April 13 postgame quotes: Drew Doughty - LA Kings Insider

On what has been working for him personally:
“I feel good. For a little bit there, I was taken off the first PP unit. I think Darryl was kind of trying to teach me a little bit of a lesson that it just doesn’t come. You’ve got to do something to have a privilege to be on the power play unit. Obviously I was frustrated at the time that I wasn’t on it, so when he finally gave me my chance, I think I made a pretty good opportunity of it, and that’s where you get your points as a defenseman – on the power play.”

On the addition of Robyn Regehr and how it has affected his own play:
“He’s solid defensively. He’s always going to be back there for me. Throughout the season I’ve played pretty much with everyone, and for the most part, besides Scuds, all the other guys are kind of more offensive guys. So I’ve kind of had to take on that role as more of a defensive guy. But now that Robyn’s my partner and here with the Kings, I can kind of take more chances offensively.”

On what has led to his own personal success against Anaheim:
“I don’t know. They sit back in the neutral zone, which for a player like me, I can pick up my speed down in our zone and in the neutral zone – kind of because they’re flat footed sitting back – I can make moves around them and join the rush or get my shots through from the point. So I think that’s the probably the big reason [for] my success against them.”

On whether he has any extra motivation against Anaheim:
“No, I don’t think so. Everyone kind of wants to make that big rivalry against the Ducks. There definitely is one, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary.”

On whether the teams were playing “close to the vest” for the first two periods:
“Yeah, I thought the first two periods there weren’t very many shots on net. I don’t even think there were all game. But both teams were playing solid defensively. I know us, personally, we weren’t hitting the net very often, which was a big reason why we weren’t creating chances. But teams were checking hard, playing well defensively and making sure they weren’t making any mistakes and turnovers, and when two teams are doing that to the best of their ability, it’s hard to create.”

On the energy provided by the fourth line:
“Yeah, we love that. Those guys only play maybe six, seven minutes a game, and when they go out there, they’re always the three hardest-working guys on the team no matter what. They get out there, they bang bodies, they are skating as hard as they can in on the forecheck, and when they get their chances…that just gives us momentum and all the guys on the team, we appreciate them going out there and just battling for us.”

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