Drew Doughty Fired Up After Sniping Top Corner Against Flames
— LA Kings (@LAKings) December 8, 2019
- As much as either player downplays it, the storyline between Matthew Tkachuk and Doughty is impossible to ignore.
- The Flames forward and the Kings defenceman do not like each other, this much we know. In Calgary, the local fans also seem to dislike Doughty, as they booed him every time he had the puck during Saturday’s game.
- Doughty stirred the pot prior to Friday’s game at Edmonton, telling the media there: “Calgary’s different. I don’t care to talk to their media or be there at all, to be honest. But I do enjoy winning there, for sure.”
- While Doughty was in on both first period markers, sending the Kings’ second goal top corner on Talbot to give the visitors a two-goal lead.
- It was a relatively quiet night in the Tkachuk-Doughty saga, but the Flames’ home crowd showed their support, with a brief ‘Let’s Go Calgary, Doughty Sucks,’ chant.
- Prior to the game, Tkachuk was asked about the once-heated rivalry.
“I don’t think about it anymore,” he said. “I just want to keep this winning streak going.”
- The two men did not appear to cross paths in any kind of overt way on Saturday night but that did not prevent Doughty from making some rather uncharitable comments at the expense of his opponent.
- The rivalry between Doughty and Tkachuk has been a rather fierce one so it should come as little surprise that Doughty did not have anything nice to say about him.
- That being said Doughty may have gone a bit far when he implied that Tkachuk could never so much as dream of comparing to the Kings’ defenseman.
“You know a guy that kind of thinks he is really good, but isn’t,” began Doughty. “Pisses me off on the ice to be honest but I’m over him. To be honest he thinks he’s something but he’s not even getting close to anything I’ve done in my career.”
- There is certainly some validity to Doughty’s comments given just how decorated of a player he is, but he is also considerably older than Tkachuk at this stage of his NHL career.
Sources & Credits: Toronto Sun, Hockeyfeed