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Kings’ Doughty on goalless drought: ‘It’s in my head’

Mar 7, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

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A three-time 10-goal scorer that racked up a career-high 16 in 2009-10, Drew Doughty‘s never had problems putting pucks in the net.

As such, one can understand his current level of frustration.

The LA Kings blueliner is goalless in 21 games this season and on Friday admitted the slump is getting to him.

“It’s frustrating, obviously,” Doughty told NHL.com. “It’s in my head too often. I want to get that goal really bad.”

While it’s not the first time he’s fallen into an early-season scoring funk — he only had two goals through 21 games last year — it’s the first time he’s failed to find the back of the net entirely, which is understandably maddening.

This is the same guy, after all, that scored 33 goals over his final two years with Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League.

That said, Doughty insists he won’t go chasing that elusive first tally.

“I’m still just playing my solid defensive game and if I have that opportunity, I’ll try to put one in the net,” he explained. “Yeah, it’s frustrating, but the coaches are happy with the way I’m playing.

“If I don’t score a goal and we’re winning, it really doesn’t matter.”

  1. kingsforever - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I’d rather have Drew scoreless and play like a God every shift (even Craig Simpson said that he plays the busiest shifts in NHL, every shift he’s prominent) than score and suck at everything else (aka Justin Schultz)

  2. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    After 35 years of my life the GO in Go King Go, is going

  3. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    And not gone!

  4. blomfeld - Mar 8, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    “HOLD YOUR POSITION” FRIEND !

    As an ardent, passionate and “values-driven” fan of the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, I have to admit that it “hurts” me to hear Drew talking like this. He’s without a doubt our absolute “best” skater on the ice “night in & night out” and he’s also arguably the “best” defense man in the game today. Nonetheless, his statement “if I don’t score a goal and we’re winning, it really doesn’t matter” is a true testament as to why he’s the epitome of the ultimate “selfless and dedicated” leader. I remember an instance last year in the playoffs (ie: perhaps against the Yotes?) when he was “tremendously” upset by a penalty called against him. The TV announcers were saying that “he better be careful” etc, due to his passionate and demonstrative reaction to the call. But for me, that spoke “volumes” about this man’s character and “unrelenting” dedication to our team. The bottom line is that Drew Doughty is a “supreme” warrior with the heart of a lion that beats “passionately and ceaselessly” for the glory which is our Los Angeles Kings! :)

    A Blomfeld Fatwa: “May the excellent player known as Doughty soon come to reap goals by the “bushels” and then may he find himself “immersed” with untold joy at coming upon such harvest .. inshallah” :)

    GO DREW !!!

    GO STANLEY CUP CHAMPION LA KINGS !!!

    GO “EVERYONE” WHO SUPPORTS THIS GLORIOUS TEAM !!!

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