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by Paul on 05/31/12 at 11:53 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Doughty has a surfer boy’s demeanour when things are going well. He is apt to blurt out just about anything, with every third sentence is punctuated by the word “awesome.”
Goaltender Jonathan Quick is awesome. Head coach Darryl Sutter is awesome. The Kings’ new-found notoriety in Los Angeles is totally awesome.
There is a confident swagger about Doughty, but it is not offensive. More than anything else, it’s his youthful exuberance that comes tumbling out. The way Doughty plays, it’s easy to forget he’s just 22 and, according to Sutter, still learning the ropes, and getting better all the time.
To Doughty, he is now playing hockey “the way I used to play, just kind of carefree, having fun out there. Once I started to have fun out there, that’s when I hit my stride. Now, I’m feeling good.”
For their part, the Devils know they have to attack the Kings defence far better than they did in the opener when the best-of-seven series resumes Saturday. According to New Jersey centre Travis Zajac, the Devils had issues because the Kings defencemen collectively stood up so well, and got a lot of back pressure help from their forwards.
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