Drew Doughty, on whether the Kings play their best in critical situations:
Yeah, I think it brings the best out of all our players. Everyone steps up to the plate and we need that in order to be successful. We need to play four lines, all six D, both goalies if we need to and everyone step up at this point.
Doughty, on the feeling after losing in Florida but before winning eight straight:
I don’t really remember too much about it. When you lose games like that you kind of just put them behind you and kind of forget everything about them and move onto the next one. I think that’s kind of the approach we’re going to take with the way we finished that last road trip in Chicago. We’re just going to forget about that game. It’s a new game, we’re playing the Edmonton Oilers and it’s a must-win game for us and we’re going to be prepared.
Doughty, on whether the team realized how challenging their playoff push would be:
Yeah, I think we kind of knew that we’d put ourselves in a hole after the All-Star break kind of thing. We knew how hard it was going to be to get back into the playoffs, but we were pretty far out at one point and we got ourselves back in the race. Now, we just have to finish the job and finishing that job is going to take winning almost every single game, especially the jobs when we face those teams, but it’s one step at a time.
Doughty, on how the team has generated success against Edmonton:
I think a team like this, they’re mostly built with a lot of skilled players. Guys who are going to make nice passes, they have good hands, and they’re fast. They’re not really guys who get in the corners or are a hard on the forecheck kind-of-thing. So the way to beat them is to outplay them in the physical aspect. We’ve got to get pucks in deep on the forecheck, hit them hard. We can’t fall into the trap and play their style of game, which is a rush game. That’s how we’re going to beat them.