Los Angeles Kings Defenseman Drew Doughty Plays Goalie

Los Angeles Kings analyst Jim Fox called a play in the second period of last night’s playoff-clinching-win over the Phoenix Coyotes “maybe the save of the season”.

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.

Photo via Flickr user bridgetds

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.

Watch the play on Kings Vision.

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.

This story also appears on The Royal Puck on the Aerys Sports network.

Twitter: @daniparenteau, @RantSports & @LAKings

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  • connor

    Why don’t teams always do that? Give a guy a little extra padding, and place him in the crease to block shots like a goalie. There is no rule that says that the defender can’t remain in the crease.

    I also think this would work in lacrosse. Hell, if it works,

    put two defenseman in the net.

    The objective of the game is to keep the puck out of your own net, so why the heck wouldn’t you be sure to cover the net!

    • Danielle Parenteau

      Well, I think the NHL would frown upon that, but it would be a funny sight to see!