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April 24, 2013 8:02 pm

April 24 postgame quotes: Drew Doughty

On whether it was a challenge playing a pair of desperate teams back to back:
“Yeah, it was. Before the game, we were prepared for that. We knew that they were both going to be playing desperate. Even though they were, we should’ve been doing the same thing. It should be a desperate situation to get that home ice advantage, because that’s huge just being able to play back at Staples and sleeping in your own beds and things like that. It’s a huge advantage. Even though they were playing desperate, we should have been to.”

On whether playing desperate teams in a row prepares L.A. well for the playoffs:
“Yeah, I think so. I think that last night especially was a poor effort. I thought tonight we were a little better. We still weren’t great, though. We need to get used to playing those type of games. We were good at themlast year, but it doesn’t make any difference because it’s a new season, new playoffs coming up. We need to step up our game and get back to focusing on the right things.”

On whether Brown’s suspension was “ overly harsh” and not having Brown on the ice:
“I don’t know. I saw the hit after, and it was a close one. I think it just kind of had to do with maybe some other close calls he’s had in the past. I think that was probably the biggest reason to why he got two games. But we definitely miss him. He’s our captain. He leads on and off the ice. He leads in the physical department always, and against a team like Detroit [that] really [isn’t] a physical team, he could’ve helped us a lot tonight.”

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