Doughty says if Kings pull their socks up, they’ll win series

Drew Doughty LA Kings practice MayorsManorDrew Doughty is well aware that if the Kings have a shot at upsetting the Canucks, they need him to play like the all-world defenseman he was two years ago. Back then, he was more synonymous with winning a gold medal for Team Canada and being a Norris Trophy finalist than he was for having a prolonged contract negotiation.

Any sort of return to his previous form though will most likely involve having Doughty on the ice and not in the penalty box. During that glory year, he had 54 penalty minutes, a number slightly below the 68 and 69 minutes he’s incurred each of the last two years. And staying disciplined in this series will mean avoiding one particular Canuck too – Alex Burrows.

“The last few years when we’ve played them, I know he’s made me take a couple of dumb penalties,” said Doughty earlier today. “That’s kind of what he’s out there to do. He wants to take me off the ice. This series, I’m not going to let him affect me. I’m just going to play my game and use that motivation to play my best.”

Another form of motivation will likely come from his hatred of the Canucks. Just a few weeks ago, Doughty told MayorsManor that on a scale of 1-10, he hates the Canucks a ’10.’

Even so, he says you have to look at a mix of how the Kings have played over the 10 games and their regular season record against the Canucks when sizing up the series.

“We played a lot better hockey over the last 10 games and we gained some momentum. Now, we just have to use that and pull it into the playoffs with us. We have to be the hardest working team out there, use our identity, dump pucks in, make a lot of hits and make it a tough game for them.”

Although the personnel has slightly changed for both teams since their last playoff series, Doughty still saw a few things worth noting.

“We could have beat them,” he said. “We were right there with them and we were up 2-1 at one point. Everyone in here believes that we can win this series. There’s no doubt, even though they’re the first place team. We match up well against them. We know their strengths and their weaknesses. I definitely think there’s no reason why we’re not going to beat them.”

A large part of his confidence comes from the guy behind him, rather than the opponents in front of him…

“Quickie (Jonathan Quick) has been unbelievable all season. He’s won us many, many games,” said Doughty. “He’s great and he makes the big saves at the big time. He doesn’t let in any soft goals or anything like that. He’s been our best player all year and going into the playoffs I’m sure he’s going to be the exact same way. Now, the rest of us need to pull up our socks and be just as good as him.”

RELATED ARTICLES:

POLL: Who wins the first round series – Kings or Canucks?

LA Kings season high/low with Kopitar, Stoll, Williams, etc.

LA Kings season high/low with Drew Doughty

LA Kings season high/low with Davis Drewiske

Recent Articles

kings_glowing_logo

What do the Kings need most right now?

With the NHL Trade Deadline done and over with, it’s time for a quick temperature check. Going into the final 20 games of the regular season, which player (or group of players) will coach Darryl Sutter need the greatest improvement from over the next six weeks? Rather than list out a player’s stats over the […]

Bartosak by Rich Tilton

AHL: Patrik Bartosak’s Guide To Being A Better Driver

If you have followed Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak on Twitter for any amount of time, you have probably already realized that the Czech native is not a big fan of other drivers (note: If you have a Twitter account, Bartosak is a must follow). After signing an entry level contract with Los Angeles near the […]

Shore Nick Kings NHL hockey

Shore Sent Down (Sort of), Richards Status, and Deadline Update

As pretty much expected if you read this article here, the Kings did not make any additional deals before today’s NHL Trade Deadline. However, they did make a roster move, sending 22-year-old center Nick Shore to Manchester. Now, before you go jumping to conclusions, it was what they call a paper transaction and is very […]

Major News Items

Kings Top 10 Prospects MayorsManor

LA Kings 2014-15 Midseason Prospect Rankings: The Top 5

Finally, the wait is over. With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we are now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Trackbacks

  1. […] Doughty says if Kings pull their socks up, they’ll win the series […]

  2. […] to the Canucks-Kings series getting underway last week, Drew Doughty stopped by MayorsManor and told us that he wasn’t going to let Vancouver’s Alex Burrows get under his skin […]