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Kings’ Doughty says Game 6 ‘has to be ours’

May 29, 2014, 8:58 PM EST

After losing an instant-classic against the Chicago Blackhawks in double-overtime in Game 5, the Los Angeles face an unsettling proposition: lose in Game 6 and they’ll be in their third Game 7 of the 2014 postseason.

Technically, Friday’s contest is only a “must-win” for Chicago, yet you could sense Drew Doughty‘s urgency about closing things out tomorrow.

The 24-year-old defensive star was absolutely phenomenal in the Kings’ narrow loss on Wednesday. He logged 39:04 minutes of ice time, fired nine shots on goal and finished the night with a +2 rating. Still, his team fell short of earning what would have been a valued week-long rest, as the 2014 Stanley Cup Final will kick off next Wednesday regardless of when the conference finals end.

The Kings face a remarkably similar proposition to what the New York Rangers stare at tonight: one more loss and a 3-1 series lead dissolves into a 3-3 series tie with a Game 7 on the road.

It’s not as if Los Angeles totally flopped in its last attempt to close the Blackhawks out, yet that might make that 5-4 double-OT loss sting that much more.

It’s naturally easier to fight a little harder when your season is literally on the line, but Doughty seems to hope that the Kings come out with the same kind of urgency as their desperate opponents.

  1. edmonddantes21 - May 29, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Im sorry Doughty but you already gave them life by losing game 5. Also unfortunately for you the hawks will win game 6 and 7.

    • nelkow - May 29, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      I agree. Its too late now lol kings had their chance. Don’t get me wrong, kings are going to push the hawks to the brink in game six, but I think the hawks just have it now.

      • blomfeld - May 29, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        Listen up Edmonton and Nellycow …

        My name is Blomfeld and I love the LA Kings … yes sir ! … plus I’m a ‘personal’ friend of the man upstairs. Therefore the bottom line is that I can assure you clowns with extreme ‘high’ confidence that tomorrow night we Kings will ‘roll’ to victory, thus ending a 12 month long ‘injustice’ which we Kings have never forgotten ! You Blackhawks along with Oprah Winfrey make us ‘positively’ sick and so you will now pay for ‘that’ which you did to us last year !

        Oh Lord, may the Heels of Decency ‘forever’ be brought down upon those who are fraudulent …

  2. nelkow - May 29, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    I understand doughty’s comment, but the problem is the hawks got what they needed out of game five. Game six is the deciding game not game seven. lol hawks winning game six won’t give them more life, it’ll give them the series.

  3. suesawicki2000 - May 29, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    The Kings beat the Squawks 3 straight games, now they can finish them off at home in front of the best fans in hockey! GO KINGS GO! Just be the warriors you are and take it at home!!!!!!

    • nelkow - May 29, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      The kings also lost three straight games in the last two series so…

    • blomfeld - May 29, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      Person A: hey man, who’s this Sue Sawicki chick ?

      Person B: I’m not sure man, however she ‘definitely knows the deal ! :)

      ______________________________________________________

      Sue and friends …
      please know that we’ve got these people ‘exactly’ where we want them ! … yes sir ! … and tomorrow night at Staples is the ‘perfect’ place and time to settle our score with them once and for all … and we ‘will’ God willing ! :)

  4. eglsfan - May 29, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    @suesawicki2000 are you high?? the best fans in hockey?? lay off the dope there champ

    The Kings beat the Squawks 3 straight games, now they can finish them off at home in front of the best fans in hockey! GO KINGS GO! Just be the warriors you are and take it at home!!!!!!

    You get a free ticket upon buying a burrito out side Staples Ctr…..calm down turbo…..

    • jefsuz - May 29, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      Lol. Soooo funny. No one knows more about losing than an Eagles fan.
      This series is over. LA has and will continue to dominate the pipsqueak Hawks.
      Enjoy getting ur ***** kicked tomorrow!!

      • blomfeld - May 29, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        Well said Jesus !!!

        We Kings are going to kick the ‘absolute’ crap out of the Squawks tomorrow night and the punk Kane will be taught a lesson about humility in ‘no’ uncertain terms ! …

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TOMORROW IS OURS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • nelkow - May 29, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Yea and what if they don’t? You going to come on here and say that the kings will “dominate” game seven?

      • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 29, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        As a lifelong Laker – Raider fan living in Chicago, LA has never and will never be a Kings town. The ratings for Game 5 in LA were atrocious at a 3.0, which means it was seen in about 169,000 homes in the LA area. Great fans.

        Anyone who thinks the series is over is smoking dope. For my fellow Hawks fans who think “we now have the mojo back”, we were one goal away from tee times at Butler National. The Kings withstood the opening barrage, and were leading going into the 3rd. For you Kings fans who think playing at home is the cure all, may I remind you that you lost Game 3 in round 1 and Games 3 and 4 in round 2 at home. If Quick plays like he did last night and gives up that many juicy rebounds, there will be a Game 7.

        This series is far from over. As I’ve said before, whichever team can force their will and style of play for the longest and most consistent amount of time will win Game 6.

      • r8rbhawk - May 30, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        Dude, all this time I thought you had that username to troll my beloved Raiders, I didn’t realize you are a full-fledged member of the Raider Nation. The one and only true nation of fans. Anyway, we are in small company as you are the only other person who I know of that is both a Raider and Blackhawk fan. Don’t go there PHT commenters; we are not the same guy.

  5. dannymac17 - May 30, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    where did these delusional hawks fans come from?

    fact is, the Hawks cant win on the road. the numbers speak for themselves. kings got this.

    • r8rbhawk - May 30, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      I think a majority of Hawk fans understand LA is in the driver’s seat especially since they just need one win and the next game is in LA. Obviously we are holding out hope that our team can pull off the comeback, but it will not be easy against the Kings.

    • nelkow - May 30, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      Well the hawks have won on the road this postseason lol games that have mattered

    • twosquirrelsonetree - May 30, 2014 at 3:03 AM

      So they didn’t close out Minny on the road then, eh? And I guess they didn’t win one in St. Louis either, right?

      All they need is one. Sure looks like they found a way when needed in the last two series. I can only hope the Kings have the same attitude as you do, because if they do we’ll all be treated to a game 7.

  6. aldog83 - May 30, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Hope KINGS can close game 6 in LA.

    If they don’t……..

    I would take THIS Kings team over any other in the NHL..

    Game 7 on the road.

  7. classicdbrown - May 30, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    did hawks fans already forget what the kings did to the sharks? kings in 6.

  8. hrudey - May 30, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    It’s definitely the attitude the Kings need to have. They played well enough to win game 5 against most teams but the Blackhawks aren’t most teams. The fourth one is always the hardest.

  9. comeonnowguys - May 30, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    I never had a doubt against Detroit or St. Louis. The Hawks were going to win. And they did.

    This time is different. Of course the Hawks can win the series, but it is not inevitable like before. It is going to take everything they have.

    One period can change things. We saw that in Game 2. Was the overtime period one of those? We will see.

    But the Hawks are not the Ducks or Sharks. Just like the Kings are not the Wings or Blues.

    Given how the Hawks have played most of the series, I don’t expect them to win this one, but here’s to hoping!

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