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Doughty moving past ‘awful’ start that led to ‘crappy loss’

May 29, 2014, 9:03 AM EDT

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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty had a strong performance on Wednesday while logging an incredible 39:04 minutes. It was made moot though by the Chicago Blackhawks, who managed to squeak by with a 5-4 double-overtime win to avoid being eliminated in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final.

“It was a crappy loss and I’m not happy about that obviously,” Doughty said, per LA Kings Insider. It was also a contest where the Kings were forced to play catch up after allowing two goals in the first 3:40 minutes.

“Yeah, for sure and the start we had was awful,” Doughty added. “Bad start and just losing in overtime, that stings a lot. Knowing we could have had it so many times. We had the lead going into the third, which you can’t ask for much more than that. To give up a goal like that so early into the third, was a little bit of a dagger.

“We had opportunities to win tonight, we just didn’t do the job.”

In particular, he pointed to the back-and-forth nature of this game where the team’s traded chances as problematic against the Blackhawks, given how successful they are at capitalizing on those opportunities.

The good news for the Kings is this was just take one of three. Game 6 will be at the Staples Center, so Doughty and his teammates will have an opportunity to get comfortable at home as they shake off this loss.

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  1. slysipops - May 29, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    GOOD GAME HAWKS !

    • dannymac17 - May 29, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      really? how bitter are people to thumb down good sportsmanship?

      • lowenni - May 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        Depending on whether or not he is, it’s not “sportsmanship” if he’s a Hawks fan.

      • comeonnowguys - May 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Spot on, Lowe.

    • dbreslow56 - May 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      Good game, Hawks, from a Kings fan. Let’s see if we can return the favor Friday night, though. Well fought game.

  2. r8rbhawk - May 29, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Did anyone else pick this up from Doughty’s quote “To give up a goal like that so early into the third, was a little bit of a Chelsea Dagger.” Well played Dewey.

  3. dbreslow56 - May 29, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Kings fan here. Obviously, I would’ve rather seen a different outcome but it was one heck of a game last night! It was like watching two heavyweights pounding each other. Great job to both teams. Not a cross word from me. This is the Clash of Titans before our eyes. I got a kick out of the NBCSN studio guys after the game. Basically, it was heaven help the ECF team that has to meet the winner of the WCF. I couldn’t agree more. Here’s to the Kings returning the favor Friday night! Go Kings!

  4. slysipops - May 29, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    to answer a question for some trolls who can’t figure things out for themselves…..YES i am a HAWKS fan ! of course you might not know that if you only came out of hiding after your team got a decisive lead ?? okay enough for you 4 people ! i hate to say this but DOUGHTY is definitely the best defenseman in this years playoffs ! could you imagine a team with DOUGHTY…..STUBPAN ( MONTREAL) …KEITH … AND HAMMER ( from the HAWKS ) all on it ? wow !

  5. paulerhythm - May 29, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Drew Doughty has really stood out in these playoffs. Why this guy is not mentioned as a Norris Trophy candidate is beyond me.

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