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‘We’re not going to blow the third one,’ says Doughty of Game 7

May 31, 2014, 1:31 AM EDT

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The L.A. Kings can still advance to their second Stanley Cup Final in three years. But for a third consecutive series in these playoffs, it will require a Game 7.

The Kings fell 4-3 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night. A win, and they would’ve punched their ticket to face the New York Rangers in the championship series. Now, they must fly back to Chicago to take on the defending Stanley Cup champs on their home turf in the United Center.

Friday’s game was wildly entertaining, with skilled players making big plays at important times. The Kings fell behind after two periods, but quickly regained the lead in the third, only to have it slip away thanks to the play of Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who was also sensational in the final 20 minutes, despite the loss, was defiant about the situation his team now faces. Dating back to their historic first round series win over San Jose, all three Game 7s the Kings have found themselves in during this post-season have been on the road.

“I’m frustrated, but I’m over it pretty quickly. We’ve got another game to play, Game 7,” said Doughty, as per LA Kings Insider. “We’ve had two chances to close out this series and we’re not going to blow the third one.

“Yeah, it helps and I think this is a good thing for our hockey club. I don’t think we played enough desperate hockey these last two games and I think that’s kind of why we lost both of them. It’s about time that we get to that type of game that the LA Kings play.”

 

L.A.’s head coach Darryl Sutter didn’t have much to say to his team about Friday’s loss. Only this one-liner, typical Darryl Sutter style.

  1. atteckus - May 31, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    Yes you are going to blow it. You blew it tonight. This was your chance to seize the moment and take the road to the Chalice. And you failed. You have known all along that you would lose if you failed to keep the area in front of your own net clean. Instead, you allowed the Hawks to park in front of Quick and make him look like a sieve. Now you will go to their house and get a humiliating beatdown. Foot on throat, and fail. What a shame.

    • aldog83 - May 31, 2014 at 3:47 AM

      I hope the Hawks fell just like you.

      That its “In the Bag” in thier “Barn”

      Just like the Sharks and the Ducks..

      win or lose proud to be a Kings fan!

      GKG!!!

      • nyyrkj - May 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        Aldog you are a fan with class. Attwckus……blow your brains out.

      • no - May 31, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        take it easy man

      • aldog83 - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:07 AM

        Wow.

        Lotta Hawks Fans….

        OR Kings HATERS….

        Even sweeter now if Kings win game 7.

        Bring it on!

        Proud of LA!

        GKG!!!!

    • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      keep writing like this and you also will be linked to being a BLOMFELD alias !

      • aldog83 - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:56 AM

        You are right.

        I just do it so I can scroll down and find my post easier. But I noticed WordPress has notification next to username for posts and reactions.

        So I will try to structure more “normal?” post to this blog…

        Anyways, I was scared as hell to face hawks after last years 4-1 series loss. I am likely going to miss the game tomorrow. I have missed the last 2 game 7’s. Hawks should close at home now. But I will enjoy listening to KINGS fight till the end!

        Here’s to an LA vs. NY Final.

        GKG!!

        P.S, I had posted on one of the past blogs that TOEWS > KOPITAR. I am sorry to say that unless Kopitar can have a “signature” game and help Doughty and co. pull out another game 7,,,,,,nothing has changed. Let’s swing that arrow around KOPI… GKG!!!!!!!

  2. bills4 - May 31, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    I think the Kings can pull it out! How can you really bet against them. They’ve been against the ropes so many times and fought their way through so hell, why not one more time but it will be tough!

    • dadawg77 - May 31, 2014 at 6:47 AM

      True, but they are playing the defending Champs, team with better talent than those teams this time. Hopefully Game seven is epic showndown and as a Hawks fan, the boys from Chicago come out on top. But really either team can win it.

    • thesportsjudge - May 31, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      Up 3 games to 1, I wouldn’t say the Kings were “on the ropes” in this series.

    • Jackson Scofield - May 31, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      I agree that it is never smart to bet against the Kings… but you see, there is another team in this league for whom the exact same can be said.

  3. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 31, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Not so fast my friend. The Madhouse on Madison will be rocking, but the Kings need to play their game. They can’t go up and down the ice like they have the last couple of games. That plays right into the Hawks hands.

