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Doughty displays skills in home playoff debut

By Josh Brewster - NHL.com Correspondent

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Doughty displays skills in home playoff debut
Drew Doughty, with the first goal of his playoff career and three assists, was named the game’s second star Monday as the Los Angeles Kings held on for a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.
LOS ANGELES -- Drew Doughty, with the first goal of his playoff career and three assists, was named the game's second star Monday as the Los Angeles Kings held on for a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

"They're a great team," Doughty said of the Canucks. "But we came on late, and if we keep playing like we did tonight, we're going to win the series.

"Last year, and a couple of times this year, we let teams back in the game, let them score a couple of late goals when we were up," he added. "Tonight, we let them get that one but we got that fifth goal."

Doughty's first-period power-play goal tied the game after Vancouver's Mason Raymond opened the scoring. Los Angeles went 3-for-3 with the man advantage in Game 3.

"We've been working on it a lot in practice and definitely been watching video of their penalty kill, (so) we can see what they've been doing and what they're not doing," Doughty said. "We happened to open up those lanes today, and thank god those have been going in."

A third-period goal for the Canucks was disallowed after it was determined that Daniel Sedin's foot was moving in a distinct kicking motion.

"Huge," Doughty said. "A momentum changer for us. We were all excited on our bench. If that would have counted, it wouldn't have been the same. I don't know if it should have been a goal or not, but we're pretty happy it didn't (count)."

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