from Kristen Anderson of the Calgary Herald,
The rivalry between Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk and Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty was, once again, the topic of conversation in the days leading up to Tuesday’s game at Scotiabank Saddledome — the first instalment of the season.
“Well … we know who the better player is,” Doughty had said, smirking, a day earlier when asked about the ongoing back-and-forth.
This only seemed to throw gasoline on a fire that has been burning since Tkachuk’s rookie days in 2016-17 and added intrigue to an, otherwise, storyline-less game one week into the 2019-20 National Hockey League season.
But after Doughty’s overtime winner 50 seconds into the clash to win it 4-3 for the Kings — after Tkachuk tied the game 3-3 to force the extra frame — the outspoken former Norris Trophy winner put his hand to his ear, bringing on the home crowd’s boo birds.
Afterwards, he indicated that he wanted to bury the hatchet with Tkachuk.
“I want to put that to rest,” Doughty said. “That’s over. As you can see, we both thrive under emotional games. I think he had three points, and I think I had three points. I just want to put that to rest. He’s going to run me —that’s his job.
Below, watch Doughty's OT goal.