Saturday night’s outdoor game at Levi’s Stadium featured a bevy of storylines, including a pair of milestones for two Los Angeles Kings players. The contest marked Jonathan Quick’s 200th NHL win, as he became the first goalie in Kings history to reach that number. And on defense, Drew Doughty played in his 500th NHL game, leapfrogging Lubomir Visnovsky for sixth overall on the team’s all-time games played list among blueliners.
Following the Kings 2-1 win over the Sharks, Doughty shared the following thoughts…
On playing in front of 70,000 people:
“It was pretty cool. It was a lot of fun. It’s a different kind of game obviously with the fans being so far away from you, but at the same time it was loud. We’ve never played in front of that many [people] before, so it was cool to see.”
On the ice conditions:
“It’s hard to play the normal game you’d play on regular ice just because of a lot of different bounces happen and it’s just not safe. Usually, if you’re trying to make a tough play you have a good chance of still being able to make it. If you’re trying to make a tough play on this ice and make it smooth, it’s just not going to happen. You just have to keep it simple, get pucks in, pucks out. You saw the goals, they weren’t nice goals. They’re just shots to the net that went in. That’s how you have to win these kind of games.”
On the Kings’ fourth line (Clifford-Shore-Nolan):
“They’ve been great for us. They’ve been good for a while now, not just tonight. Nolan has been playing great, putting some big pucks in the net for us. Cliffy has been doing his normal thing, got a huge goal tonight and fighting and hitting. Shore is great defensively; his play is so responsible and it’s huge for us.”
On what makes Marian Gaborik so dangerous:
“I think I’ve only played against Gabby one time in my whole career somehow, with injuries and stuff like that. But playing with him, he comes up with those big goals when we need him to. He’s obviously one of the best goal scorers on our team, right up there with Toffoli, and guys like Carts. It was a great goal for him today. It was huge for us.”
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