Los Angeles Kings Defenseman Drew Doughty Plays Goalie
Was it by starting goalie Jonathan Quick, who was in net? Nope
Did Jonathan Bernier make an appearance during the game? Wrong again
No, this time the hero in net was none other than stud defenseman Drew Doughty.
With Quick prone at the top of the crease, he moved in behind Quick, got down on his knees just in front of the goal line and kept the puck out with his stick.
At the time, the Coyotes were on the power play with a 2-1 lead.
Another goal would have been the difference maker, as the Kings ended up winning 3-2 in a shootout.
I loved this play for a variety of reasons, and I could go on and on about it.
But I’ll try to keep things short and sweet.
It was an intelligent, beautiful hockey play.
Doughty showed why he is a Norris Trophy nominee and should be again in the future.
To have the determination and presence of mind to not give up once the puck got past his goalie and actually think to go back there and stop it himself, is very impressive.
A mere attempt would have won my praise, but the fact that he succeeded makes it even better.
With this win, the Kings are officially in the postseason.
The team is going to face a great deal of pressure, and they will need to prove they can handle it.
While a regular-season game is no match for the intensity of the playoffs, it was a must-win game with a postseason-like atmosphere.
So Doughty making this play in such a situation is yet another reason I love it and him for doing so.
Knowing one of their young stars will actually remember to play defense under pressure and not give up is a very good sign for L.A.
The Kings still have two games left in the form of a home-and-home series with the Anaheim Ducks. The first game is 7 p.m. PT Friday in Anaheim.
As a reminder, through Saturday, follow @LAKings on Twitter and $1 will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
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