May 10 morning skate quotes: Brown, Doughty
Dustin Brown, on the match-up against Anaheim’s top line:
We still have to limit their opportunities. Granted, some of their best opportunities have come on the power play. That’s just a result of them being the players that they are. They’re going to get opportunities on the power play, but I think we can be harder on Getzlaf especially. Just trying to get a body on him is difficult because he’s a very smart player and he moves the puck well, but we have to find a way to make it harder for him.
Drew Doughty, on being able to see trends in the team’s game in the playoffs:
Yeah, I think we all see it. Obviously at the start of the first series, the first two games especially, were not the way we can play. We started to get better in the third game, but still lost that one. The four remaining games after that, I thought that’s when we were at our best. That’s when we were playing the way LA Kings can really play. In this series, I don’t think we’ve played even close to our best hockey yet. We scored big goals at big times and won games because of that, but we haven’t played very well.
Doughty, on what can be improved on from Game 3:
It just felt like we should have had the puck more. We didn’t create any chances. Our defense in the last couple games had like no shots on goal. When your D are getting no shots on goal, that usually means you’re not getting much offensive zonetime because that’s where the D produce shots from. We’re not doing a good job with that. I think we can do a better job at taking away some of their D’s speed. Their team is running our guys as much as possible, our defense. I think it’d be good to get on their top guys like Fowler, Vatanen, and take it to them.
Doughty, on the importance of getting the first goal of the game at home:
It’s not even so much the first goal. Yeah the first goal is important, but if we go into another team’s rink and they score that first goal on us, I’m like ‘Ok whatever, get over it.’ Let’s get the next one kind of thing. If a team comes out and they’re just dumping the puck in and forechecking you and hitting you hard and it seems like every shift there is 10 of their guys on the ice, that’s when it gets frustrating. So that’s the kind of direction we’re going for. Making it hard for the other team, making other teams not want to play against us in that first period. We haven’t done that yet this whole season, so tonight would be a good time to start.