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Drew Doughty- The Los Angeles ‘Dodger’

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

"I'm the first to dodge hits," the Los Angeles Kings' most indispensable skater said Wednesday, when the topic of being targeted by the opposition was raised.

"I'm not going to take a hit for no reason. If it's taking a hit to make a play, I'm going to do that, but if I can make the play and then dodge the hit, I'm going to do it every time. I really don't care what anyone says about that."

It's no news to the 24-year-old defenceman that the Anaheim Ducks, who trail their playoff series 2-0 with Game 3 Thursday night at Staples Center, figure their best chance of reversing the tide is to keep pounding away at Doughty, and Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick, in the belief that the punishment will eventually take its toll.

For that reason alone, the extra day off between games was especially welcome for the Kings, whose defensive corps is down a couple of bodies, with veterans Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr both out. Doughty has played just a hair under 60 minutes of the first two games.

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SYF's avatar

Lidstrom was a genius in this.  Doughty and Letang are good at it, too.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 05/07/14 at 06:41 PM ET

blammo's avatar

“It just happens to be a crowded podium at the moment.”

Subban
Doughty
Chara
Keith
(Letang)
(Suter)

Has there ever been an era where defencemen have been the dynamos of so many teams?

It feels like a renaissance for the position. Especially Doughty and Subban (right now), but the other guys are all capable of stepping up at any moment as well.

I think because systems are so defensive now, you need your defencemen to be offensive, or you really don’t stand a chance in today’s game.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 05/07/14 at 10:58 PM ET

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