    • timmyp716 - May 31, 2014 at 3:31 AM

      The Kings played well in the Shark Tank and that was the loudest bunch of games I watched all year

      • timmyp716 - May 31, 2014 at 3:32 AM

        the last two games of the series

  4. buhbay1c - May 31, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    I don’t care who wins this series, but Blackhawks fan should be savoring every minute of this. Once the free agent dollars come a knockin, their elite D will be no more and Crawford will be exposed for the bastion of mediocrity he truly is. I give the Hawks credit, they drafted awesome, but it gets old watching the elite guys bail out that sieve every year.

    • no - May 31, 2014 at 5:52 AM

      cool

    • comeonnowguys - May 31, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      I have learned this much: Stan Bowman deserves every bit of slack you can give him.

    • hawksin5 - May 31, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      @buhbay elite D will be no more? oh you mean like duncan keith who is signed until 2023? hjalmarsson until 2020? you’re a moron. do some research….

    • tone360 - May 31, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      Good story bro… file it under fiction.

  5. charlieconway96 - May 31, 2014 at 3:40 AM

    I don’t know if my heart can physically withstand another game 7.

  6. dannymac17 - May 31, 2014 at 6:01 AM

    lot of questionable calls. kings didnt get it done. make your bed, you can sleep in it. no excuses.

  7. dannymac17 - May 31, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    Justin Williams. Im looking at you bud. thats all i got.

  8. puckluckpost - May 31, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    I’ve never seen anything like this before. The Kings start the playoffs with a 3 game losing streak, then win 6 in a row. They then drop 3 in a row again, only to bounce back to win 2 in a row to beat the Ducks. Now, against the Hawks, they drop the opener, and then win 3 in a row. Now they have lost 2 in a row. What will happen next? Will they bounce back and win their 3rd consecutive game 7 on road ice? Will they end the playoffs the way they started, with a 3 game losing streak? Either way, it’s a road that no team has traveled before.

    • 19to77 - May 31, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      They seem to have a thing for that. The Cup run was the only time in history an 8th seed has overcome all its opponents and actually won. Say what else you will about the Kings, they are not an easily predictable team in the postseason. One night they look like they’ve fallen apart, the next they look like the best contender left standing. Strange team.

      • puckluckpost - May 31, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        I totally agree. One night I’m watching and thinking they are unstoppable, and the next game they manage to lose. I do like watching them. living on the East coast, I don’t get a chance to see them play much.

  9. Idaslapter - May 31, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Please win Kings. No city needs more drunken Black Hawks fans stumbling into their arena with the tags still on their jerseys.

    • thesportsjudge - May 31, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      I doubt they still have the tags on from 2010.

      • Jackson Scofield - May 31, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        If you are going to make a bandwagon remark, please note that the Hawks led the league in attendance in 2008-09 as well and the team’s sellout streak goes back to the last three games of the 2007-08 season. So, before 2010.

        Oh, and would one expect a huge following for a team whose owner refused to televise the games? That is why they became non-existent in the market after the mid-90’s.

      • thesportsjudge - May 31, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        Actually I was just joking on the other comment. I respect Hawks fans for having had to go thru the entire “blackout” phase.

      • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        or 2012 ?? wah…wah…wah !

      • thesportsjudge - May 31, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        2012?

      • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        oops 2013! got too excited !

    • comeonnowguys - May 31, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      If you are going to bandwagon talk, at least keep it modern: Chinese knockoff jerseys.

      • lovac2 - May 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Hawks fans are smart. Why pay $200 to Betman for an overpriced jersey when you can get the similar thing for $30 elsewhere. Unlike some other people, hawks fans need to save their money for the Stanley cup finals tickets.

    • stixzidinia - May 31, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Kings fans shouldn’t be making “bandwagon” remarks. LA didn’t even know what a hockey puck was before 99 came south (most still don’t). I lived there for 20 years and I know these people well. Bruce McNall and numerous Kings players have said on camera many times that attendance was a huge issue before Gretz came to town. Then all the celebrities like Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn started showing up out of the blue and all of the sudden going to Kings games became a fashionable thing for people in LA to do. I’ll bet at least 90% of Kings fans don’t even know who McNall even is.

      • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        what do expect from ……………….

  10. slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    the last two times DOUGHTY made a statement it turned in the HAWKS favor. sure hope it continues ! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BLACKHAWKS !!

    • slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 12:11 PM

  11. slysipops - May 31, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    THE HAWKS fans ask the team ………….

  12. blackhawks2010 - May 31, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Slow down Doughty, you are playing the Champs, not the weaker ones you beat to get here. You couldn’t settle your business the past 2, Quick looks rattled and you are getting outcoached. Expect an Epic battle. Madhouse awaits

  13. jpat2424 - May 31, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Buhboy1=idiot

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