EL SEGUNDO (AP) — Drew Doughty had just played more than 39 minutes in a double-overtime playoff game, and he still couldn’t sleep on the Kings’ flight back to Los Angeles.
The Western Conference finals have ascended to a new level of tension after the Blackhawks dodged Los Angeles’ first attempt to eliminate them. Chicago trimmed its series deficit to 3-2 in an extra-time thriller in Game 5, while the Kings got a sleepless trip home.
Los Angeles gets another chance to advance in Game 6 tonight. While the Kings have been incredible in elimination games this spring, Doughty realizes they can’t sleep on the opportunity before them at Staples Center.
“We know we can’t let it go to a Game 7,” Doughty said. “No matter what, this game has to be ours. It’s so important for us to advance to the Stanley Cup Final that we win this game. If we give them this game, they’re going to have so much more life, and they’re going to be a different team. We need to take that and deal with it.”