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Video: Doughty lands hip check on OEL, catches official too

Jan 28, 2014, 11:44 PM EDT

If hockey hits were like music, then the hip check might be vinyl: beloved by aficionados, but hard to come by* and old-fashioned. For that reason, the better ones draw the hockey world’s attention, as Drew Doughty‘s did on Tuesday.

The easiest explanation for the hip check’s waning relevance is that it’s really tough to line people up like that in such a fast league. It’s also a check that’s relatively difficult to control, which probably explains why an official also took some of the impact from a blow meant for Oliver Ekman-Larsson:

* – Or at least they used to be.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Hate the Kings, love the hit. Can’t beat an ol’time hip check

    • blomfeld - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      after Quickie, my favorite player in the game today ! :)

  2. Stiller43 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Love it. Great hit

  3. charlieconway96 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Yes, that was an awesome hit. But, what if, just what if we could score a goal every now and then? For a team with the lowest GAA in the league, we’ve been losing a lot lately.

    • ryanprzy - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      Your team isn’t clicking on offense right now, but offense comes and goes. You guys have very solid defense and goaltending, and you’re pretty much a lock to make the playoffs.

      No matter what seed the Kings go in as, I’d hate to be the team that faces them in the first round.

      • charlieconway96 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        I agree 100%. At the same time, this isn’t a new problem for the Kings. The last few years over all they’ve struggled to score. They do have a few goal scorers, all of whom (with the exception of Carter) have been slumping for a long time. I’m not saying they need to dump Richards or something like that but at the same time, they need to do something to generate goals. One of the best defensive teams in the league no question, at the same time, you need to score goals from time time to time. There are only so many games you can win 1-0 or 2-1.

  4. ryanprzy - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    That Doughty hit reminded me of Rob Blake.

    Not too often you see a damn fine defenseman make a highlight-reel hit on another damn fine defenseman.

    Nice work, kid.

  5. w3bstur - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    Nice hit but OEL gets the last laugh with a two goal performance on em

  6. patthehockeyfan - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Jeez, I love to watch Dewey! His skating and defense, his puck handling, his hip checks. An all-around great, great defenseman. And not a bad scorer, either. He’s my #2 (actually, 1-A) favorite King.

  7. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM


    • patthehockeyfan - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      You’re dogging me today, aren’t you, sharks? (Again, I’m laughing.)

      I pay a lot of attention to the Kings. Dewey, Kopi, Carts, Richie, Quickie, Jonesy. When I think of them and write about them, their nicknames come to mind more easily sometimes than their full, given names.

  8. kingcobraman - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    its just the sharks being jealous of the kings…no cups hey sharky ….hahahaha…

  9. dipthatchip - Jan 30, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    surprised I guessed who/what OEL is before I clicked into the article

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