January 2 postgame quotes: Drew Doughty
On the game:
There’s not really much to say about tonight’s game other than we played bad and we need to turn it around. I think maybe we’re down on ourselves and we can’t be. We need to pick ourselves up, we need to get that confidence back. When our team is playing with confidence throughout the whole lineup we’re an amazing team and we have to remember that. We’re playing like we’re scared out there. Like we’re scared to try things, that we’re scared to do the right things and that’s why we’re losing and that’s why we got smoked tonight.
On taking penalties:
We’re taking way too many penalties, that’s for sure. I think before tonight’s game we had like 17 penalties in our last four losses or something crazy like that. Tonight, I don’t even know how many we had again. They definitely got two really lucky bounces on their power play goals, but if we’re not in that situation in the first place they don’t happen. Can’t feel sorry for ourselves if they’re lucky goals, but we just have to stay out of the box and our PK does a good job.
On what is causing the team to take penalties:
Usually if you’re taking penalties, you’re out of position or someone made a mistake before that person had to take that penalty. It’s all on us. It’s not the refs. It’s not the way we’re coached, the way we’re taught. It’s us. We’re not being fast enough. We’re not ready for the situation that is coming towards us and if you’re out of position you’re taking that penalty. And all of us have done it, so we need to take that out of our game.
On the power play:
If we score on that 5-on-3, we’re right back in the game. I think it’d be 3-1 at that point. So the power play needs to capitalize, that’s for sure. And then after the power plays the game we got later, the game was kind of out of hand by then. But our power play needs to step up. Our best players are on the power play and they need to lead the way and that starts with scoring one in key situations.
On his leg-on-leg collision with Vladimir Sobotka:
I’m fine. I’m all right.