I’ll post various reactions to Nail Yakupov’s harmless goal celebration in a separate thread. Until then, here are Drew Doughty’s quotes from today’s morning skate.
On frustration over not having any goals, and that the team isn’t scoring timely goals:
“Yeah, kind of. Obviously myself, I’m pretty frustrated I don’t have a goal yet. But like I said, I just want to build on my defensive game, get better in that area, and then eventually when I get that first goal, more and more are just going to come. But that’s kind of the same for everyone. We need more timely goals. Even though we kind of didn’t show up until late in the third period there against Chicago, a goal on the power play in that last minute would’ve been huge, and that’s a goal we’ve seen from our team a lot over the last couple years. We know we’re not doing those things right now, and we’re determined to make them happen.”
On whether the team wants to “play angry” and the feasibility of doing so for 60 minutes:
“I don’t know if you want to ‘play angry,’ but you want to play determined and anxious, and you want to be prepared. We haven’t been prepared before. Even our Columbus game, we won 2-1 but we did not play well. We didn’t play very good at all. We should have had way more goals. We should have blown that team out of the water there, and we didn’t play well. We’ve got to look back at those things, and we’ve got to be determined. We’ve got to learn that we haven’t started our games off well. We’ve got to come out hard in that first 20 minutes, and that’s a key point.”