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Drew Doughty gets defensive for L.A. Kings and he likes it that way

Drew Doughty gets defensive for L.A. Kings and he likes it that way

Drew Doughty’s teammates catch themselves marveling at the defenseman’s searing shots, pinpoint passing and deft puck control. 

But Doughty, who was recently chosen to play in his third straight All-Star game, still would rather take space away from opponents than thrive in it himself. 

“I think I’ve been playing really good defensively,” Doughty said Wednesday. “Especially the last month and a half, ever since we started that trip in Buffalo I felt like my game’s been at probably the highest it’s ever been. Maybe not putting up the points I’d like to put up, but defensively I feel great.” 

That trip started with the Kings allowing the Buffalo Sabres to...

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