On the verge of Stanley Cup, Drew Doughty takes shot at Sharks
NESN – Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and his team are one game away from winning another Stanley Cup. That didn’t stop the outspoken blueliner from taking one more shot at a division rival. The Kings hold a 3-o series lead, and they will get their first shot to close out the series on Wednesday night against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Sharks have been on the other end of a 3-0 series deficit already this postseason.
The Kings stormed all the way back to beat the San Jose Sharks after dropping the first three games of the series. Doughty knows the importance of closing out the series quickly, but insists the Kings are in a better place than the Sharks were, and that starts with the top, an apparent jab at San Jose captain Joe Thornton.
“Once we won that first game of the San Jose series, we kind of had a feeling we were going to come back and win that series,” Doughty told reporters Wednesday, according to The Canadian Press. “And you could see it in their eyes and their team and their captains and leaders that they were worried about us coming back. So we don’t want to give these guys any life.”
OOOOOOOOOH Kill ’em, Drew!
It’s not out of context for him to bring up the 3-0 comeback on the footstep of winning a Cup in LA as the Rangers are about gassed and look like they are down for the count, but what a fortuitous time to drop the hammer on Jumbo. Quite frankly, it’s all true what he’s saying. The Sharks had the opportunity to hurry up and close out the Kings and didn’t, so as soon as that first win happened you could see the groan on his the collective faces of the team, not just Thornton. But if it hit home for anyone how devastating that momentum change was, it was Thornton because you knew that they needed that momentum to get that “is this year” feeling to creep in, but they could only do that by toppling the Kings of the Southland. That didn’t happen.
So yeah maybe Drew took a shot, but when you’re the best it’s just stating the obvious. The Sharks took they’re shot, hit, but didn’t kill ’em. So in effect, they missed.