Doughty’s OT winner gives Kings 4-3 win over Flames
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Drew Doughty and Matthew Tkachuk lived up to the hype around their rivalry.
Doughty scored a power-play goal 50 seconds into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.
Tkachuk scored twice, including the tying goal with 64 seconds left in regulation, and had an assist for Calgary.
The tension between Doughty and Tkachuk dates back to the latter elbowing the former in the face in 2017 during Tkachuk’s rookie season.
The Flames winger and the Kings defenseman have taken the odd verbal jab at each other off ice in the media. The men bring out the competitor in the other on the ice.
Doughty said before Tuesday’s game: “I think we both know who the better player is.”
He was more conciliatory in victory and downplayed the friction between the two players.
“You guys make a bigger deal of it than we do,” Doughty told reporters. “He’s just trying to play a good game.
“As much as he doesn’t want to say it, he knows I’m a really good player and he’s trying to get me off my game. But really, he’s just feeding into my game.
“We’re both good players. We just want to win games. That’s it.”
Said Tkachuk: “I’m excited for round two in two weeks in L.A.”
The Kings picked up their first win after falling 6-5 in their season opener to the host Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist, with Sean Walker and Ilya Kovalchuk also scoring for Los Angeles (1-1-0). Jack Campbell made 26 saves.
Noah Hanifin also scored for Calgary (1-1-1). David Rittich turned away 36 shots.
With Rittich pulled for an extra attacker, Tkachuk’s second goal of the game pulled the Flames even with 64 seconds remaining. The winger tipped the puck in the air on a rebound and batted it by Campbell.
The Kings took a man advantage into overtime with Calgary’s Sam Bennett serving a tripping minor.
Calgary trailed 3-0 midway through the second period when Tkachuk and Backlund scored within a three-minute span.
Campbell squeezed his pads too late on Hanifin’s backhand at 13:33 to pull the hosts within a goal.
Tkachuk scored off a broken play in the offensive zone, beating Campbell low stick side at 10:51 of the second period.
Kovalchuk batted a rebound in the air by Rittich at 3:46 of the second period. The Kings’ third goal was allowed to stand upon review.
Flames forward Milan Lucic and Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid fought after Kovalchuk’s goal.
The flat-footed Flames were outshot 20-3 in the opening period and failed to register a shot on net during a first-period power play.
Walker’s sharp-angled wrister from the boards fooled Rittich at 17:26.
A scramble for a rebound from Doughty’s shot squirted out to Toffoli, who beat Rittich glove side at 2:53.
Fans in the Saddledome booed Doughty whenever he had the puck.
The Flames gave their fans little to cheer about for half a game until Tkachuk’s goal sparked the home club.
“The personal rivalry between the two . . . the intensity that both of them bring, when you buy a ticket you’re going to watch those two closely,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said.
“Nobody went home disappointed I’m sure with Tkachuk’s or Doughty’s performances tonight.”
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