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Doughty excelling while taking physical toll

May 6, 2014, 10:31 AM EDT

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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has been taking a beating all playoffs, but it hasn’t seemed to affect his play.

Following L.A.’s 2-0 win in Game 2, the physical toll he’s taken through the first two games against Anaheim was brought up to Doughty and, as Corey Masisak of NHL.com shares, he’s playing it off like it’s not a big deal.

I’m always going to see that kind of stuff, even in the regular season I see the exact same stuff,” Doughty said. “Maybe not to this extent, where I’m getting run at 10-15 times a game. The San Jose series, I think they were running me way more than this team, so I’m not complaining.”

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said they’re making it a point to hit him and get him off his game, as Jon Rosen of L.A. Kings Insider shared, but Doughty’s performance is showing it’s not working. Not yet at least.

Through nine games of the playoffs, Doughty has a goal and seven assists and is carrying the bulk of the workload on the blue line averaging over 27 minutes of ice time per game. Now with Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr out, he’s having to do a lot more. That might just work out to the Kings benefit if he keeps playing like this.

  1. patthehockeyfan - May 6, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Doughty is clearly taking a beating. He’s some kind of super-human, though, ’cause he takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

    Boudreau put it well: “Well, he’s one of the best in the world, if not the best defenseman in the world. We acknowledge that, and we’re trying to get him off his game. But he’s on the ice all the time, and he’s a difference maker.”

    Doughty won’t be a Norris Trophy candidate playing for the Kings. That’s not their game plan. But, watching him play for Team Canada in the Olympics gave you some idea as to his offensive abilities.

    Go, Dewey!!!!
    GKG!!!

  2. 19to77 - May 6, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Last night they mentioned something similar about Perry, noting that he leads the Ducks in hits taken through the playoffs. Unlike with Doughty, though, it seems to actually work – he goes from 40+ goals in the regular season to one goal in the playoffs so far, and it was last round against Dallas.

  3. blomfeld - May 6, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    “Following L.A.’s 2-0 win in Game 2″ … Joe Yerdon

    _______________________________________

    AHEM … didn’t we win 3-1 last night ? :)

    Notwithstanding my love for the LA Kings, everyone must surely agree that Drew Doughty is the ‘quintessential’ NHL defense man eh ? In fact, he sometimes reminds me of Paul Coffey though in a much more ‘tougher & physical’ way. A truly offensive master, a fearless defender, a terrific skater, a creative & visionary mind … he’s got it all ! Yet what I find most inspiring about Drew Doughty is the unwavering spirit of ‘esprit de corps’ which he brings to the rink each & every night ! … everything and anything for team and victory !!! Of course that spirit reigns throughout our entire team from top to bottom, however Drew personifies that better than anyone else !

    GO DOUGHTY !!! … GO KINGS !!! … GO VICTORY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    ps: you Wild are ‘gonna help us’ by losing to the Hawks !

    • tved12 - May 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Nobody can take you seriously when you say you love the Kings.

      I used to actually enjoy your witty posts, but then when you’re team was down 3-0 you disappeared. Somebody who loves their team doesn’t do that. You take your medicine and support your team. You’re not a fan of the Kings, it’s just the Lakers are down for a few years and you can’t stand a losing team ever.

  4. aldog83 - May 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Hope Mitchell and Reghyr get healthy.

    Playoffs long grind.

    Kings reserve Defensemen have been doing a great job.

    One at a time Kings!!

    GKG!

  5. jkaflagg - May 6, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    The Sharks banged Doughty (and all the LA defensemen) in the first 2 games, but gradually lost the will it takes to play that game all the time and the Kings took control of the series. Anaheim is better suited to continue to play that style over a full series, but as Doughty points out, everybody plays that way against him all the time – it’s the only way to maintain any kind of control against him. Unless he sustains another injury, it won’t likely affect him too much.

    That said, the series is far from over – “home ice” is not quite the same advantage when the rinks are only 30 miles away and nobody has to hop on an airplane. Still thinking 6 or 7 games here.

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