Zajac.

05/29/2012

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