Kings backup goalie Darcy Kuemper shines despite infrequent opportunities

EL SEGUNDO — Backup goaltender is not the most desirable job in the NHL. It can mean sitting for long periods of time, then being expected to perform well at a moment’s notice.

Darcy Kuemper of the Kings knows as well as anyone how tough it is to practice hard, then watch from the bench as Jonathan Quick plays.

Kuemper had not played in a month when he took the ice against San Jose on Monday afternoon at Staples Center. The Kings lost 4-1, but only three of the goals were charged to

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