Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – After losing a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said they will not let a chance to reach the Stanley Cup finals slip in Game 7 Sunday at United Center.
“I’m frustrated, but I’m over it pretty quickly,” Doughty said. “I know we got another game to play, Game 7. We’ve had two chances to close out this series, and we’re not going to blow a third one.”
He was correct as L.A. topped Chicago 5-4 in overtime.
It marked the Kings’ third Game 7 this postseason after beating the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks on the road in Game 7 in the first two rounds.
“We’ve been in that spot a few times, and we know how to deal with it,” Doughty said. “We’re still a confident group. We know we lost tonight, but we’re over it already. We’re ready to move on and win a game in the United Center.”
One of the big reasons for the Blackhawks’ turnaround has been the play of Patrick Kane, who had four assists in Game 5 and two goals and an assist in Game 6. When Doughty was asked what the Kings had to do to stop Kane, he didn’t seem overly concerned.
“Last game he got four assists, but I didn’t even think he dominated the game,” Doughty said. “The stat sheet tells a different story than the actual game.”
After coming back from a 3-0 series deficit against San Jose in the conference quarterfinals and losing three straight to Anaheim in the semifinals, Doughty said the Kings were a confident group heading into Sunday’s Game 7 despite losing the past two games.
“We’re fine,” Doughty said. “We still feel we could have won this game tonight, and we know we can still beat this Chicago Blackhawks team. We also know it’s not going to be easy.”