LOS ANGELES - There hasn't been much in the way of trash talk during the Stanley Cup Final, which is no surprise given the long tradition of hockey players being humble and cautious when it comes to speaking in public.
The closest thing the Kings' have to a player inclined to cockiness is defenseman Drew Doughty, who after the morning skate Friday before Game 5 had some mildly interesting thing to say, including this: "We want this so bad. We want to win this game more than them, there's no doubt about that.''
Here is a transcript of some of Doughty's pregame thoughts.
On the Kings first period troubles:
Thats definitely been our worst period so far in these playoffs, in this series anyway. We know they always have a lot of jump, they always have their legs right off the bat. So we need to get a goal early and take the life out of them.
Obviously you think about it. Its impossible not to. But really I just look at it as a one-game thing. Tonights a must-win game. Im just going out there trying to play my best hockey and as a team have everyone ready and I think if were all on the tops of our games and playing loose and playing with a lot of emotion, were going to win hockey games.
On whether he is prepared to say what he did before Game 7 against Chicago, that there is no way the Kings will lose:
I dont know if I can say that, but theres no way were going to play a bad game tonight, thats for sure. We are fully prepared for this game. We want this so bad. We want to win this game more than them, theres no doubt about that. The guys in this room care so much. They believe in each other and believe in our team. Its going to be a tough game but we just have to do what we came here to do, and thats win a hockey game, hopefully win it all.
You just have to get bodies in front of him. He played well last game but at the same time we didnt do enough to get to him. We didnt have bodies in front. He let out quite a few rebounds that we didnt jump on last game as well. So we know the things we have to do to get by him, and its just about doing them.
On teams mindset:
Were a good hockey team. When we play our L.A. Kings style of hockey were tough to beat. We let one slip away last game and were frustrated with ourselves. Thats going to cause us to have more emotion tonight, play with more urgency and if we do that I think we have a good chance to win.
On opportunity to win the Cup at home:
It would be great to win it at home. The fans deserve it, the city deserves it. It doesnt matter to us; we just want to win the thing. Whenever it happens it happens. But we need to get it done sooner than later. Even though you kind of forget about how many games weve played before, the more games we keep playing eventually it might catch up to us. That makes tonight even more of a must-win game.
Oh, no, were fine. Were completely fine. This is what we worked all summer for. This is what we worked all season for. We get days off in between games and thats awesome because our coach allows us to rest and regroup. Were fine. No matter what happens were going to continue to battle and continue to play the way we can. But still, tonight is the most important game and the only game that matters right now.
On playing with desperation, as in the three Game 7s theyve won on the road:
We know how good our team can play in seventh games, why not just pretend this is a Game 7 and play that desperate style of hockey?