Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty’s game-winning goal in overtime Tuesday against the Calgary Flames marked an exciting night for his team and another chapter in his personal rivalry with Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk.
Doughty’s Kings scored the first three goals of the night and held that 3-0 lead as late as midway through the second period — until Tkachuk and Co. came charging back to tie the game.
The feisty 21-year-old Flame capitalized on a Kings defensive zone turnover to score Calgary’s first goal of the night. He earned an assist on Noah Hanifin’s goal, too, and completed his team’s comeback when Doughty made an ill-advised clear through the center of the ice with just under a minute remaining.
The Flames kept the puck in the offensive zone, and Tkachuk corraled a rebound off of goalie Jack Campbell’s pads by batting it out of mid-air twice — once to settle the puck, and again to put it past Campbell to send the game to overtime.
Doughty ultimately earned the last laugh when he silenced the Scotiabank Saddledome with a one-time shot to win the game for the Kings, 4-3. He immediately prodded the fire further, celebrating by way of taunting Flames fans seated along the glass.
Doughty’s personal rivalry with Tkachuk dates back to an elbow to the face the Calgary forward delivered to the former Norris Trophy winner in March 2017, Tkachuk’s rookie season.
“[Tkachuk] had a good game too,” Doughty said postgame, noting Tkachuk’s three points. “But it’s not about me and him, it’s just about the Kings beating the Flames tonight and that’s all that matters.”
When reporters told Tkachuk what Doughty had to say after the game, all the feisty goal-scorer offered was this: “I’m excited for round two in two weeks in L.A.”
The Flames and Kings meet again Oct. 19 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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