Kings will rebound to challenge for Stanley Cup again

Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews shakes hands with Kings forward Mike Richards after Game 5 of the...

Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews shakes hands with Kings forward Mike Richards after Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference final at the United Center in Chicago, June 8, 2013. (JIM YOUNG/Reuters)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:06 PM ET

CHICAGO - They'll be back.

(Now, say those words in your best Terminator voice for effect.)

The Los Angeles Kings have been vanquished from this year's Stanley Cup playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks, but don't expect the 2012 champions to drift away like some one-hit wonder.

The Kings are built to last for a few years yet. They may not return to the top of the hill because of the NHL's parity, but they'll be in the hunt when the 2013-14 season begins.

Talent dictates the Kings will remain a top club. The motivation from falling short of their goal to be the NHL's first repeat champs since Detroit did it in the late 1990s will push them, too.

"Sometimes you have to lose again to remember how hard it was to win," Kings winger Justin Williams said in the aftermath of Saturday's 4-3 double overtime defeat to the Blackhawks that ended the Western Conference final in five games. "We'll keep this bad feeling until we get another go at it."

You bet they will.


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