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Kings of Columbus - Doughty

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

KINGS OF COLUMBUS


Drew Doughty is playing in his first-career NHL All-Star Game this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. It's probably one of the last things the Kings' superstar defenseman needs scratched off of his bucket list. Doughty chats about 3-on-3 OT, cheating, Vegas, and those neon-green ASG uniforms.

Doughty, on if he thinks 3-on-3 OT is a good idea for the league:

“We actually played 3-on-3 maybe two games ago, or last game, it was tiring, it was really tiring. You come back on defense and you make a play, and then you’re trying to get up on the play and it’s just continuous 3-on-2 and 3-on-2 and it’s exhausting. I think it would make overtimes finish quicker, and with the way our team has done in the shootout this year, I could go for 3-on-3 overtime. Shootouts are kind of cool for the fans, but it’s kind of a crappy way to lose a point, losing in a shootout, especially when we’ve lost like 11 of them this year.”

On why he mentioned this has been his “best season”:

“I think my production, I’ve finally been getting some points, which I haven’t been getting since my second year in the league, but I’m playing well both ways. I’m put in all situations, I’m more physical, I’m better defensively, just having more experience I just feel better on the ice. I’m making better plays with the puck, and without it. I feel like I’ve been playing my best.”

On how he’s stepped up his physical game:

“Basically, that’s because of our coaches. Darryl wants every single guy on our team to play that way, he expects every guy to be a hard checker, to be working as hard as they possibly can. Now that I’m a little older, and more of a leader on our team, I need to show the younger guys and the younger defensemen how to play, and playing physical is one of our team’s mottos.”

On if there are there any kinks hockey players use to gain an advantage during a game, stemming from the controversy surrounding the NFL:

“No I don’t think so, they have pretty strict rules. Like I know in the past goalies used to have little cheaters on their gear and stuff like that, but now they have it pretty strict and they check the goalies gear so they’re not able to do that, but no, there’s nothing.”

[Reporter: Not even like cheating on face-offs or something like that?]

“Oh yeah, they definitely cheat on face-offs, and cheat throughout the game, like I’ll hold someone’s stick or doing something like that. That happens, it’s just part of the game though.”

On if he’s “ticked” that he didn’t win the Lou Marsh Award for Canada’s Athlete of the Year:

“I wouldn’t say I’m ticked, obviously I would have liked to win, I don’t know what else I really could’ve done to not win, but the person that won it was obviously very deserving at the same time. But no, I’m not ticked, but I would have liked to have won the award.”

On the possibility of an NHL team in Vegas:

“I think that would be cool. I’m not sure how good their fanbase would be from Vegas, but I’m sure people going there to visit would be there and I know the visiting teams would enjoy it a lot. They’ll probably have the best home record in the league over there.”

On what he thinks of the All-Star Jerseys:

“They’re cool.”

[Reporter: You like them?]

“Yeah, they’re cool. I like them.”

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