Well, the tide has turned. After not losing a game when entering the third period with a lead since 2009, the Kings have now managed to do it in back-to-back games this week.
Following last night’s overtime loss in Edmonton, Drew Doughty laid it all out there…
– On the overall game: “Special teams was the difference – 5-on-5, PK was great, goaltending was amazing. But on the power play we just didn’t capitalize and we got some chances, but that’s not good enough – we need to score, and that’s the bottom line.”
On closing out games with a lead: “I think it’s kind of unlucky, a guy comes and crosschecks me from behind. That’s 100% a penalty. But because they’re down a man and down a goal, they’re usually not going to call it. That could have changed the game right there. We have to learn to finish it out even though they scored with only four seconds left and it was kind of hard goal to defend because he knocked it out of the air. Still, if we get that one puck down the ice, that kills that forecheck. So, it’s definitely something we’ve failed on the last two games and something we need to work on.”
On the team’s mood after starting the season without a win in three games: “I know everyone right now is pretty down and pretty disappointed with this loss. We did get one point, which is a start. But we should have won that game and we’re not happy with ourselves. In such a short season every game is so important. Going into the next one, no if-ands-or-buts we gotta win that game. Right now we’re way out of a playoff spot and we want to be in one for the rest of the season.”
Regarding when fans were throwing debris on the ice, Doughty reported that nacho cheese landed on his shoulder. No word if he ate it though.
You can watch the full interview here.
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