Doughty on Kings fans, Selanne, Richards and Game 1 OT

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Our laps around the Kings locker room following their 3-2 overtime win in Anaheim continue. We’ve already heard from Marian Gaborik, Matt Greene, Alec Martinez, Jonathan Quick, Darryl Sutter and others. Now let’s check in with defenseman Drew Doughty and see what he thinks…

Doughty on Kings fans saying “Drew” whenever he had the puck:

“I’m pretty sure it was a boo. Unless there were that many Kings fans. [Reporter: ‘It was ‘Drew.’] Really? I like that. Lot of Kings fans, I guess, then. That was awesome.”

On the first ever playoff game against the Ducks:

“It was good. I don’t think both teams really showed their true colors until the third and overtime period. The first two periods were a little sloppy, both teams weren’t on their game. I think going into next game, it’s going to be a completely different game. It’s going to be a bigger battle. There’s going to be a lot of bumps and bruises after that one.”

On if not having time off between series affected their play:

“Well maybe the first two periods, I didn’t think we played well, like I said. Maybe it was the tired factor. I don’t think it was, though. We had a day off. Even though you’d like to have a couple of games off between series, we didn’t have it. We had no time to think, just get right back at it and get out there and use the momentum from the last series.”

On Teemu Selanne’s goal

“That was a good goal. Maroon had the puck and I thought Greener actually played a really good one-on-one. He took away Maroon and the puck just kind of squirted to Selanne. It was kind of a lucky bounce, really. Selanne just did the work from there. He’s a legend in this league for a reason. He’s a very good player, very well respected. He’s a guy we have to pay special attention to and a guy we have to play hard on, even though he has that stature.”

On Selanne’s age:

“He’s old, but he’s good. He’s really good. He doesn’t seem like he’s the age he is, especially when you see how fast he skates. You think you have a good gap on him, next thing you know he’s by you. To be doing that at this age tells you how special of a player he is.”

On Mike Richards:

“He made a big play on that tying goal tonight. That was all him. He got the puck, the first one got blocked, he didn’t give up on it. He got the next one, got it to the net again and they scored. So, no I don’t think he needs that at all.”

On if he felt any historical vibe from the game:

“Not really, not early on. It kind of took a little bit to get going. The atmosphere in the crowd was pretty good though tonight. It was the loudest I’ve heard this arena. I think a lot of that had to do with the Kings fans here, so that was good. This is huge for California but I think all the players in here- as much as we know about it we’re just focused on winning games and that’s all that matters to us.”

On if he thinks the Kings were outplayed:

“I don’t really think they outplayed us at all, to be honest. I thought it was really back and forth. One team had their chances, the other team had their chances. I wasn’t like Quickie had to stand on his head tonight like he has in some other games. I think both teams didn’t play their best games, and I expect to see better from both next game.”

On having a lot of ice time once Robyn Regehr went out:

“Yeah, I loved it. I thought I didn’t play too well at the start of the game. I was making turnovers, the ice was bad, I could not handle the puck out there. Once Reg went down, I kind of just took it upon myself to refocus, forget about all that happened, and get back to my game. I thought I played really well third and overtime period.”

More post-game comments from the Kings and Ducks can be viewed at the links below.

KINGS-DUCKS PLAYOFF COVERAGE:

Game 1: Gaborik, Quick, Sutter talk Kings OT win in Anaheim

Game 1: First batch of Ducks quotes after Kings OT win

Teemu Selanne talks nothing but respect for Kings prior to Game 1

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