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Higher standards: LA Kings focus on another Stanley Cup title after finishing off Blues

  • Los Angeles Kings' Drew Doughty, left, and goalie Jonathan Quick celebrate their team's 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Los Angeles, Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Associated Press

  • Los Angeles Kings' Mike Richards, left, and St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie fall to the ice during the third period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Los Angeles, Friday, May 10, 2013. The Kings won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Associated Press

  • The Los Angeles Kings celebrate their team's 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues after Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Los Angeles, Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Associated Press

  • Los Angeles Kings' Mike Richards, top right, collides with St. Louis Blues' Jaden Schwartz as they fight for the puck during the third period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Los Angeles, Friday, May 10, 2013. The Kings won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Associated Press

When the Los Angeles Kings stunned top-seeded Vancouver to win their first-round playoff series a year ago, they had to acknowledge the importance of their franchise's first postseason advancement in 11 years.

The Kings standards for celebration have risen a bit in the past year.

A day after Los Angeles earned its fourth straight one-goal victory to finish off the tough St. Louis Blues on Friday night, the defending Stanley Cup champions barely acknowledged the achievement.

The Kings already are imagining another long playoff run built around Jonathan Quick's goaltending, a sturdy defense and four talented lines.

Los Angeles is the first NHL champion to get out of the first round in three years, and the Kings are focused on becoming the NHL's first repeat Stanley Cup winner since 1998.