Kings after deadline: Drew Doughty piles up the minutes, Sedins silenced
Some leftover notes and quotes from the Kings’ 3-2 overtime victory over Vancouver on Saturday, which tied the teams’ playoff series at 1-1:
This was the seventh straight game in which the Kings went beyond regulation time. The youth that was supposed to be a disadvantage for them might be an asset if they keep this up.
“There is no talk about endurance of series right now,” Coach Terry Murray said. “You don't allow yourself to think that way. If you are tired, go home and go to bed. This is the Stanley Cup playoffs.”
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty played a career-high 32 minutes 56 seconds and enjoyed another victory in the same building in which he won the Olympic gold medal with Team Canada on Feb. 28. The 20-year-old defenseman assisted on Anze Kopitar’s winning goal Saturday and was +1 defensively.
He didn’t seem tired afterward, taking time to answer dozens of questions from the overwhelmingly Canadian media and to praise teammate Jonathan Quick for shaking off a soft goal by Mikael Samuelsson and stopping the Canucks’ last 22 shots after they’d scored twice on their first four shots.
“He made up right before that. He made an unbelievable save right before that that not too many goalies in the league are going to save,” Doughty said, referring to Quick’s acrobatics during a brief period when the Canucks were pressing.
“So we’ll let him let that kind of sneaky one go in. He bounced back and played unbelievable.”
Four of the Kings’ five goals in this series have been generated by their power play, two on Thursday in their 3-2 overtime loss in Game 1 and two on Saturday.
"We’ve been working on it a lot,” Doughty said. “Throughout the season it’s been up and down but it was pretty good overall and in this postseason it’s been huge for us.”
Canucks forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin, who had a hand in all three of Vancouver’s goals Thursday, were held off the score sheet on Saturday. Henrik, the NHL scoring champion, had two shots and was -1 defensively. Daniel had four shots and also was -1. The Kings tried to get Doughty and defense partner Rob Scuderi on the ice against the Sedins as much as possible and will likely do that again at home when they have the last line change.
“They’re two of the most dominant players in the league and especially in this series,” Doughty said. “We’re doing everything we can to match up lines and stuff like that and we did a good job tonight.”
Dustin Brown, who was credited with no hits in Game 1, tied Wayne Simmonds for the Kings' team lead with four hits in Game 2. ... Home teams are 7-8 in the playoffs around the league.
Planes and Buses
The Kings flew back to Los Angeles after the game and were scheduled to practice at 4 p.m. at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. It’s more likely they’ll hold some meetings and only the extra players will skate.
The Canucks canceled their scheduled Sunday practice and will fly south in the afternoon.
--Helene Elliott, reporting from Vancouver, Canada
Photo: Kings center Anze Kopitar circles behind the net looking for a scoring opportunity against Vancouver on Saturday night. Credit: Rich Lam / Getty Images