Prior to the start of the 2014 NHL Finals, Los Angeles Kings’ defenseman Drew Doughty lamented the fact that he can no longer wander around Los Angeles unrecognized. Ever since the team won a Stanley Cup back in 2012, the 24-year-old is a celebrity around town.
He is only going to draw more attention if he keeps up his solid play in the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals against the New York Rangers. Having entered the series as the leading scorer among defenders in the playoffs, Doughty kept it up with this clutch goal, his 5th of the postseason, to tie things up.
Many folks noted the intriguing match-up in these finals between two elite defenseman. For the Kings that would be Doughty. For the Rangers it is Ryan McDonagh. Both men have reputations as two-way defenders, which Doughty showed once again with this goal in the second period.
Set up by a nice pass, Doughty creeped in on the net seemingly uncontested. With Henrik Lundqvist on an island, Doughty caught him a bit off balance and was able to sneak it through his pads, though just barely.
Facing an elite and hot goaltender like Lundqvist, the Kings have to be sure to capitalize on their big chances. That’s what Doughty was able to do on this play.