Seven years ago today, in just his fifth game with the Kings, Drew Doughty
scored his first-career NHL goal on Colorado’s Peter Budaj – who now plays in Los Angeles’ system with the AHL’s Ontario Reign.
Down 4-2 to the Avalanche early in the third period, Doughty controlled the puck in the neutral zone as he waited for his teammates to touch-up to enter Colorado’s zone on-side. Once he did, he caught Colorado’s defenders off-guard, driving to the net himself.
With one man left to beat, Doughty, instead of trying to win the one-on-one battle with foot-speed and body positioning, chose to use his defender as a screen instead, adding in a quick last-second change to the angle of his shot to get the puck through.
Doughty’s goal brought the Kings to within one, but they would fall to the Avalanche 4-3.
Now in his eighth NHL season with the Kings, Doughty has totaled 268 points (66G, 202A) in 529 games. He has one point so far this season, assisting on Nick Shore’s goal on October 7th against the San Jose Sharks.