Doughty, Stoll on NHL scheduling, facing Pittsburgh
Jarret Stoll, on limiting Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh:
Drew Doughty, on trying to tie the team’s consecutive road wins record:
Yeah, it’d be cool to get. I don’t even think any of the guys know about that record because you just told me about it. That’d be great. It’d be amazing to be able to do that, but I like I said, the boys aren’t even thinking about that. We’re just here to get a win. We’re playing a very good team in the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’d be huge to get another one.
Doughty, on playing against Sidney Crosby:
He’s a great guy off the ice. He’s a great leader, obviously an unbelievable player, the best player in the league. So it’s not going to be an easy job for me tonight. It’s going to be tough. I’m going to have to shut him down, keep him off the score sheet. I don’t think too many teams have done that this year. So I have a big job ahead of me. [Reporter: What’s the plan to shut down and contain Rob Scuderi?] Just take the walls away because he won’t put it at the net.
Doughty, on facing Pittsburgh’s “firepower” up front:
That’s exactly what we’re expecting. We’re expecting them to come out hard. They’re going to pop a lot of goals. We don’t want to get into that goal scoring, chance, match with them because if any team challenges them that way, they’re going to win it. They have the firepower, the goal scoring abilities. We have to play our game. We have to play the physical, hard, good defensive game and that’s how we’re going to win tonight.
Doughty, on Philadelphia’s and Washington’s power plays serving as preparation:
Yeah, I think Philly and Washington have two of the best power plays in the league. And then you come here and they obviously have one of the best power plays in the league, too. It’s not going to be easy, but the best way you win that battle is to stay out of the box. Don’t take any dumb penalties. We don’t need any offensive zone penalties or retaliation penalties. We just need to play a hard, physical game and stay out of the box.
Doughty, on visiting Pittsburgh once a year with the new NHL schedule:
Yeah, I love the way the new schedule is. It kind of sucks when there are some cities you’ve only played in once, and I’ve been in the league for six years. It’s amazing to be able to come down to every city, play every team. In the East, they have a lot of these guys like Ovechkin, Crosby, Malkin and we don’t get to see them in the West. Everyone talks about them, so it’s fun to come here and have a challenge to play against them.
Jarret Stoll, on whether he’s happy with the new schedule:
Yeah, I think everybody is. It’s good to see different teams in their buildings and in ours, obviously. You see different players too and you want to play against different guys and in the Eastern Conference there is some good skill out here and some good individual players that are going to be great players in this league for a long time. You want to see everybody. I think most people would agree with that.
Stoll, on whether the team is satisfied with its game heading towards the playoffs:
I think so, I think you can always get better. You can always say that and it’s always the truth I think. It’s just that as team we’re winning games, we’re finding a way to win. We just want to keep doing that. Special teams can probably sharpen up, our power play, our penalty killing. Giving up too much on our penalty kill lately and our power play, if we can get that groove, that confidence to get momentum or score a goal, one of the two and stick with it game in and game out. Just get that consistency. We’re close, but like I said, you can always get better.