Doughty, Stoll describe the team’s Game 7 focus
Drew Doughty, on whether the series has lived up to the hype:
Yeah, I think it’s been a good series. I think it’s been a great series. But it’s a series that we want to win looking back on this. Obviously for the fans we want it to be a great series, but we want to see LA Kings as champs too.
Doughty, on whether they are focusing on making Game 7 low scoring:
Yeah. It’s tough against this team to do that. We’re actually doing a pretty decent job of scoring goals right now, but we’re still giving up way too many. We need to be better on our PK. We need to be better in third periods of games, first periods of games. We know where we need to improve as a team and how to get back to our style of play. Bottom line, it just comes down to every single guy doing what we’re supposed to do and competing and out-competing every single one of their players too.
Jarret Stoll, on the team’s recent defensive play:
Just open ice, just coverage in open ice in the neutral zone and in our D-zone, just eliminating that. If we get on top of them quicker, we can be more physical on them. If your gaps are off you can’t be physical, you’re chasing the game and you’re on your heels. That’s how scoring chances happen too. It’s no secret that they’ve had some chances and some goals off of us not being tight, not being on the right side of the puck. It’s cost us a little bit. We’ll be a lot better tonight. [Reporter: Is that easier said than done against Patrick Kane?] Yes and no, he’s a very, very skilled player and a smart player too. We know what we have to do. We just have to go out and do it against him. And not only him, but their entire lineup. They’ve got a lot of guys over there that can hurt you. And so do we, we’ve got a lot of guys over here that can hurt them. So we’re just going to have to worry about ourselves. Worry about our game. It starts with our checking, starts with our defensive zone and starts with being on the right side of the puck. We’ll get our chances on the other end, we know that.
Stoll, on how this rivalry compares to St. Louis or San Jose:
It’s getting there, yeah for sure. When you play a team consecutive years in the playoffs – one, two three years, whatever it is – it’s going to happen.
Stoll, on whether this has been a “complete” series:
I think it’s two smart teams. You want to play within the whistles, between the whistles and not take any dumb penalties. That’s for sure. It’s been a hard series. It’s been a hard fought series. It’s been a great series and we hope to be on the right end of it at 10 o’clock tonight maybe, hopefully.