Game 6 mindset - LA Kings Insider

Not surprisingly, there hasn’t been a lot of wisdom to soak in from Kings players and coaches over the past couple days. Everyone was upset after the Game5 loss and there isn’t much to say, heading into a potential season-ending game, expect the usual cliches about staying focused and playing a 60-minute game. The proof will be on the ice tonight, but here’s what Matt Greene, Dustin Brown, Sean O’Donnell and Terry Murray had to say about the team’s mindset going into tonight’s game…

GREENE: “Everybody knows the situation. It’s just business as usual. We’ve got to go out and win a game. That’s it. We’ve got to win to keep it going, and that’s all that’s on our mind.”

BROWN: “It’s a brand new game. We’ve got to just get ready and prepare for this game like it’s our last, which it could be. It really just comes down to leaving it all on the ice. … In a game like this, we have to get off to a good start. We have to put them back on their heels if we can. We’re expecting them to be ready. They have a chance to clinch, and that’s an exciting prospect for them, so we have to be ready from start to finish and we have to have a full 60.”

O’DONNELL: “Obviously we want to get off to a good start, and kind of erase Game 5 as quickly as we can, but it is a 60-minute game. Vancouver has showed that they’re a high-powered offensive team when they want to be, so we want to get off to a good start and continue that and play a 60-minute game and go back up and play Tuesday night in Vancouver.”

MURRAY: “The players’ job is to get themselves ready. That’s the responsibility, as a pro athlete. You’ve got to get yourself emotionally ready to play, and rested, and get your nutrition and come to the rink at the right time to get yourself ready to start the game. Whenever you get to the Stanley Cup playoffs, and you’re coming into a game like this one here, where you’re facing elimination, I don’t think there’s any need for any `Rocky’ video. It’s time for the players to step up. There are plenty of veterans in that locker room who have been through the wars and won a Stanley Cup. That’s part of it. The coaching staff, yeah, absolutely we have a responsibility there, but in the grand scheme of things, as a pro athlete, that’s your job, to get yourself ready to play your best game at that time.”

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Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
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