VANCOUVER, Canada — The panicked hue and cry from the
That's where the similarities end.
Quick immediately went home to Los Angeles and missed a substantial portion of the season. By contrast, Doughty, who appeared to injure his shoulder against the Sharks in the first period, continued on the trip with the team to Canada. Though the defenseman did not practice Friday, Kings Coach
If it had been a more substantial injury, Doughty would have returned to Los Angeles immediately to see Kings' team doctors.
No matter the immediate impact, it makes sense for the Kings to proceed with caution since the playoffs are fast approaching. Already, the Kings sat another veteran defenseman,
Doughty's durability has been impressive. He suffered an ankle injury in the seven-game playoff series against the Sharks last year, played through it and also in the next round against the
There might be even the slightest of silver linings. Doughty has had his off moments since the Olympic break ended, so sitting out could help him recharge his batteries before the playoffs.
Maybe the Kings would have rested him any way since they are locked into the third spot in the
The Kings were amused to see defenseman
"Slava is one of those guys, once he gets going he really gets into the game,"
Said Voynov: "That was nothing but hockey moment. Emotion."
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Etc.: Center Linden Vey was lent to Ontario of the East Coast Hockey League on Friday, but he is with the team in Vancouver. The transaction was essentially a paper move for salary cap reasons.