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Carter not thinking about possible Stanley Cup and Olympic gold year

Jun 11, 2014, 1:30 AM EDT

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Jeff Carter stands on the verge of a very impressive championship season. Actually, so, too, does his teammate Drew Doughty.

Carter and Doughty have already won Olympic gold with Team Canada in Sochi. They’re both one victory away from a Stanley Cup with the L.A. Kings. They can achieve this feat Wednesday in Game 4 of the final series against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

But Carter, well, he says he’s not even thinking about that. The message from the Kings on Tuesday was that fourth win is the hardest to get.

“It’s not something I thought about, to be honest. We still got a long ways to go here,” Carter told reporters.

“We’re not looking ahead, we’re looking to tomorrow night. We know we’re going to have to be on top of our game, have to be ready.”

Carter has been a force in these playoffs, right now sitting second in NHL post-season overall scoring with 10 goals and 24 points. Doughty, the smooth-skating defenseman, has also been impressive, contributing offensively with 17 points. Wouldn’t you know it, they’re both in the conversation for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Carter might not be looking too far ahead, focusing on the game and the work left to be done. Doughty can’t wait for the moment to arrive.

“I can’t wait to get out there,” said Doughty. “It kind of sucks that the game is at 8:00, waiting around during the day. You just want to get out there. You don’t want to get overanxious at the same time.

“But it’s fun to play in these types of games. When the pressure’s at a high, you just want to go out there, play your best as a team, win games. Yeah, I just can’t wait to get out there, get warmups over there, drop the first puck.”

  1. blomfeld - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    “well, he says he’s not even thinking about that” …

    And you know why Tucker ? … because Jeff and the rest of us know that it’s now all in God’s hands …

    “blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; my loving kindness and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and He in whom I take refuge, who subdues my people under me” …

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:41 AM

    If memory serves, Ken Morrow of the amazing 1980 US team was the first to collect the coveted silver and gold combo in just a few months. I think this song is appropriate:

  3. kaptaanamerica - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    I think this video is appropriate…

  4. papajack1259 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    This team is a nice mix of home grown talent and trades assembled with just the right mix of experience youth and attitude well done LA

  5. islander75 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    as an islanders fan i obviously don’t sympathize with the rangers too much.

    but i kinda feel sorry for the rangers the way they lost their previous three games of this years stanley cup final edition. i mean except the 3rd in game 1 they’ve been (at least) pretty competitive to the kings.

    yes i would say they’ve impressed me quite a bit since they played a lot better than anyone had expected them to be against LA.

    and the hockey gods seem to be totally cheering for the kings…thus far. but you never know. what a story it would be the kings would end their season blowing a three games to none lead after rallying back from such a deficit in the first round 😉

    that being said: don’t like the rangers. and don’t like LA either. but as a hockeymaniac i wanna see as much hockey as possible, so rangers start winning tonight!

    • micklethepickle - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      I am happy to see the Rags get humiliated in the SCF by getting swept. Knocking out starting goalies in the ECF doesn’t exactly earn you a lot of good karma…

      • alliceishome - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        And the first round, let’s not forget

      • nhlfan14 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        So therefore the rags as people are calling them are getting what they deserve.

  6. islander75 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    have u noticed why kreider lost his edge and crashed into price eventually?

    it was the stick of a montrealplayer that was slashed against his legs. thats why he lost his edge and ended up in price’s net.

    • davidmessina63 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      Video evidence doesn’t matter in Montreal. If a Montreal player gets hurt the opposing player should be suspended or banned for life. If a Montreal player hurts another player then it’s a clean hit and a good hockey play. I thought Tokarski was better then Price myself.

  7. flyboystransport - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Of course carter isn’t thinking about that…..he’s thinking about how he can get traded to whatever team picks up Mike Richards once he gets bought out

  8. puckyou14 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    that would be hard not to think about. especially being up 3-0.

  9. nyrnashty - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    This used to be special when NHL players weren’t allowed to play in Olympics, now it’s normal. Someone say like Ken Morrow’s is alot more special due to chance.

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