ST. LOUIS --
There was a buzz around the Los Angeles Kings
' locker room Saturday and the last couple days in the aftermath of defenseman Matt Greene
's shorthanded goal in Game 1.
"It's a little rare that he ever crosses the blue line," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
joked about Greene. "But that's what playoffs [are] about. Getting a little from every single guy on your team and to see a guy like him score in the playoffs, all of us were so happy for him and it just gave us a boost."
The Kings have three shorthanded goals [Dustin Brown
with two goals and an assist has been a part of all three of them], which matches their power play output in the postseason.
"We don't want to give them any time and space," Doughty said of the PK. "If good players have that space, they're going to find the seams and the open guy backdoor for an easy tap-in. We're definitely very aggressive on the penalty kill. We're blocking shots and that's kind of the motto of our team.
"It's been working out great for us. That aggressive style makes guys on the back-end panic when guys go 100 miles an hour at them. You're going to panic with the puck a little bit and with ice conditions and stuff like that, pucks are going to bounce over your stick or whatever it may be. Brownie's been doing a great job of reading those opportunities and it's been a big part to our playoff season so far."
Greene's goal broke a 1-1 tie late in the second period and propelled the Kings to a 3-1 victory.