Drew Doughty didn't mince words about being suspended for Game 2 of the LA Kings series against the Vegas Golden Knights tonight.
"I don't think it's suspension-worthy. I think it's B.S., really," Doughty said during his press conference after the Kings practice at T-Mobile Arena.
Video: Drew Doughty after morning skate on 4/13/18
The All-Star defenseman was responding to the one-game suspension that he received from the NHL's Department of Player Safety for his hit on Golden Knights' forward William Carrier during Game 1 of the teams' First Round series in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
"There are obviously a lot of things I want to say here, but first off, I hope Carrier's OK," Doughty said. "I see he's in the lineup, he's not injured, so he's OK, and I never intended to hit him in the head."
He added that they talked on the ice after the play.
"Carrier on the bench, talking to me and saying, 'You hit me in the shoulder, it's a good hit, it's a good hit,' so he had no problems with it, but I'm suspended," Doughty said.
The Department of Player Safety released a video explanation of the decision to suspend Doughty.
Video: Doughty suspended one game for an illegal check
"On the hearing and whatnot, we came to the conclusion that I did not intend to hit the head," Doughty said. "I did get his shoulder, and the thing we kind of didn't agree on was that he didn't move or alter position to make him vulnerable for the hit, which you can clearly see in the video that he plants on his right leg, going off his left, opens up his left shoulder and tries to jump to the inside, and that's why he ends up in the middle of the ice."