Two Olympic gold medals, one
That would be the often quirky observations of the uber-talented
"He's not changing," said Kings defenseman
Doughty and Muzzin, the Kings' No. 1 pair, are assigned the task of shutting down the
Toews scored once and linemate
Game 2 is Wednesday at the
"Those two guys are probably one of the top two pairs of forwards, along with [Ryan] Getzlaf and [Corey] Perry," Muzzin said. "We've got to do the job on them because their team builds a lot of momentum from them."
Said Doughty of Toews: "I think he has more heart than a lot of players and that's what separates him. Skill-wise he's got it all, but what I really have to be aware of when I play him is on the defensive end or in the neutral zone, if he's trying to forecheck me, I can't be making passes by him, he's going to knock those down."
Doughty's evolution accelerated last season when the Kings had to get by without veteran defensemen
"It wasn't the best thing for me and my career, but I was out of hockey for the year," Mitchell said Tuesday. "It put Drew in a situation — it was probably going to happen regardless — just the evolution of a career. He always played with someone who was a stay-at-home player and all of a sudden he was looked upon to be that person.
"That's why he's such a complete player in the league. This year, the coaches trusted [Muzzin] and Drew together, to be in that situation coming into the playoffs."
Muzzin grew up in Ontario, not far from Doughty, and they played against each other as youngsters.
The competitiveness has not ebbed with age, according to Muzzin.
"It's always a competition," Muzzin said. "Now that I play with him, it's always between me and him…. He's got so much skill. I think a lot of that is that he wants to win.
"All that good stuff rubs off on me, but for the most part we're just two guys who want to win and are having fun."
Chicago in the spring means convention time.
Even the Kings had to scramble for hard-to-book hotel rooms. They had to switch hotels after Game 1, and Kings Coach
"That was in my age group," Sutter said. "Lot of our players didn't know who all those guys walking around in blue-and-gold tights were.
"That's what happens in the playoffs. You don't know your schedule, especially with the city being so busy and conventions going on."
Toews had a funny line when asked whether he relished playing against great goaltenders.
"I guess you'd rather go against a goaltender who lets in more goals than that," Toews said. "We've got to do what we've got to do to score. We did a good job in the first game, but I still think we can generate more shots, more traffic and try and get on him earlier in the next one."
Toews played with the Kings'