June 4, 2014 10:06 pm

June 4 postgame quotes: Drew Doughty

On the team’s sluggish start:
Yeah, that’s not the way we want to start games. It kind of got us off on the wrong foot, too. It showed a lot of character to come back. We’re happy about that. We’re not happy about the start, but we’re happy we showed the confidence to come back and win the game still.

On whether his game has changed in the playoffs compared to the regular season:
No, Darryl lets me play no matter what the circumstances are. Just lets me go out there and do my thing I try to do the same things in the regular season. I try to jump in the offense, put points up. Sometimes it just doesn’t go that way. Happy it is right now, I guess.

On Justin Williams:
I’ve said this many times. Justin is the most underrated player on our team by a mile. He doesn’t get enough credit for what he does. There are two guys on this team that I want to give the puck to, and that’s him and Kopy. When they have the puck, plays happen. As a defenseman, you love to watch it. That gives you opportunities to jump in offensively, too. At the same time he works very, very hard at both ends of the ice, shows a lot of leadership.

On whether he plays better if he is angry:
Yeah, I think I do. When I get angry, I kind of turn it on. I try to throw my emotions in the right way. Sometimes I don’t. Yeah, it’s a bad turnover. I wasn’t happy with myself. I didn’t want to try to do too much to make up for it. I had to be a better player than I was on that play. [Justin Williams] made a great pass to me on my goal, lot of room in front of me. Luckily we squeezed one by Lundqvist.

On his reaction to being called for embellishment:
Yeah, I didn’t really control my emotions too well at that point. But, yeah, it’s just part of the game. Stuff happens by accident. It was just heat of the moment. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, stuff like that’s going to go down.

On getting the win despite not playing their best game:
Well, we won. I guess that’s the best thing about it. We have to definitely look over some of the things we did. We didn’t do a lot of things right, gave up opportunities, made Quick make big saves. We know they’re a fast team, get breakaways easily. We still allowed them to do that. Our complete game plan was to not give them those opportunities. Yeah, we have a lot to clean up, but happy with the win. Happy the guys never gave up and won the game in the end.

On whether the team didn’t have their legs going early in the game:
I don’t think it had anything to do with it. I think everyone was prepared. Everyone’s legs were there. Even though we played all those games, we’re in the Stanley Cup Final. You put that in the back of your head. You don’t pay attention to that, to your legs just being not there. We have to look at ourselves personally in the mirror, be prepared for the next game. You can only control what you yourself can do. I think a lot of us would like to take that back.

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