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David Krejci

White House visit might help Kings mentally move forward

Shaved, shorn and suavely suited, Kings players and staffers gathered onstage in the White House East room Monday and smiled politely as President Obama joked how unfortunate it was that they had defeated his hometown Chicago Blackhawks on the way to winning the Stanley Cup last spring.

Obama quipped about forward Jeff Carter's gap-toothed "hockey smile," the supposed absence of ice in Los Angeles, and Kings Coach Darryl Sutter's gruff manner with the media. "I've tried the one-liners, by the way, with the press," the president said, "and it never seems to work."

He also praised the sustained...