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    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Cheap Senquez Golson Jersey . -- Drew Doughty had just played more than 39 minutes in a double-overtime playoff game, and he still couldnt sleep on the Kings flight back to Los Angeles. The Western Conference finals have ascended to a new level of tension after the Blackhawks dodged Los Angeles first attempt to eliminate them. Chicago trimmed its series deficit to 3-2 in an extra-time thriller in Game 5, while the Kings got a sleepless trip home. Los Angeles gets another chance to advance in Game 6 on Friday night. While the Kings have been incredible in elimination games this spring, Doughty realizes they cant sleep on the opportunity before them at Staples Center. "We know we cant let it go to a Game 7," Doughty said Thursday at the Kings training complex. "No matter what, this game has to be ours. Its so important for us to advance to the Stanley Cup Final that we win this game. If we give them this game, theyre going to have so much more life, and theyre going to be a different team. We need to take that and deal with it." Doughtys fellow Kings largely agreed with the star defencemans pointed declarations as they recovered from their worst defensive performance in 16 games. Jonathan Quick and the NHLs best defensive team gave up five goals to the Blackhawks, who survived despite Corey Crawfords fourth straight unimpressive effort in Chicagos net. Los Angeles, which blew a lead heading to the third period for the first time this spring, has mostly downplayed the notion of payback for last seasons conference finals loss to Chicago. But Doughty thinks it should be on the Kings minds before what might be the defining game of their season. "They know how to win," Doughty said. "We also know that they took our Cup back from us last year, so now its our turn. We want to eliminate this team. They eliminated us last year, and its our turn to return the favour. We need to go into Staples believing that we can eliminate this team, and do just that." While Doughty attempts to keep the Kings focused on Game 6, the Blackhawks intend to remember what got them off the canvas in Game 5 after the previous seven periods of the series were largely dominated by Los Angeles. Before Game 5, the Blackhawks curiously insisted all the pressure in the series rested on the Kings, not the team facing three straight elimination games. Whether the facile psychological ploy helped or not, the champions still seem to think Los Angeles is the team in trouble. "We want to stay with the mentality that were putting all the pressure on them," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said before the clubs flight to the West Coast. "Its going to be tough for them to close it out and win that fourth game against us." But the road has been tough on the Blackhawks, who are just 2-6 away from home in the post-season. Chicago was outscored 9-5 and beaten convincingly twice at Staples Center in this series, showing little of the offensive potency that got them to this point. Coach Joel Quenneville made another round of lineup adjustments to spark his team, and the Blackhawks had immediate success teaming Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw on a new line for Game 5. Kane, a ghost for much of the series, contributed four assists. "We have our backs against the wall here and face elimination, but were staying relaxed," said Saad, who had three points. "Weve been through it before, and it definitely helps. Weve had success on the road before, and L.A. is definitely tough, but were not going to let that end the season. We cant make any excuses whether were playing at home or away." The Kings spent much of the past month avoiding playoff elimination, already winning six games with their season in the balance, so they can appreciate the Blackhawks resilience. Chicago produced a three-goal first period and a third-period tying goal before Michal Handzus overtime winner capped one of the most entertaining NHL post-season games in recent history. Back home for Game 6, the Kings want their own defining victory. "I think for the fans, it was unbelievable to watch," said Marian Gaborik, who scored his 11th goal of a spectacular post-season. "But for us, it wasnt the type of game we want to play. You know, trade chances, trade odd-man rushes. "I think were going to have a lot of energy (in Game 6). If we win, we can be in the Stanley Cup Final. That itself should give you plenty of energy." Cheap Sammie Coates Jersey . Van Slyke drove in a career-high four runs with two homers off struggling left-hander Tony Cingrani, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled away to a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night, a rare comfortable win in their pitching-dominated series. Cheap Steelers Jerseys China . Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points, Shawn Marion had 22 and the Mavericks beat undermanned Philadelphia 124-112 Friday night, handing the 76ers their 10th straight loss.CALGARY - The Continental Cup of Curling served as an incubator for mixed doubles curling. The World Curling Federation believes the fast-forward version of the sport has matured enough for inclusion into the 2018 Winter Olympics.The WCF has asked the International Olympic Committee to add mixed doubles to the curling menu in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The IOCs programme commission is expected to decide on it and other proposed sports in April.A team consisting of just a male and female curler sliding out of the hack and chasing their own rocks down the ice is certainly a novelty for those who follow the sport.Mixed doubles has been part of the World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curlings format since the events inception in 2002.To give mixed doubles more legitimacy and thus more consideration by the IOC, the WCF introduced a world championship in 2008.The eighth world mixed doubles championship will be in Sochi, Russia, in April at the same time the IOC is meeting there.We have done our homework, WCF president Kate Caithness told The Associated Press in 2013. Hopefully it will appeal to the IOC.The worlds top curlers are invited to the Continental Cup and for most, its the only time they ever play mixed doubles.Team Canada and Team Europe square off in a second round of mixed doubles Saturday at this years event here.Its an interesting concept, said E.J. Harnden, who plays second for Olympic champion Brad Jacobs.Its fun for the audience and fans to watch. Theres a lot of action, big ends back and forth. I think the more we can get the sport of curling in the spotlight and on the international stage, more television coverage, more awareness is great for the game of curling.Swedish skip Niklas Edin isnt a fan of mixed doubles. The Olympic bronze medallist says if the IOC adds another curling event to the Winter Games, hed prefer full mixed gender teams.Its too much up to chance. You have no sweepers. Its boring to watch actually, Edin stated. I see how other teams like it, but I dont think its a good sport for the Olympics.You dont get good ice conditions when you dont have sweepers and you throw (to) one side (of the ice) all the time. You see so many big misstakes. Cheap Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys. The quality is too low.What mixed doubles has working in its favour for Olympic inclusion is traditional curling countries dont dominate it.Canadas stars dont have time to play in it because of their team commitments. Canada has won just one medal — a bronze — in the seven-year history of the world championship.Hungary won a world title in 2013 with Spain, New Zealand, France, and Austria also finishing on the podium in other years.Stremlaw says there are several arguments in favour of mixed doubles being in the Olympics. Thered be enough ice time to fit it into the 16 days of competition, it would add no more than two athletes per country and the mixed gender aspect would appeal to the IOC, which wants gender equality Olympic Games.The fact that it gives a chance to other curling nations to aspire to greatness, to aspire to podiums, the non-traditional ones, I think all of those things work in its favour in a massive way, Stremlaw said.The CCA hosts an annual mixed doubles championship to qualify a team for the world championship, but the discipline hasnt been a high priority for the organization.That would change quickly if the IOC gave it the green light for 2018. As a powerhouse country in the sport, there would be a sudden ramping up of mixed doubles in Canada.If it is a full-fledged Olympic sport, theres going to be massive changes I think in terms of training, what athletes are involved and certainly as the governing body, were going to have to make further investments, Stremlaw said. Were going to have pressure from Sport Canada, Own The Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee because theres going to be another Olympic medal.Well have to set up a whole new system that will ensure podium excellence.After winning gold in Sochi in February, Harnden and Jacobs third Ryan Fry could not imagine competing in mens curling and mixed doubles at the same Winter Games.I cant speak for everyone, but I would never try and play in both, Fry said. Its definitely two different sports.The strategy and the athleticism and the type of relationship you need to have with your partner is a completely different dynamic than you have with your team. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '