The Kings rebounded from a poor start to their recently-completed three-game trip to win two in a row heading into Saturday’s home date with the Colorado Avalanche. So, what changed after the Kings’ fell behind the Chicago Blackhawks by three goals en route to a 3-2 loss last Sunday? Nothing and everything, according to Drew Doughty.
“I don’t think there’s anything different,” the Kings’ defenseman said Friday. “It’s just everyone realizing we can’t just go through the motions. We’re not going to win that way. We’re going to have to work at it. Just because we were a good team in the playoffs last year doesn’t mean things are going to come easily. I think guys just finally stepped up to the plate and picked up their own personal games. When every single guy on the team is playing well, the whole team is. So, it makes a big difference.”
Asked if the Kings’ turnaround this week could be linked to the last of lockout rust falling away, Doughty said, “I think the rust has been gone for a while. We’ve been in the season for a month now. The rust is pretty much gone from everyone. You can’t really use the lockout as an issue or an excuse.”