Though Doughty said he hoped to confront Quick in a shootout, the Kings and U.S. goalie said neither would have an advantage if it came down to that.
“He’s seen me go a lot of times in the shootout. I’ve seen him go a couple times,” Quick said Thursday after the U.S. team’s practice. “We both have a pretty good read on each other.”
But Quick said it will be easy to put aside his NHL friendships when the U.S. and Canada face off at Bolshoy Ice Dome.
“We came here to win a gold medal,” he said. “And in order to do that we need to win [Friday], and that’s our focus 100%.”
U.S. center David Backes of the St. Louis Blues and U.S. defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will face two of their NHL teammates, Canadian defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo. Backes said the Blues' Olympians prepared for that in advance.
“We had that conversation before we left, that we’re going to wear our country’s colors and play as hard as we can for our countries and we’ll figure out those relationships when we get back to our respective teams,” Backes said.
“And maybe it takes a cold beverage and someone’s got to buy dinner, but we’ll smooth that out afterwards.”
Other teammates who could be opponents in that semifinal:
The first semifinal, between Sweden and Finland, also will have
some NHL teammates facing each other: