Doughty explains what the Kings need to do in Game 6

MayorsManor LA Kings Doughty Blue JaysComments from Kings defenseman Drew Doughty at the team’s training facility on Thursday…

On if it’s easy to forget last night’s loss, knowing the Kings played well:

“Yes. We have to forget about it. We’re here to win this series and we’re back here at home at Staples Center, in front of our home fans. Even though we lost last night, we had a lot of opportunities to win. We just have to forget about it. We’re fine. We just have to come out early and come out better in the third period.”

On the plane ride home after playing nearly 40 minutes in Game 5:

“I actually didn’t even sleep on the plane, surprisingly. I felt good out there. I want to play a lot of minutes like that, especially in those types of situations, going into OT. I think adrenaline just kicks in, you don’t get tired. I wish I could have done more to help us win.”

On how he feels this morning:

“I feel good. They gave us the day off [from skating]. We’ll just do some stuff in the gym – get on the bike, whatever you need to do. It’s good.”

On what adjustments the Kings need to make:

“I think we let some of their top guys off the hook – guys like Kane, and Saad, and Sharp, guys like that. They switched the lines up, but that doesn’t affect us. We still need to play harder on their top guys. If we’re giving Kane space out there to make plays, weave around and do his thing, he’s going to make us hurt. And he did last night. We know what we have to do better – be better against those top guys and take them out of the game.”

On if they can feel momentum in a series, and does Chicago have it now:

“Maybe they’re feeling that, but we’re not going to allow that to happen. We’re still confident in here. We know we could have won that game last night, no problem. We just had a bad start. We’re back home at Staples now and we’re not going to allow them to take the crowd out of it. We’re not going to allow them to get the early start. It’s going to be the other way around this time.”

On the overall play in Game 5:

“It was a good game. I thought the game got better as it went on, maybe a little sloppy at the beginning. I think our team didn’t show our best game, that’s for sure. We still could have won. That’s the bright side of that. For a Western Conference Final game, I thought we put on a pretty good show.”

On the first overtime needing only 26 minutes of real time to complete:

“It felt fast. It’s kind of nice without those timeouts. Sometimes timeouts just throw a rut into momentum. Sometimes you’re supposed out and it gets switched around. It felt good, the pace was fast. The whistles were quick. It was fun. It was a lot of fun to play. A better outcome would have been better, a little nicer.”

On having home-ice advantage after getting the spilt in the first two games and how will than impact the plan for Game 6:

“We know we can’t let it go to Game 7. They’re a good team in their home arena. They feed off their fans. It’s a tough arena to play in. We need to win tomorrow. No matter what, this game has to be ours. For us to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, it’s so important that we win this game. If we give them this game, they’re going to have so much more life and they’re going to be a different team. We need to take that energy away from them.”

On if the Kings had better chances than the Hawks in OT:

“I thought we were trading back and forth. I don’t know if we had better chances or not. When you’re playing a team like the Chicago Blackhawks, you can’t be trading chances like that. If we give them the rush game and we’re playing it back to them, they’re going to beat us that way. We need to get back to LA Kings style hockey – check them hard, get the puck in, and cycle it that way.”

On identifying with the Blackhawks as a team similar to the Kings:

“We know how good of a team they are. We know they know how to win. We also know they took our Cup back from us last year. Now it’s our turn. We want to eliminate this team. They eliminated us last year. It’s our turn to return the favor.”

On Game 6 tomorrow night:

“Every second counts. If you take just one shift off, it can hurt you. We saw that happen a couple of times last night. We know what it takes. We have our leaders who can lead the way in that department. I think they’ve been doing a good job. We just need everyone to follow and play our style of game.”

On what they do to offset the fatigue factor:

“I don’t think we’re tired. Maybe our legs tired after a game or something like that, but the next day is a new day. Adrenaline kicks in. You’re heart doesn’t get tired and that’s what we feed off of, energy from that and just playing with a will to win.”

On if they want to cut down on chances against:

“We don’t want that many chances against, but we’re giving up way too many goals. That’s not our… we don’t give up goals like that. We’re a team that plays very good defensive hockey. When we’re trading chances against Chicago, like I said, we’re not going to win that battle. They have more goal scorers and a more of talented offense as a whole. We have to play our style of game in order to win.”

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