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Drew Doughty admits Kings want to spoil Sharks’ playoffs chances

Apr 4, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

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For all the criticism the NHL’s schedule receives, the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks’ home-and-home finale is a slice of brilliance. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty told’s Kevin Kurz that the team would like nothing more than to spoil San Jose’s seemingly solid playoff chances during this duo of duels.

“We definitely want to do whatever we can to knock them out of the playoff picture,” Doughty said. “We want third place, and that’s what we’re going to play for. These two games mean a lot, not only for third place but just being able to push a team like that out of the playoffs is a big momentum boost for us.”

As Doughty points out, spite isn’t necessarily the main fuel driving the Kings. Much like the Sharks, two regulation losses and two Dallas Stars wins could boot them out of the postseason altogether. Getting a point would safeguard Los Angeles from such a fate, yet Jonathan Quick wants the team to set its goals higher.

“We have to prepare for tomorrow and get ready to get two points. We can’t be satisfied with just getting one point and getting in, we want to keep moving up. We want to win the division, and get that home ice.”

The Sharks are the most home-dependent of the Pacific contenders, but there’s no doubt that all of the contenders could benefit greatly from winning the third seed. The biggest difference is that Los Angeles holds tiebreaker advantages over San Jose and Phoenix, meaning that it has the most control of the race – even beyond the potential to knock the hated Sharks out of the playoffs

  1. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Doughty should be more worried about his terrible season

  2. joelwrobinson - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    the kings think they’re a lot cooler than they really are

  3. skavenbrew - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    The Sharks haven’t exactly blown the hockey world away this year either. Lol

  4. barroomhero80 - Apr 5, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Hahahaha talk big tomorrow after the fin soups served chumps! GO KINGS GO!!!

  5. highlander24 - Apr 5, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Don’t want to ruin anything so I can’t say much yet. What I do see however is how interesting it is the way Sharks fans behave when their team isn’t waltzing into the number one spot in the Pacific Division for once! Am I sensing some nerves and tension among you?! Or is it fear? Riveting isn’t it? We’ll see what you have to say for yourselves after two with the current leaders and potential division champion Los Angeles Kings. Come on Kings! Spoil those fish! GO KINGS GO!

  6. joelwrobinson - Apr 5, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    2011 game 3 first round. sharks kings. enough said.

  7. oside760 - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    people from nor cal are stupid. go kings!

  8. sharkiesgirl - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Well of course they do. If the shoe was on the other foot we’d be saying the same thing. Duh. Slow hockey news day is it?

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