The irrepressible and hugely talented
In fact, the defenseman said he could play 40 minutes, if necessary.
Request (almost) granted.
An unusual set of circumstances combined to send Doughty's ice time soaring in the opening game of the historic hockey Freeway Series between the Kings and
Doughty logged more than 33 minutes of ice time in the Kings' 3-2 overtime victory in Game 1 of the
"Everyone probably played over 20 minutes," Doughty said. "I think all the D [defense] kind of liked that. With five D, if you ask every single one of the defensemen today, they like that better.
"Everyone is into the game. Everyone is PK-ing [penalty-killing]. Some guys were playing on their wrong side. You're just into the game. You don't have to think too much, 'Am I going to be up or not?' It's just rolling the lines [too], flowing it out. I thought we did a really good job."
Doughty was right. The remaining Kings defensemen all played in excess of 20 minutes, including
Not that the Kings were fresh coming into Saturday's extended battle. Their seven-game epic against the Sharks ended Wednesday night and their defense corps already was depleted because veteran
Again, Doughty downplayed the hardships.
"We're just ready to go," he said. "We wanted to get going. The good thing about not winning the series four games straight, or anything, was that we didn't have much time to reset and think about anything."
The defense definitely contributed Saturday. Martinez scored the game's first goal on a first-period power play, and Doughty had an assist on
The defensive play of the game was made by Martinez less than two minutes into overtime. Ducks star Corey Perry had an open net and Martinez blocked the shot.
"It was kind of a scramble in front," Martinez said. "I noticed [goalie
Doughty didn't know it was Martinez who came up with the game-saving save. One TV commentator called it a ball-hockey save.
"It was him that blocked it?" Doughty said. "That's huge because Quickie was out. He wouldn't have made the save, so good recognition by Marty to go down and be desperate and do whatever it takes."