Doughty: Game 7 familiar to Kings

Updated: May 31, 2014, 5:18 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings expected to be in the Stanley Cup finals by now after taking a 3-1 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks.

But after Friday's 4-3 loss there will be a Game 7 at the United Center on Sunday.

After missing an opportunity to eliminate Chicago the past two games, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said Los Angeles won't let it happen again.

"I'm frustrated, but I'm over it pretty quickly," Doughty said. "I know we got another game to play, Game 7. We've had two chances to close out this series, and we're not going to blow a third one."

This will be the Kings' third Game 7 this postseason after beating the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks on the road in Game 7 in the first two rounds.

"We've been in that spot a few times, and we know how to deal with it," Doughty said. "We're still a confident group. We know we lost tonight, but we're over it already. We're ready to move on and win a game in the United Center."

One of the big reasons for the Blackhawks' turnaround has been the play of Patrick Kane, who had four assists in Game 5 and two goals and an assist in Game 6. When Doughty was asked what the Kings had to do to stop Kane, he didn't seem overly concerned.

"Last game he got four assists, but I didn't even think he dominated the game," Doughty said. "The stat sheet tells a different story than the actual game."

After coming back from a 3-0 series deficit against San Jose in the conference quarterfinals and losing three straight to Anaheim in the semifinals, Doughty said the Kings were a confident group heading into Sunday's Game 7 despite losing the past two games.

"We're fine," Doughty said. "We still feel we could have won this game tonight, and we know we can still beat this Chicago Blackhawks team. We also know it's not going to be easy. They're going to have their best game in this Game 7, especially in their home rink. We just got to reset, fly over there tomorrow and just be ready to win a hockey game."

Arash Markazi

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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